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Looking to upgrade my video card

Mac Dual 2.3ghz powerpc g5 server
March 14, 2010 at 11:40:16
Specs: Macintosh
Hi all,

I currently am using the following
Mac and am looking for upgrades to make game playing run smoother:

Machine Name: Power Mac G5
Machine Model: PowerMac11,2
CPU Type: PowerPC G5 (1.1)
Number Of CPUs: 2
CPU Speed: 2 GHz
L2 Cache (per CPU): 1 MB
Memory: 2.5 GB
Bus Speed: 1 GHz
Boot ROM Version: 5.2.7f1

Here is my current video card (that came with the mac):
Chipset Model: GeForce 6600LE
Type: Display
Bus: PCI
Slot: SLOT-1
VRAM (Total): 128 MB
Vendor: nVIDIA (0x10de)
Device ID: 0x0142
Revision ID: 0x00a4
ROM Revision: 2149

I'm hoping I can just go buy a new card and pop it in, but I dont have much experience doing that on Macs. Any help is appreciated!


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March 18, 2010 at 11:09:24
No, you can not use any off the shelf video card. The interface may be the same, but the ROM's on the video card itself are different. You will either need to purchase a Macintosh branded video card, or purchase a PC video card and flash the ROM's on the card to the mac versions(not for a beginner)

There are a few video card options out there for mac's. First you will need to pop the case open and find out if you have the AGP, or PCI-E motherboard for your G5. once you find out the interface, go to and type something like "PCI-E Macintosh video card" in the search bar to see some options.

PowerMac 9600(1 ghz G4)
512mb RAM
50gb SCSI
ATi 9200 PCI

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March 22, 2010 at 02:23:20
You can use Mac branded PCI-E versions of either a nVidia 7800 GT with 256 MB and nVidia Quadro FX 4500 with 512 MB.

eBay may be your only option to find them. And yes if you do manage to find one you can just pop it in and replace the existing card and OS X will recognise it from the get-go.

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