Switcher.... who has a few questions first.

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Jeremy Rossi, Mar 7, 2004.

  1. Jeremy Rossi macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2004
    After my most recent dealing with the PC/Windows world I think it is time to make the switch. In looking at new PowerMacs I noticed that the currect models use ati and Nvidia AGP 8X card. I currently have and ATi 9800 Pro in my x86 system, and was wondering if I could save a few dollars and pop that in the a new duel 1.8 PowerMac? Being an agp interface and that Apples sells this card thems selves I did not think it would be an issue, but hey not totally sure. ;) Thanks again for your time.

  2. albeik macrumors regular


    Jul 1, 2003
    Marlborough, MA, USA
    That ATi cards for the Mac are different than their x86 brothers. ATi sells them seperatly as well [link].
  3. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

    Capt Underpants

    Jul 23, 2003
    Austin, Texas
    If you want to use a PC vid. card with a mac, you have to flash it with mac firmware. Risky business, if you ask me.... Could potentially ruin your card. Plus, with a mac vid. card, you get ADC, which combines power and monitor signal all into one, which helps with cable clutter. Of course, this will only help if you have an ADC monitor.
  4. 7on macrumors 601


    Nov 9, 2003
    Dress Rosa
    I was under the impression that the last AGP that could be re-flashed as a Mac card, was a Geforce 3. Anyway, I wouldn't try and flash it.
  5. Jeremy Rossi thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2004
    Thank you all - I will just opt for a faster card when I make get the system. Thanks againg for the information.

  6. Dippo macrumors 65816


    Sep 27, 2003
    Charlotte, NC

    If you plan on selling your 9800 pro, post a link, I am looking into buying one.

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