iMac G3 w/8MB video ram vs 16MB vRam, what will run 10.4 better? Does it matter?

Treymac

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Aug 12, 2007
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Hey guys. First post.

I'm planning on getting my first mac since the iMac G3's are cheap enough on eBay now. I'm going to be getting one with 600Mhz and then I will max out the Ram. But I'm looking at two, one is the snow(white) iMac which has 16MB of video ram. The other is a blue one, not sure what the colour is called, but I like the colour better than snow. Anyways, that one only has 8MB of video ram. Other than that, the specs are exact same. Will the difference in video ram make much of a different when I run OSX 10.4?

Thanks a lot.
 

mad jew

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Apr 3, 2004
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Yeah, it'll make a difference but they'll both be pretty slow. Panther might be a better bet. It has a good compromise between stability, features and resource usage. :)
 

Cabbit

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Jan 30, 2006
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it will make no diffrence since both are ati rage 128's witch cant use quarts/extream. And them both being G3's wont help ether. I dont know were you live but on ebay here G4 imacs and minis sell for just a little more than the G3 model and are much faster machines.
 

mad jew

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Apr 3, 2004
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You're right about the Quartz Extreme capabilities (or lack thereof), but I still think the additional VRAM will help slightly. Nevertheless, I agree that a cheap G4 is a much better option and would probably be much better value too. :)