Video Cards in Old Machines.

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by macgeek2005, Feb 24, 2006.

  1. macgeek2005 macrumors 65816

    Jan 31, 2006
    My dad just bought a Radeon 9200/128 video card for his PowerMac G4/350Mhz. "yikes".

    I keep on telling him that he didn't gain much speed because that computer has a 350mhz cpu and a 100mhz bus, but he won't believe me. Am I wrong, or is he wrong? How much speed gain do you think the computer profited by, with that video card in it?
  2. exeterbohemian macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2006
    the video card won't affect the overall system speed in the least. that's something limited by the processor, ram, and bus. an improved video card such as that will, however, show significant improvement in anything that involves intensive video processing. like finalcut or any sort of 3d game, i'd imagine.
  3. Heb1228 macrumors 68020


    Feb 3, 2004
    Virginia Beach, VA
    If he's running Tiger, my guess is that OS X will be able to make use of some of the newer video technology. My guess is somewhere around a 5% increase in everyday usage and perhaps more in graphics-intensive work.
  4. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    Stuff like Quartz Extreme are not enabled on this video card, nor is Core Image supported.

    But games will fun faster. Maybe simple Aqua-fun stuff (minimizing windows, zoom-open of windows) will perform a little better, but I assume it will hardly be noticable.

    But now you can get a DVI monitor attached to it!

    It simply is the best grfx card for the B&W G3 and PCI-grfx G4.
  5. risc macrumors 68030


    Jul 23, 2004
    Melbourne, Australia
    Does it really matter? If he is happy with the new card let him be.
  6. SmurfBoxMasta macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2005
    I'm only really here at night.
    Actually, you CAN enable QE using a simple haxie called PCI Extreme. Granted it is not as fast as it could be if it were an AGP card, but all the GUI & screen redraw & eye candy are much smoother & faster with a 9200.

    It made a HUGE difference in my B&W over the Rad7k I had before it.

    And having a dvi monitor helps with better rsolutions and all digital output too :)

    So yea it is THE best pci video card for those machines, no doubt :)

Share This Page