More powerful video card needed for MDD FW800 G4?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by csundt, Aug 10, 2014.

  1. csundt macrumors newbie

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    This will be my first post here, I thought I would try to put this to people who will most likely know the answer.

    Some time ago, I was able to score a Mirrored-Drive-Door FW800 G4 with a lovely ADC Cinema display on Craigslist for a great price. I wanted the machine to both use as an extra computer in another room, and to run an older scanner or mine that is pretty much PowerPC only.

    I am a photographer who sometimes makes video works, and now have the need to do more editing and have been able to get a copy of Final Cut Studio 2 on eBay, which I have since learned would evidently prefer a higher-end video card than I have.

    My G4 came with the ATI Radeon 9000 that has 64mb of ram. I would like a card that is a bit faster, which I assume will now maybe not be going for so much. Final Cut displays a message at launch requesting a card that is OpenGL compatible, and while I assume it will run, I would still like to see what cards are available.

    I am a bit unclear as to which cards available provide power for the ADC connector, as I would still like to use my display and I don't really want to seek out one of the adaptors for it to work through DVI.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    The most powerful G4 ADC card is the very rare and pricy ATI 9700. After that is the non-CoreImage enabled, yet still powerful, Nvidia GeForce4 Ti. Those are your two best choices for a G4 ADC video card. There's one more that could be used, but it requires some modification. Get a G5's ADC ATI 9600 XT card and modify it to work in your G4. Their cheap and still powerful. This link details how to modify a G5's 9600 video card: http://pistolerapost2.com/viewing/96002g4.html
     

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