what graphics card for G4 tower?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Virgil-TB2, Nov 9, 2007.

  1. Virgil-TB2 macrumors 65816

    Virgil-TB2

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    I have an 867 MHz G4 tower and I have installed Leopard on it. To my surprise it works very well indeed. I added a faster Ultra ATA disk and it's practically flying.

    The biggest drawback to speed on the thing in Leopard though is the graphics card. Currently I have an NVIDIA GeForce4 MX in it with 64 MB VRAM.

    What graphics cards, (or are there any?) can I get to spice this thing up that will work with the operating system? Anything with more VRAM would be good.
     
  2. negatv1 macrumors 6502

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    ATI 9800 pro is your best bet. If you spend a little time researching how to flash a PC version, they can be had very cheaply and provide good performance.
     
  3. admiraldennis macrumors regular

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    This.

    Either an Radeon 9600 Pro or an 9800 Pro is your best bet.
     
  4. disconap macrumors 68000

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    As far as flashing goes, google strangedogs. Their forums (they just moved, can't remember where but google will find it) have flashing guides, lists of compatible cards, and ROMs available for download.
     
  5. Virgil-TB2 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Virgil-TB2

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    Great! Thanks to all for the info. :)
     
  6. TDM21 macrumors 6502a

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    The 9800 Pro is the fastest retail card you can buy for the G4, but as negatv1 and disconap said some PC cards can be flashed to work on Macs. Strangedogs changed to TheMacElite and have a great forum and wiki.
     
  7. new2macintosh macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I just bought my first Mac ever. . .it's a Powermac G4 Gigabit Ethernet. I bought it cheap as an experiment to see if I like Macs. My question is this: I have a NVIDIA Geforce4 MX 440 64MB Video Card that I'd like to install in it. Is that compatible?

    Thanks!
     
  8. OttawaGuy macrumors 6502a

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    So would a Radeon 9600 Pro 64MB DDR Memory, DVI / ADC Video AGP work with a G4 sawtooth?
     
  9. motulist macrumors 68040

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    Bear in mind, you shouldn't spend too much money on an aging system. Even the base mac mini will run rings around your 867 g4 powermac.
     

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