PowerMac G5 GPU Upgrade

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by ifrit05, Jul 16, 2016.

  1. ifrit05 macrumors regular


    Dec 23, 2013
    Near Detroit, MI. USA
    Heya, got my eyes on a 6800 Ultra DDL for my PowerMac7,3 (DP 2GHz) that currently has a Radeon 9800 XT.

    The 6800 going for $50, but I also see a X800 XT for $100.

    What's the better deal? Would either make at least 720p bearable? My main monitor is 2560x1440 so I really need a Dual-Link capable card. The G5 wont be used for gaming. I'm just trying to get it up and running again/Beef it up.
  2. WalnutSpice Suspended


    Jun 21, 2015
    Canton, Oh
    I was able to watch 720p video bearablely with the 5200 FX. Don't really know why a 9800 would struggle with it.
    I've been using my new 6800 Ultra all day though and I gotta say, it's incredible. So I like it. 40-50FPS with Minecraft (I don't play it anymore but hey if I want to I can now), smoother 720p YouTube flash playback, I can actually watch HTML 5 video in TFF (although stuck on 360p) without having to wait for it to buffer and all around system wide smoothness that was just never there before.
  3. Dronecatcher macrumors 68020


    Jun 17, 2014
    Lincolnshire, UK
    I did extensive testing when I bought one of the best cards for the G5:


    My conclusion (as a non-gamer) was, waste of money - no improvement.
    I'd only recommend a newer card if you're stuck with a 64Mb one - that's where I've only seen improvement.

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