First of all. I have seen alot complaining about the 7300gt. Everyone cries. Oh, its a crappy card, why did apple do this to us? They should a put in a <Insert Whatever Graphics card here>! I know the 7300gt is kinda a sucky graphics card. Its a very sucky graphics card. BUT, theres a very good reason they chose it. But first, let me give a stroll down memory lane... My first "Professional" level mac was a "PowerTower Pro 225" http://www.lowendmac.com/power/towerpro.html http://news.com.com/Mac+clones+with+Power/2100-1001_3-259380.html For thouse of you that dont know what model that is. Its a Mac that came from the company "Power Computing". It was one of the Mac Clones from way back when. Now, I could have just told you the specs, and not shown you thouse 2 links, but they are important, and they help me illustrate a point. That computer, at its time, was bleeding edge macintosh technology. It was, by all means, a Workstation Computer. Also, notice the Graphics Card. It was its own PCI card for 2D acceleration. It had absolutely ZERO 3D acceleration. But, there was 3D acceleration, even cards with both 2D and 3D on them. So why would this bleeding edge Mac have a non-3D accelerated card? Because it doesnt need it. The Mac Pro is the same way. If your not gunna use 3D, you dont need it.... sorta. If your buying a Mac Pro for your recording studio, and its office equipment, and the only things that will ever run are Audio programs, are you ever gunna need to use that 3D? Nope*. What if your a Programmer that needs the fastest processors money can buy so you can compile your code quicker. Will he need 3D? Nope*. How about if your going to use this computer to run a "Video-Bank" of 8 monitors, You gunna need it then? Nope*! Now, how many other situations are there where thouse people will not benifit from it at all? There are alot im sure. Heres what im getting at. Putting a better video card in the system as its "Default" card, will raise the temp, and the power consumption as well as the total cost. Alot of people dont need that extra OOMPH of 3D, they just dont. In fact, Im HAPPY Apple chose that card. You should be too. Because it addresses two of the biggest issues that alot of people have with Apples (esp G5). Its Too Hot/Noisy, It costs too much. For a guy like me, whos gunna buy that computer with the default card, just so I can rip it out. It doesnt make sense to put anything more powerful in there. Thank you for not putting a more expensive card in there apple, you saved me money. All the other people out there that are happier that this is a quieter computer too, say thanks to apple. Because with a bigger card, comes more heat, comes more cooling, comes more of that noise you hate so much. In fact, all the people that dont really need all that 3D stuff, they should be happy as well. But here comes the question, Why the 7300? Why not something even cheaper and more replaceable? Also, you may have noticed I astrick'ed the fact that people dont need 3D. Well... they sorta do. Without looking at any of the numbers on how fast that card runs. I wouldnt be supprised if this card is the lowest level card that can run a 30" ACD and do all the 3D animations in the GUI reasonably fast. And im sure that this card was one of the top choices in the Price to Preformance to Heat ratio. Also keep in mind, Apple has a configuration for 4 of thouse things in there. I dont know how much hotter the next step up was... but lets say its a measly 2 degrees warmer. The final temp for a 4 card setup gets another 8 degrees added to it. 8 Degrees isnt a deal breaker by itself, but considering heat issues from before... a few degrees here and there, and all of sudden, they will have to ship it with even more fans, which means more R&D in the end, more cost for parts, which in the end means a more expensive computer. You see... apple isnt selling you a 3D card in this computer. They are really selling you a 2D card that has just enough 3D to animate the GUI. Of course, you could read what apple has to say about graphics cards... "The NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT, which comes in our standard configuration, provides excellent all-around performance for creative applications. If you’re working in motion graphics, animation, digital photography, or 3D design and visualization, the faster ATI Radeon X1900 XT may suit your needs perfectly. Or choose the NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 graphics card. One of the most advanced graphics cards available, the Quadro FX 4500 provides a 3D stereo graphics port for stereo-in-a-window applications, making it an excellent choice for high-end scientific visualization." http://www.apple.com/macpro/graphics.html So, the first paragraph is saying. "If you wanna just do whatever on your computer, you can stick with the 7300. But if you are gunna do anything more than that, well you better upgrade." So can we please stop complaning about the 7300? If you need a better video card, buy one, end of story.