Video Card Help/Advice

Posted:
in Genius Bar edited January 2014
I recently installed Jag on my Sawtoth and would like to take advantage of Quartz Extreme. I have looked at a few cards and have some questions. I know I could low-end it and get a PC Asus/Nvidia Geforce2MX, with 32M and flash it over, but with how low some of the more current cards are prices, I am thinking of going to one of those.



At buy.com I did a search for Mac graphics cards and it returned NVIDIA GEFORCE4 MX420 64MB DDR DESKTOP OPTIONS and RADEON 9000 PRO 128MB AGP.

In the information of each card, they list all the Windows OSes as compatible and the NVIDIA list MacOS as well. My question is, will these cards work out of the box with Jaguar? I know with the GeForce2 you could/had to flash the ROM on the cards in OS9 so that you could use them in OSX. Since the NVIDIA lists MacOS as a compatible OS, would it require flashing? And since buy.com lists the Radeon9000 when searching for Mac cards would it be compatible?



My preference would prolly be for the RADEON given its 128MB of memory.



Also, anyone have any recommendations for online retailers that are reputable and generally cheaper than buy.com?

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 3
    mcqmcq Posts: 1,543member
    I thought the Radeon 9000 isn't out yet for the Mac, but I could be wrong. I did a search at buy.com and couldn't turn up a Radeon 9000 Mac Edition. Would you be trying to flash a PC version of the Radeon 9000 Pro to get it to work in OS X? Btw the Radeon 9000 is definitely the best out of the cards you're considering.
  • Reply 2 of 3
    tulkastulkas Posts: 3,756member
    [quote]Originally posted by MCQ:

    <strong>I thought the Radeon 9000 isn't out yet for the Mac, but I could be wrong. I did a search at buy.com and couldn't turn up a Radeon 9000 Mac Edition. Would you be trying to flash a PC version of the Radeon 9000 Pro to get it to work in OS X? Btw the Radeon 9000 is definitely the best out of the cards you're considering.</strong><hr></blockquote>





    <a href="http://www.buy.com/retail/ParametricSearch.asp?loc=15963&A00630=&A00603=K812 20&A00053=&A00244=&A00247=&A00666=&A00238=K01189&p g=1&ra=A00630%2CA00603%2CA00053%2CA00244%2CA00247% 2CA00666%2CA00238%2CA00238%2CA00238&search_store=1 &pas=A00630%2CA00603%2CA00053%2CA00244%2CA00247%2C A00666%2CA00238%2C&cnid0=EF&cnid=EF&qu=" target="_blank">http://www.buy.com/retail/ParametricSearch.asp?loc=15963&A00630=&A00603=K812 20&A00053=&A00244=&A00247=&A00666=&A00238=K01189&p g=1&ra=A00630%2CA00603%2CA00053%2CA00244%2CA00247% 2CA00666%2CA00238%2CA00238%2CA00238&search_store=1 &pas=A00630%2CA00603%2CA00053%2CA00244%2CA00247%2C A00666%2CA00238%2C&cnid0=EF&cnid=EF&qu=</a>



    The above is the URL for the search I did. You have to click Comupters, Video Cards, Show All on the links on the left when you first goto buy.com. That poage allows you to specify criteria, like compatibility type. When you select Mac and Graphics card here, it shows the Radeon9000 and the GeForce4
  • Reply 3 of 3
    Gawd, that link screwed up the formatting on this page. As to your question, I have a G4 400 MHz (gigabit ethernet); earlier this year I bought a Radeon 7500 for it, and now that the 9000 Pro is about to come out, I'm thinking about getting that. From what I know (and I've been looking around a lot) your best bet is to be a little patient, and wait for the 9000 Pro to come out, then order from ATI direct through their trade up program. You'll get $50 bucks for your Rage (if that's what you have). Just a thought



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