How to replace an old video card

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by riesman101, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. riesman101 macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2008
    I have a dual 2 ghz G5 desktop with a ati Radion 9800 pro AGP video card that has quit working. Given that the machine is over 5 years old, what options do I have for a replacement?

    Any help would be helpfull
  2. IroquoisPliskin macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2008
    Look on ebay for keywords "G5 AGP" and you'll find many many many choices.
  3. Chaos123x macrumors 68000

    Jul 8, 2008
    look for the Nvidia 6800 Ultra or better yet the Ati X800.

    Both pretty hard to find though. You can get a older card from OWC.
  4. Chaos123x macrumors 68000

    Jul 8, 2008
    best peformance price option is a flashed Ati X850 XT card.

    Just buy the PC version and flash the rom yourself , or buy it preflashed on eBay.
  5. TheReef macrumors 68000


    Sep 30, 2007
    NSW, Australia.
    Yes, both the 6800 and x800 would be the best choices.
    Unless your experienced avoid flashing, preflashed cards can be hit or miss be careful what you buy, not all ports may be functional (I remember the DVI port wasn't functional on some preflashed x800 cards).
  6. Earl Urly macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2004
    You can do better looking for a flashed 7800 AGP, it kicks over the 6800 and draws less power and is not as bulky.

    A flashed X800/X850 will only give you analog VGA. DVI port will not work but if you don't care about DVI then it's fine
  7. Chaos123x macrumors 68000

    Jul 8, 2008

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