PowerPC :: Finding Best Advice On New Graphics Card For G5 Quad

Sep 2, 2009

I need a new/best card for a G5 quad 2.5. I know it's old (4 years) but it's still used quite a bit - mainly for Photoshop work. The card needs to run 2 x 23" Cinema Displays. I'm not sure if it makes any difference but it has 16GB memory (twice as much as our new 2.93 Quad can take - there's something not quite right there...)

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PowerPC :: Finding Advice On Quad G5

Jun 3, 2010

So I got offered a Quad G5 for $450. It comes with Leopard and I have wanted one for a while.

What are the benefits and detriments of this system?

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Mac Pro :: Finding 2010 Quad Ram Advice

Aug 17, 2010

I think I will get the base model (3GB) and add a 2x4GB Crucial kit.

My question is this - is there any hit for keeping 2 x 1GB and putting the 2x4GB in (10GB Total)?

My uses are VM (XP for Corel Draw only) and CS5 in the mac side. I also need to do a lot of handbrake to convert my divx encodes to a more mac friendly format.

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Mac Pro :: Finding Best Single Quad 2008 RAM Advice

Oct 25, 2008

I have a single Quad core 2008 Mac Pro with 2GB RAM (2x1GB). I am hoping to get more RAM from Crucial. I don't use my Pro for hard core stuff, just Internet, COD4, SecondLife, movies, iPhoto, iTunes etc..

I need to decide whether to get 2x1GB or 2X2GB. The 2x2GB is better value for money but I heard that a 4 matching set ie. 4x1GB would optimize RAM speed. Is this true? Would 4x1GB be faster than 2x1GB + 2x2GB for the applications I use?

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PowerPC :: Graphics Distorted On G5 Quad?

Nov 23, 2010

Well I was swapping some processors around on my G5 when I noticed that I was getting some weird graphical glitches. They went away when I disabled the 3-4 CPUs and made it a dual-core. The glitches are replicable when sizing windows and consistent when different window sizes. I'm starting to wonder if one of my CPUs are faulty...? Everything seems to be running fine otherwise. I attached a pic of the graphic anomaly I'm getting with all 4 core active and it only appears around text and it's always red color.

On a side note I also noticed that 2 of my dimm slots are reporting errors, the two outer banks. I've removed them and it's fine. Gonna load up the diagnostic discs to see if it finds anything.

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PowerPC :: Finding Expert Advice - How To Remove A HD From A PowerMac G4 Quicksilver

Jan 27, 2010

I am wondering how I go about removing my Hard Drive from my Power Mac G4 QUicksilver? I don't know the first thing about removal or location of the HD?

It is a 40GB Ultra ATA/66 (5400 rpm)

I would like to remove it and fit it with a Hard Drive case enclosure so I can use it as an extra external for backing up data.

I was told by Tiger Direct that this enclosure should work:


I would ultimately be connecting to a macmini for backing up data periodically.

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IMac :: Advice For The Quad Core I5?

Jan 20, 2010

I've decided to jump on the apple band wagon and purchase an iMac.

I'm planning on ordering the 27-inch quad core i5 but I'm wondering whether it's worth upgrading the processor or increasing the RAM - does anyone use FCS 3 and if so, would it be better to increase the RAM to 8GB+ to run more smoothly.. or does the 4GB RAM basic run fine with FCP 7 and the like?

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Mac Pro :: Finding Best Graphics Card?

May 17, 2009

I'm thinking about selling off my 1st Gen Mac Pro and buying a new one. I use boot camp once in a while to run Vista 64-bit just for playing the Total War series of games, specifically Medieval 2 and now Empire. Any advice on best graphics card setup for those particular games under bootcamp? I'm not at all worried about on the OS X side of things as I don't really do anything graphic intensive there. I saw the new Nvidia GTX 285 is coming out soon. Any thoughts on that vs the Radeon 4870s? I'm currently running dual Radeon 3870s with crossfire but because I'm on a 1st Gen Mac Pro I can't get everything out of them so I think I may want to upgrade to a new Mac Pro.

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Mac Pro :: Finding Best Graphics Card For 3,1

Jul 9, 2009

I just wanted to ask a question about graphics cards which I know nothing about.

What is the best card to get for gaming/3D (maya)? Apple and or PC/Flashed (sorry if that is not the right term) and is it possible to buy the PC cards already flashed?

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Mac Pro :: Finding Best Graphics Card For - 08

Aug 9, 2010

I'm in a bit of trouble at work. One of our Mac Pro's won't display anything. It starts up as it should be the screen stays black. We've tried with several monitors. A Mac Partner was 99% sure it was the graphics card which was the problem.

So now I'm thinking about just finding a new graphics card and replace it myself, but I have a few questions.

