Thanks, so basically it's not easily attainable?The hacked OEM Radeon 9800. It's a 4x AGP card with a couple of traces on the board cut so that it works in 2x AGP slot G4s.
These are the cards that shipped stock from Apple in G5 desktops, with 64 MB Video RAM, not the ones later sold aftermarket by ATI with 128 and 256 MB.
Try accelerateyourmac dotcom for more info. Other World Computing used to sell them, but that was a while ago.
I also have the same or similar Mac model and when I checked a few years ago, the fastest card was the ATI Radeon 9800 256MB AGP card, that also was Core Image: Hardware Accelerated compatible.Hey, I'm just wondering what the fastest video card would be for a PowerMac G4 1.25GHz I just bought?
Mac ATi Radeon 8500 64MB DDR For All G4 AGP Video card
Model : ATi Radeon 8500
VRAM : 64MB 128-bit DDR
Slot Compatibility : AGP 2x/4x/8x
ROM (Firmware) vevision : v227 (Latest)
Memory Clock : 250MHz (500MHz DDR)
GPU Clock : 275Mhz
Hardware Compatibility : Any G4 with AGP slot
OS Compatibility : OS 9.2.2 (Full 3D Acceleration), OS X 10.2 Jaguar – 10.5.7 Leopard
Connectors : DVI-I, VGA
Display Modes : VGA, DVI, VGA DVI, VGA VGA (w/DVI>VGA adapter), Extended Desktop, Mirrored Display
Maximum Analog Resolution : 2048 x 1536 @ 85hz
Maximum DVI Resolution : 1920 x 1200 @ 60hz (up to 23″ Apple Cinema HD Display)
Condition : Slightly Used
Package Includes : 1x Video Card, 1x DVI >VGA Adapter, and 1x ATi Softwares Update Disc
Remark : Best Support OS9 Card, OS9 Full 3D Acceleration.
100% Guaranteed Good Condition, Modified Card Compatible For All PowerMac G4 2x 4x AGP.
AGP Video Cards
Except for the Yikes! model, all of these Power Macs accept one AGP video card. If you want to replace that card, there are plenty of options. Be sure to check compatibility with your model. If you want to add a second video card, it has to be a PCI card - see our Power Mac G3 Deals for a listing of PCI video cards.
If you need a video card that supports OpenGL2, the minimum is the Radeon 9600 or the GeForce 6600, and you'll need at least 64 MB of VRAM. OpenGL2 also requires Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard".
Shipping adds $7.50 to $9.50. Applemacanix sells flashed PCI and AGP video cards. Applemacanix also has a 6-port USB 2.0 card for $13.50.
Radeon 7000, 32 MB, VGA, $17.50
Radeon 7000, 64 MB, VGA x 2, $29.50
Radeon 9200, 64 MB, VGA/DVI, $59.50
Radeon 9200, 128 MB, VGA/DVI, $89.50
Radeon 9800 Pro, 128 MB, VGA/DVI, $89.50
Radeon 9800 Pro, 256 MB, VGA/DVI/S-video, $172.25
Radeon 9800 XT, 256 MB, VGA/DVI/S-video, $189
Radeon X800 XT, 256 MB, VGA x 2, $174.50
GeForce 6800 GT, 256 MB, VGA/DVI, $199.65
GeForce 7800 GS, 256 MB, VGA/DVI, $199.99
GeForce 7800 GT, 256 MB, VGA/DVI, $249.65
Shipping may add $14 or more.
Rage 128 Pro AGP, 16 MB, DVI/VGA, $9.95
Radeon 9000 Pro, 64 MB, DVI/ADC, $48
Radeon 9200 Pro, 64 MB, DVI/VGA/S-video, $124
GeForce 4MX, 64 MB, ADC/DVI, $38.95
GeForce 4 Titanium, 128 MB, DVI/ADC, $128
nVidia NV-11, ADC/VGA, works in Cube, $22.95
Shipping may add $22 or more.
Rage 128 AGP, VGA?, 16 MB, $49.99
Radeon, 32 GB, $89.99
Radeon 7500, ADC/VGA, $119.99
Radeon 8500, $199.99
GeForce 2MX dual monitor, $159.99
GeForce 4MX dual monitor, $249.99
When buying, please let Operator Headgap know you heard about them on Low End Mac when entering your shipping information. Thanks!
ATI Rage Pro AGP, 16 MB, ADC/VGA, $49.77 shipped
GeForce 2MX, 32 MB, ADC/VGA, not for Sawtooth, $79.77 shipped
nVidia FX5200, 128 MB, VGA only, Core Video support, $99.77 shipped
nVidia FX5200, 256 MB, VGA only, Core Video support, $119.77 shipped
GeForce 4MX, 32 MB, ADC/DVI, not for Sawtooth, $139.77 shipped
ATI Rage 128, 16 MB AGP video card, VGA only, $14.99
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Rage 128 Pro, 16 MB, VGA/DVI, $49.95
Rage 128 Pro, 16 MB, ADC/VGA, $99.95
Radeon 7500, 32 MB, $129.95
Radeon 9000, 64 MB, $199.95
GeForce 2 MX, 32 MB, $149.95
GeForce 4 MX, 64 MB, $179.95
GeForce Ti4600, 128 MB, $329.95
All the Radeon 9800 Pro's are Core Image: Hardware Accelerated compatible, regardless of video memory. That's why I changed to one from a Radeon 9000, and that's why I feel they are the best options when looking for a card for a 2x AGP slot Mac. Most (if not all ... you'd have to check) of the other 2x AGP options are not CI HA compatible.I also have the same or similar Mac model and when I checked a few years ago, the fastest card was the ATI Radeon 9800 256MB AGP card, that also was Core Image: Hardware Accelerated compatible.
From an old time gaming point of view, I only mentioned the 8500,Sorry, and I'd suggest you keep searching for the same card if you want the best and fastest, (at least in my experience and checking) and maybe ignoring what another previous poster said, that the "Radeon 8500 AGP 64MB DDR was the best card back when I was searching for one, I ended up settling for something else, I think I bought the ATI Radeon 9000 Pro 64MB (DVI/ADC)"
Hmmm... The included 64MB vram vs 256MB and any core graphics support can make a HUGE difference and with it installed, you can also install all the Mac OS compatible high-end iLife applications.
Bottom line, get the compatible 256MB vram version video card.