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Power Mac - getting a new graphic card for a 1.8GHz PowerPC G5


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Hi,
I'd like to get a new graphic card for my 1.8GHz PowerPC G5 as I'd like to be able to use Color and I can't use it at the moment with my GeForce FX 5200.

I've been researching for one and what I find is:
it seems that for lots of people the best one to get is Radeon X800XT Mac Edition

But there are two problems. One, that it seems sometimes causes artifacts and can't play in real time some graphics.
Two, that it's EOL (end of life) and out of stock everywhere.

Some other people recommend GeForce6800UT and some others Radeon 9800 Pro Mac edition. I think there is no consensus...
But again, the big problem is that all of them are out of stock.

So... what should I do??? Is there any other solution? should I get another card plus a DCI-ADC adapter?

Please, help!

thanks upfront!
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What are you going to be doing with the machine? What do you mean by "Color"?

I went through this problem recently. There is very little accurate information out there concerning video cards for the G5.

Gurassic 5: Power Mac G5 Dual 2.0 (PCI-X), 2 1TB WD Green HD's in RAID 1, 8GB DDR, Nvidia GeForce 6800 Ultra DDL Mac Edition, Airport Extreme, BT, Dual 20" WS LCD's, 10.4.11. Alice: Aluminum Macbook, Core 2 Duo, 4GB DDR3, 320GB HD, 10.5.8, Windows XP Pro.
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it's mainly for video editing, but I would like to be able to use "Color", the apple application for grading.

did you arrive to any conclusion?? any advice?
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the most intensive applications I'll be using are color and motion (or so I hope!).

I see you got the GeForce6800, what are your thoughts?

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I'm very happy with it. I drive two 20" LCD's in DVI mode and it seems to do so effortlessly. It's amazing how much of a difference a good GPU makes.

The 6800 was built on "new" technology (keep in mind it's been around for a few years now) while the x800 xt was built on 9800 architecture.

Both cards are usually about the same price on eBay, I'd go for the 6800 again in a heartbeat.

Beware though, people sell the PC versions as "flashed" to Mac, and you have to splice in a Molex connector for power, where the Mac version of the 6800 has it's own power supply from the AGP slot.

Gurassic 5: Power Mac G5 Dual 2.0 (PCI-X), 2 1TB WD Green HD's in RAID 1, 8GB DDR, Nvidia GeForce 6800 Ultra DDL Mac Edition, Airport Extreme, BT, Dual 20" WS LCD's, 10.4.11. Alice: Aluminum Macbook, Core 2 Duo, 4GB DDR3, 320GB HD, 10.5.8, Windows XP Pro.
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As G5's have had reported heat problems, similar to MDD DP G4's, consider an ATI Radeon 9600 PC/Mac Pro with 256MB VRAM. The great thing with these cards is that they are cool, have no fan unit and are quiet, as well as being Quartz and Core compatible for Leopard.

Do a Google on the 9800 Mac Pro fan failures as there has been many reported fans not coping and frying the card:-

Apple - Support - Discussions - Problem w/ ATI Radeon 9800 Pro Mac ...

Here is a link to OWC who sell the 9600, but you may be able to pick one up second hand:-

ATI RADEON 9600 PRO AGP 4X/8X 256MB Dual DVI... (100435065) at OWC
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My GeForce 6800 usually runs between 60c and 70c. That's a little warmer than desirable, but, I haven't had any issues yet.

The early G5's had cooling fan issues. There was a fix for this issue in 10.3.3. If you're running an OS that is pre-10.3.3, you can download the G5 Fan Control 1.0 update from Apple.

The 9800 is a very formidable card if you don't need the extra brute-force provided by the x800 xt or the 6800, and is priced more reasonably.

Gurassic 5: Power Mac G5 Dual 2.0 (PCI-X), 2 1TB WD Green HD's in RAID 1, 8GB DDR, Nvidia GeForce 6800 Ultra DDL Mac Edition, Airport Extreme, BT, Dual 20" WS LCD's, 10.4.11. Alice: Aluminum Macbook, Core 2 Duo, 4GB DDR3, 320GB HD, 10.5.8, Windows XP Pro.
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I think I'll trust your experience SunnyDaze, and go for the 6800.

And thanks harryb2448 for your input. After it, definitely not going for the 9800. The problem with the 9600 is that is slower to all the other ones and that I've read that can't play lots of color effects in real time. So, I'd like something a little bit more powerful...

So, as I'm running OS 10.4.11, should I get a fan control program? what do you suggest?

thanks!
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Any OS after 10.3.3 has the fan fix built in.

Be careful when changing out your vid card. Don't drop the tiny screws down into the fan housing.

Good luck! Enjoy!

Gurassic 5: Power Mac G5 Dual 2.0 (PCI-X), 2 1TB WD Green HD's in RAID 1, 8GB DDR, Nvidia GeForce 6800 Ultra DDL Mac Edition, Airport Extreme, BT, Dual 20" WS LCD's, 10.4.11. Alice: Aluminum Macbook, Core 2 Duo, 4GB DDR3, 320GB HD, 10.5.8, Windows XP Pro.
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Where would I get a x800xt under 500? I also need a upgrade. Thanks
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