Power Mac G5 graphics question.

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by L Oquence, Dec 1, 2014.

  1. L Oquence macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2014
    I'm so happy right now. My Dual Processor 2.3 ghz G5 is almost fully upgraded... it has 8gb of ram, I'm getting a 1tb hard drive for it.

    The only thing I'm not entirely sure if I want to upgrade is the ATI Radeon 9650, I haven't done much research into the graphics cards in g5's, but this one passes the gut test just fine. I can run Marine Aquarium with WallSaver to have a fish animated background, and run ScreenFlow or Desktop Recorder while playing a game like Call of Duty 1, or Civilization 3. I can also edit said gameplay in Imovie just fine.

    But, assuming you were in my position, would you keep the 9650 or get a different card?
  2. 128keaton macrumors 68020


    Jan 13, 2013
    Well, I run a 6790 and a GTX650, so you might be good.
  3. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    That's a good card. Not a top of the line model, but still a good card. What is the resolution of the display you use?
  4. L Oquence thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2014
    2 apple studio displays both 1024 x 768
  5. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    That card is able to drive those two displays well. I suggest not upgrading it at this time.
  6. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland
    I have one in my G5 and it handles fine. I wouldn't waste money upgrading until you see a hard limit on its power.
  7. supernova777, Dec 12, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2014

    supernova777 macrumors member

    Dec 22, 2007
    i bought a radeon 9800 pro for my powermac g5 1.8ghz single
    that i use for music, mostly osx midi sequencing..

    and it made such a huge difference in the usability of the machine
    i lucked out and scored a nice silent cooler for it too for free happend to eye
    it on the shelf at a friends place lying there unused + abandoned;D

    as far as i know the top of the line for the pci based macs

    7800 GS AGP nvidia
    7600 GT AGP nvidia
    x800XT AGP radeon
    x850XT AGP radeon

    these 4 cards are leaps + bounds better then my radeon 9800 pro even

    im not sure about the pci-e dual core g5's
    but in the pci/pci-x g5's the stock cards suckkkkk
    radeon 9650 is best of the suck stock cards tho possibly
    the worst obv the 5200 geforce agp blechhhh

    its night + day difference for a g5 to get a good graphics card
    ssd + a higher end graphics card makes a huge difference
    in usability

    here check this page:

    lots of info for you there + cards ranked from worst to best, top to bottom
    plus the next page has the info on the pci-e g5's

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