Is a ATi 9200 too much video card...

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Dane D., Jul 7, 2005.

  1. Dane D. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 16, 2004
    Is a ATi 9200 (PCI) too much video card to use with a B/W G3/300, 576MB RAM? I run Photoshop v7, Illustrator v10, GoLive v6, QuarkXPress v4.11 and Netscape v7; all main apps. My only game is UT GOTY v436 and Links 2000. I do not plan on any upgrade soon and would like this computer to last 1 -3 more years of serious usage than pass on to daughter. Currently can boot in OS 9.2.2 off original 6GB (5400rpm) HD or boot OSv10.2.8 off internal SCSI 8.48GB (7200) HD via Adaptec PCI SCSI card. Also have installed a 12GB HD under CD drive. Bottom line is a $124.00 plus S/H worth it?
  2. iShadow macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2005
  3. stevey500 macrumors 6502

    Sep 8, 2004
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    Thats interesting, if its an old G3... will you get quite a performance boost out of it since the OS has such a high priority in graphics? Or would the G3 be to slow to make much of a difference ... *-)
  4. form macrumors regular


    Jun 14, 2003
    in a country
    It's the frigging PCI bus that'll choke you and waste your money.
  5. shadowmoses macrumors 68000


    Mar 6, 2005
    Thats right....It would be a total waste on your B&W G3 due to the bottleneck of PCI for graphics cards...

    ShadOW ;)
  6. keysersoze macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    Yes, if you do anything, go to and get a CPU upgrade. You can probably get an 800mhz G3 for a little more than that 9200 graphics card. It would do you better in the long run.

  7. carlos700 macrumors regular


    Dec 17, 2004
    Omaha, NE
    I agree, you should make a CPU upgrade card your first priority. If you have some money left over, then you should purchase an ATI RADEON 9200 Mac Edition graphics card.
  8. Dreadnought macrumors 68020


    Jul 22, 2002
    Almere, The Netherlands
    I have heard that the 7500 is the most power for graphics you can get out of a B&W because of the PCI bus. So save your money and get the 7500.
  9. Dane D. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 16, 2004
    Too many horror stories with...

    I've read too many horror stories associated with CPU upgrades. Esspecially when speeds are close to or above 1 Ghz. I figure to pull the current vcard and replace with something better be it a 7500 or 9200. With respect to PCI speed the video port is 66mhz while the other PCI ports are 33mhz. To me the 9200 would serve me better since I'm upgrading to OS 10.3x in a week. Besides another RAM chip I've run out of cheap upgrades. And $125 is cheap. This computer has served my needs and more since installing OS X. I hate to part with it but a 1.25Ghz G4 machine would be a nice addition to my collection(has to be dual boot and able to install and run classic OS 9.2.2.

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