Justifying new Video Card on G5 PowerMac

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Zisa, Feb 16, 2009.

  1. Zisa macrumors member

    Feb 10, 2009

    I recently bought a lovley G5 Dual 1.8GHz Power Mac. I have upgraded the RAM to 6GB and have a TB of storage.

    I mainly use Adobe CS2, though I want to upgrade to CS3 soon.

    I also use iMovie 08 alot. Will I benefit from replacing the existing 64MB video card with a new 256MB card?

    Other than the ability to connect a wider/bigger screen, will I notice any improvements in iMovie performance?

    Will Leopard take advantage of the additional VRAM?

    BTW - I do not play any games on it. I use my son's PS2;)
  2. kornyboy macrumors 68000

    Sep 27, 2004
    Knoxville, TN (USA)
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    You will probably see a performance boost in Adobe. I believe that CS3 puts quite a few tasks on the GPU so you should see a good bit of difference there. I don't know if iMovie takes full use of the GPU. I know that if relies heavily on the amount of RAM and CPU speed. Hope this helps.
  3. NoNameBrand macrumors 6502

    Nov 17, 2005
    Halifax, Canada
    I hate to say it, but I find iMovie '08 to be unusable on my Dual 1.8GHz G5. I have 5GB of RAM and an ATI x800 video card (256MB VRAM). I've not tried it with the OEM ATI 9600.

    Much more usable on my 2006 MacBook.

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