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Graphics card - what options are there?


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Hi everyone

The graphics card on my G5 is broken and i need a new one.

What i dont know is what to get.

I know it needs to be agp 8x but when i look for cards they all seem to be for pc and i dont know if i need one that is mac specific.

I tried typing in the info from my old graphics card a ATI Rad9600 XT but when i go to the site its says its compatable with PC but doesent say anything about mac.

Does anyone know what options i have to look for - the card doesnt need to be top of the range just need one that works.

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Most cards should work in my experience

You are probably better off with an ATI or nVIDIA card because OS X comes with the drivers for these makes

Driver support was a bit of an issue back in OS 9 days but you shouldn't have a problem with modern cards and OS X

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Most cards should work in my experience

You are probably better off with an ATI or nVIDIA card because OS X comes with the drivers for these makes

Driver support was a bit of an issue back in OS 9 days but you shouldn't have a problem with modern cards and OS X
I'd have to take issue with that statement. It should be OK if it was one of the chipsets that was sold with a new Mac (for example, the NVIDIA 8600/8800 series), but some of the chipsets might not have drivers - particularly PPC drivers, since this is a G5 we're talking about. Your best bet in my opinion would be to get a Mac-specific card, which will come with the requisite drivers. And example can be found here:

ATI Technologies RADEON 9200 128MB MacEditi... (100-436014) at OWC

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Mac card for sure and for something a little more grander to be compatible with Core Image and Quartz Extreme look at the ATI Radeon 9600 Mac Pro with 256MB RAM, a cool card requiring no fan unit and eliminating some of those G5 (and MDD) heating problems. Here is OWC's link:-

ATI RADEON 9600 PRO AGP 4X/8X 256MB Dual DVI... (100435065) at OWC
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