Yokemate of Keyboards
Posts: 4449 from 2009/1/28
From: Delaware, USA
Just search ebay for "Radeon 9600 Apple" and you should get plenty hits for genuine cards pulled from G5s.
Exotic option like PCI cards, reflashed ones or RadeonHD should only be considered if you really know what your doing
That is a sound recommendation, Apple Radeon 9600 cards are cheap and powerful enough for most applications.
Just make sure you get a genuine Apple 9600 AGP card, because the 9600 in my experience usually doesn't produce good results when re-flashed with a Mac rom (and the genuine Apple cards are really inexpensive).
Other solid alternatives, Apple Radeon 9800 and X800XT cards.
I have a re-flashed PC 9800 in my machine, but I'm actually dubious of most re-flashed PC cards as small component differences often create instability issues once the cards are flashed with an Apple rom.
How often? Pretty damned often, as the card I have is one out of over a dozen I modified and its the most stable of the bunch (I can't tell the difference between it and an Apple card). Its a risky game to save a few bucks.
On the 9200, a PC card is actually a good option (as the Apple 9000 doesn't work in a G5) and its the only card that can be installed in a G5 giving you W3D support, BUT in addition to the rom flash, you need to move or remove some resistors on the back side of the card (I've done it and I wouldn't recommend it to a newbie).
So, Apple 9600, 9800, or X800XT, now.
These are your options, you just can't use the more common Nvidia based cards (and as an ATI/AMD fan, I'm cool with that).
And as Andreas has pointed out, maybe a few new AGP PC cards with rev. 3.11 (or an improved driver for the PC AGP X1950Pro).
Including a really cool option Mark "Bigfoot" Olsen teased us with as a possibility for 3.11.
That driver would support overlay, and the gpu would be really fast compared to our current options (and as 3D support is eventually to be introduced - its a better option than any card Apple supported for the G5). [ Edited by Jim 06.04.2018 - 21:53 ]
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