The original card was a ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT (256mb) and I've tried to find some suppliers for this, but it seems its not that easy to get your hands on so i was hoping that we could upgrade it to a newer one instead. But I need to know which ones will actually work with this model and if they need to be a specific version of model to work with the Mac Pro.

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PowerPC :: Who Stocks G5 (DC And Quad) Airport / BT Wireless Card?

Jan 23, 2007

I want to buy this item:

The bluetooth/airport extreme card for my PCI-e Dualcore 2.0ghz G5. I'm happy to install it myself. However I am leaving to go back to the UK on jan 31st, and sweetwater don't actually stock the item, and it will take a while to get it to me unless they expedite it from Apple and charge an extra $42 or so, which is too much for me. Anyone know who might actually stock the item and be able to send it out quickly?

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Mac Pro :: 6 Core + CS5 - Finding Best Graphics Card?

Sep 20, 2010

I have a few questions regarding Radeon HD 5870 versus the 5770...

1. Does CS5 (especially photoshop) make much use of graphics cards in general, and will the 5870 make a big difference in speed over the 5770?

2. Is the 5870 going to make things louder? (i have a G5 now and it's like a jet engine, so I'm hoping for a quieter machine)

3. Will the 5870 use a lot more power than the 5770?

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PowerPC :: How To Find Fastest Video Card For Quad G5 DC DP Pcie PM

Jul 13, 2010

ive searched around a lot and only found topics talking about the AGP PM (which the x800xt sounds like its the best card) but iam looking for the best card for the Quad 2.5 DC DP.

Ive got an older NV silencer also hanging around from an old gpu fan swap, so thats available for the upgrade aswell.

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Mac Mini :: Finding Graphics Card For Games?

Mar 23, 2009

I had the current (at the time) entry level MacBook Pro, it could handle Gears of War & BioShock through Boot Camp with no hassle.

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Mac Pro :: Finding Graphics Card Driver For Hd-3870?

Apr 18, 2009

finding graphics card driver for hd-3870?

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MacBook Pro :: Finding Graphics Card Comparison

Jul 28, 2009

I have a first gen unibody mBP (2.53 GHz) with 9600 M GT graphics card.

My wife is buying a lenovo w500 laptop with ATI Mobility FireGL V5700 graphics card.

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IMac :: 24" - Finding Graphics Card Update?

May 12, 2010

I have an 06/07 model 24" iMac - I believe it was the only one of that make that had an internal PCI express slot...currently with an nvidia 7600GT in it.

If I were to get dirty with some screwdrivers, would it be possible to upgrade my graphics card to something compatible with MacSteam? (Nvidia 8 series+)

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Mac Pro :: Finding Displays And Graphics Card Options For Matrox M9188

Nov 12, 2009

ven an everyday user may consider such a card if the price is within budget which currently isn't. It isn't targeted at gamers who need every ounce of performance though.

It appears to be geared towards Apple since it debuted with onboard DisplayPorts. However, it should be noted on their specs page that the system requirements currently do not list any version of Mac OSes. Matrox do list Linux support though. Do note that they didn't leave out regular DVI users. Direct Link for more details on the specs.

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PowerPC :: New Graphics Card For G5?

Nov 30, 2007

I posted this on the buyers guide forum but got no response. Maybe you guys can help.

I have a G5 dual 2.0 with 5.5 GB ram and an ATI Radeon 9600 pro graphics card.

I have been running Final Cut Studio with no problems. Once I upgraded to FCS 2, it seems to drag with some of the new fetures. Motion 3 seems really slow! So I added 2 more gigs of ram to bring it up to the 5.5.

I am waiting for the new MP like so many of you, but I will keep this computer for off line editing and compressor and for a part time assistant editor to use.

Would it be worth it for me to upgrade the graphics card?

If so what would be a good choice of card for this type of work.

FYI the last computer game I played was Zork, so I don't care about gaming.

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PowerPC :: Better Graphics Card For PM G5 PCI-X?

Apr 29, 2008

I had recently purchased a 2nd hand G5 PowerMac with dual 1.8GHz processors and PCI-X slots. I think it was released in November 2003. It's a great machine, but suffers from its lacklustre 64MB graphics card. My Mac man told me not to bother, but I would like to investigate the option further. What do you think is available and where would I obtain one of these things? Oh, I should also ask the most important question...is it worth it?

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MacBook Pro :: Finding 2.4 Core I5 15" Graphics Card Switch Flicker

Jun 8, 2010

This is my (second) first post, and I tried using mrooogle to find the issue (i've been a lurker for the most part) I can't seem to find any consensus or info on it.

I have the 2.4 core i5 15" MBP with HR Glossy display, just got it on Monday, installed an owc ssd, and 8 gb of ram and i LOVE IT. The only issue is when the graphics card switches from the nVidia back to the Intel graphics, the screen briefly blanks out or "blinks" for a split second and the Intel graphics comes back on. It doesn't blink when it goes from intel to nvidia, only from nvidia back to intel.

