Power Mac G4 - Best Graphics Card?

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  1. user1690 macrumors regular

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    Hey guys,

    I recently purchased a Power Mac G4 and im wondering what graphics cards you would reccommend?

    Currently this is the card installed:
    ATI RADEON 9000 PRO
    64MB VRAM
    AGP BUS


    I'm hoping for a graphics card that will support Core Image and be 64MB or above in VRAM.

    If it helps with your response(s), the specs of the system are below;
    A side note too, i do not own a PC so will not be able to grab a graphics card that would need a ROM Flash.

    Model Name: Power Mac G4
    Model Identifier: Powermac3,6
    Processor Name: PowerPC G4 (3.3)
    Processor Speec: 1.25GHz
    Number of CPUs :1 Processor
    256KB L2 Cache
    1MB L3 Cache
    1.5GB DDR SDRAM
    167MHz Bus Speed
     
  2. rabidz7 macrumors 65816

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    Flashed Geforce 6200 or 6800 ultra. They can be bought pre flashed.
     
  3. 666sheep macrumors 68040

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    None of above will work in MDD.

    Radeon 9800 is best bang for buck. You can flash it on a Mac, but you'd need another Mac (for VNC method) or PCI card. You can also buy preflashed one.
     
  4. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    Radeon 9600 XT. Unless it's only marginally more expensive, don't bother getting better. You're going to be far more CPU limited. If you got some kind of ~1.6GHz dual G4 CPU upgrade, you could go for a pre-flashed 256MB ATI FireGL X3 (they get flashed with Radeon X800 XT ROM.)
     
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    People seem to be missing this part of the post, or it was added later.

    DVWarehouse has a good selection of available GPU's for G4's. I'm not sure how competitive their prices are, you might check ebay (just make sure the description specifically says it is for a Mac)

    http://www.dvwarehouse.com/Power-Mac-G4-Video-Cards-c-256_5094.html

    A couple of years ago there was a post here linking to a great website listing every G4 compatible GPU, including a section with flashed GPU's. Unfortunately I can't find it, maybe someone else can or has the link.
     
  7. user1690 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah they are missing that, it was there when i first created the post. I'll check that link out now, thanks :)
     
  8. cocacolakid macrumors 65816

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    I still can't find the specific list I wanted to link for you, but here is a list of all Core image supported graphics cards for Macs (not all are G4 compatible):

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Core_Image#Supported_Graphics_Processors

    Some of these cards can still run $100 or a little more. I'm not sure how much you're willing to spend for "the best" or if you just want a much better card at a decent price?
     
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  11. Intell macrumors P6

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    They still exhibit lots of problems like freezing, sleep problems, and kernel panics in MDD G4's and that's why it isn't recommended to use those cards in a MDD G4's.
     
  12. OSMac macrumors 65816

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    I have a 9800 Pro for the PC, but no longer have a AGP PC.
    I also have a PCI Rage 128 for our Quicksilver 2002.

    Can I flash the 9800 in the QS? How?

    I read using the 9800 under os 9 will have limitations, what are those?
     
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    For what it's worth, I took the original Radeon 9600 XT from my G5 into a Digital Audio G4 and got it to work by using an X-ACTO knife (I think blade #2) to slice through the two AGP x8 connector libes.
     
  15. user1690 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Found a GPU, but its listed for G5?

    Hi guys!

    In the ongoing search for a Core-Image capable graphics card for my PowerMac G4 (3,6) , I stumbled across an ATI 9600 Pro with 128MB of VRAM (Dual DVI Ports).

    This seems fine for making things a little smoother on this system, at least for what i'd like.

    One little hiccup, they are listed as being for G5 systems, from what i can tell however, the G4 will run it if i tape off pins 3, and 11, so the 8x AGP card speed is forced to 4x.

    Am i correct in assuming thats all i need to do or is there more?

    I took a peek at the link (http://themacelite.wikispaces.com/AGP+Graphics+Card+Compatibility+Chart (Thanks to Dave H) and it lists the 9600 as compatable with the pins taped but i just want to make sure, already sunk some money into this but didnt do research first and ended up buying unflashable 9600's for PC's (with slower TSOP memory)
     

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