what graphics card for sawtooth?


macrumors 65816
Original poster
Mar 12, 2006
N'Albany, Indiana
I'm wanting to upgrade my graphics card in my sawtooth. I just don't know which one to get. I was looking at the radeon 9800 with 128 mb, but that was too expensive. So I'm maybe lookin at a 64 MB card. Is there a specific one that you recommend? I am planning to do some DVD encoding and playing some 5 year old games.

Please no comments like buy a new mac. No I will not, thank you very much. I will stick with my Sawtooth till it dies.


macrumors 6502a
Jan 4, 2002
Austin, TX
I bought a Radeon 9000 Mac Edition years ago for my sawtooth and it works fine. Of course that computer is currently a web/file server and is not running the GUI currently (logged in as >console), but when I need to I use it to surf and stuff.

Here's one on eBay:


Only $54, a far cry from what I paid for mine at Fry's.

Spec-wise it is a 64 meg. dual-monitor with an ADC and DVI connectors (analog monitor adapter included), 2x 4x AGP or ADC-slot compatible. Quartz Extreme compatible. FSAA compatible.


macrumors newbie
Oct 3, 2006

I have the Radeon 900 for my G4 Sawtooth but it doesn't boot up. Just static on the screen. Anything I have to do before it will work? P-RAM didn't.



macrumors 68000
Oct 29, 2005
Portland, OR
What are you looking to get out of your card performance-wise? Just run an extra monitor/relieve some of the pressure on the system RAM? I run a flashed GeForce FX5200 for that exact reason; it was cheap (about $35 on NewEgg) and has 256mb RAM. The gpu and pixel pipeline performance aren't stellar, the 5200 really wasn't that impressive a card, but it does run some 3d rendered video really well, and it is perfect for everything I need it for.

So the first questions: what do you absolutely need in your card, and what are you willing to spend/ideally like to spend?