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PowerPC :: Graphics Card Changes In Powermac G5 2.0 DP?

Jan 15, 2007

Really wanted to update my Powermac this year to a MacPro but as I'm getting married it's going to be an expensive year so I've decided to upgrade the G5 2.0 DP I already have.At the moment the kit I have is pretty good in that I have 1.5 gig of memory and 250gig of hard drive space but I'm open to suggestions.The G5 I have is the PCI version so I'm a bit limited as to what I can upgrade but the main area I'm looking at is with the graphics card. I had BTO the ATI 9650 256meg card but I'm looking for something better. I've just started to get into "World Of Warcraft" and would like the best graphics card that is value for money.

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PowerPC :: G5 FPS VS Intel - Speced Graphics Card

Nov 3, 2006

Why is it that an Imac G5 doesn't perform nearly as well as even the Core duos in terms of FPS?Why is it that the PPC artictechture seems to not be able to run games as well, even with a comparably speced graphics card?I can't really seem to formulate my question:Let's pretend we have two computers that are exactly the same speed. (Yes I know Intel macs are way faster than PPC)WHY oh why would the PPC computer do terribly compared to the Intel?

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PowerPC :: Install OS On New HD With Upgraded Graphics Card On G3?

Feb 24, 2007

My hard drive on my old B&W finally crashed the other day. I got a new hard drive for it a few days ago. I upgraded the graphics card from a rage 128 to a radeon 7000 sometime ago. Do I need to put the old rage 128 in when I reinstall OS 10.3? Or is it ok to install it with the Radeon 7000 in it?

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PowerPC :: Possible To Change G4 Power Mac Graphics Card?

Mar 28, 2008

I'm looking on cragslist right now for an older powermac to use as a media hub and I think I found one. It appears to be an AGP G4 PowerMac (500Mhz-ish). I have a 256MB graphics card I was using with my PC, I was wondering if I could plop it in and it would work? I know it's probably a pipe dream, but it doesn't hurt to ask

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PowerPC :: Graphics Card For PM G5 Dual 2 GHz - DVI Screens?

Apr 16, 2008

All this talk of 8800GT's on the Mac Pros is putting me in the mood for upgrading the 64mb ATI 9600 in my stock PM g5 dual 2 GHz.I have an old Formac Oxygen ADC monitor (used as one screen of my dual head system) but the ADC connector on the graphics card seems to be dead, and everytime I plug the monitor in to the port, the Mac just keeps 'tripping' out and won't power up - almost like something is shorting out.As a result, I'm stuck to using just the DVI port (1 screen is so limiting after being used to 2!!), connected to an ancient VGA monitor. I really miss having a dual screen set-up, and this is another reason why I would like to upgrade the card. would be good to still be able to use my ADC monitor, but I guess only the older, low spec cards had these, and I'm probably gonna have to ditch the monitor and get a couple of DVI screens.

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PowerPC :: Can I Update Graphics Card In IMac G5?

Jun 12, 2009

My 3 yr old IMac G5 (no isight) seems to be real sluggish in graphics dept. I never used to have problems watching hulu videos, now they stutter. When I play warcraft, the game struggles to keep up if I'm in an area where there is lots of players. Would a new graphics card help? Is it replaceable on my IMac model?

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PowerPC :: Overclocking G4 Ibook Graphics Card?

Aug 9, 2010

I have a 1.33ghz 1.28gb ram 14" ibook. I have leopard on it and have optimized it as much as possible. Ive got youtube videos running pretty smoothly but there in an online TV service I use that drops a frame every couple of seconds. I was wondering if i overclocked the graphics card by 10% will in slightly improve the playback of flash?

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PowerPC :: ATI Radeon X1650 Graphics Card Compatibility?

Apr 22, 2007

Can someone tell me if I could put a ATI Radeon X1650 Pro graphics card in a 800 MHz PowerMac? I know that the PowerMac uses AGP, and that card is agp, so will it work? If it doesent, could you point me out to some cards that will?

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PowerPC :: PowerMac G5 (late 2004) Graphics Card Upgrade

Jul 9, 2008

So my mom's G5 (single 1.8) graphics card just pooped out on us.

Lot's of multi-colored lines show up on the screen at the same time and it never boots into OS X. Ran the CD Apple hardware test and the only error i got back was the video memory. So we're thinking about getting a new video card.

It has the factory card still in it and I can't really decide what kind of card needs to be purchased. I've been hunting around the internet and have found numerous conclusions that all seem to differ.

It's basically an AGP 8x slot. We don't need anything fancy just a replacement. There's an auction on ebay right now for the current card (nVidia GeForce FX 5200) but the auction has two in it and we only need one.

but anyway, if anyone could lead me in the right direction i'd really love to get my mom's mac up and running again.

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