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I have a G4 350 mhz sawtooth with a 16 meg (stock) video card (ATI Rage Pro). I have OSX installed, and was wondering if it is truly worth it to upgrade the video card (32 or 64 meg) to take advantage of Quartz Extreme. Has anyone upgraded and noticed a big difference in performance?
 

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The AGP cards will make a substantial difference in your X performance.
The video card will take the processing load off your already limited chip.
There are some nice processor speed bumps for your box now too.

We've got some 32 meg GeForce 4mx that are very quick in X and reasonably priced trade ups.



 

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That is true, but If I recall, the original G4 350 (the low-end model when it first came out and the speed dropped) were actually based off the Yikes Motherboard design and didn't have AGP.

I am not sure Quartz Extreme will be accessible through the PCI slot. But if it is, you would probably need a 32MB card, as I beleieve cards like the GeForce 2MX and newer ones will have the capability.

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I thought there was 2 versions of the 350 sawtooth, otherwise its not a sawtooth its a yikes.
In your system profiler, if it says AGP graphics somewhere, then you have many solutions, if its an older Yikes you can use the Radeon PCI and install a haxie driver to Quartz extreme.
Heck, I would get the radeon anyway either AGP or PCI depending on what you have, you would get better performance even if you dont get QE.
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There were two version of 350 G4s - Yikes and Sawtooth - Sawtooth are rare but around.
They are quiet and very upgradeable both video and now processor. :D



 
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