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Hi everyone, first off thanks for the help with the last post (http://www.cgtalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=88581) i made on graphics cards, very helpful... Got the GeForce Ti 4 for the DP G4 and its performing great!
Anyway, ordered a DP 2GB G5 from apple direct again (they seem to be better than any reseller for cost and delivery recently, plus im getting good discount now!), and i was wondering with the ATI card that comes with it, what should i be running to power my 2nd 23" HD display?
I thought NVIDIA was the preference, but im confused.
The 1.8GB G5 runs a NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra, while the DP2GB G5 is on the ATI Radeon 9600 Pro. Why the different cards?
Should i be getting another 9600 Pro so there's no difference between the monitors?
EDIT-just to mention, im currently running an ATI as my second card in the other G4. I dont know what the spec it is but my system profiler tells me ATY, RV100 32MB? Should i be using this or just sell it and get the 9600 Pro or something?
Thanks for the help...
10-15-2003, 10:10 PM
If you use a second card, if will have to be PCI. There's only one AGP slot.
So the idea is to run dual 23s? I would just use apples DVI-ADC connector and use one card. I'm not sure what kind of dual OGL support that would give you, but I'm not sure a PCI solution would prove much better either.
The 5200 is a joke. The 9600 is more than worth the $50 up-charge. I have the 9800 pro, and I would recommend it to you. The 9800 is more than enough to power two 23s with the optional apple connector.
Is this the answer you were looking for?
10-15-2003, 10:55 PM
Although I am only running 2 17" LCDs, they perform very well on the 9800. I hope you don't injur your neck with the dual 23"ers :argh:
10-15-2003, 10:56 PM
You don't need a second card for dual monitors with the latest graphics cards.
On the G5 Mac, the best card available right now is the ATI Radion 9800. It has one ADC (Apple Display Connector) port, and one DVI (Digital Video Interface) port. All you need to use your second 23" Studio Display is a DVI-ADC converter. This converter might ship with your G5 system, but I'd check first to be sure. If it doesn't you can order it along with the G5 by selecting it from the Accesories page that's available when you place an order via Apple's website. Just make sure you get a DVI to ADC converter and not something else.
10-15-2003, 11:16 PM
Originally posted by ZrO-1
...This converter might ship with your G5 system...
You only get a ADC-DVI with the g5. The DVI-ADC (which you need for the second cinema display) requires power and USB, and retails for 99 bucks.
Have fun there in superwidescreen heaven. Das a ho lada screen dude. :buttrock:
10-15-2003, 11:29 PM
dual 23" apple cinema displays :drool:
You might have a problem with poor frame rate if you are trying to put that much resolution. I think the ATI cards will not give you OpenGL acceleration on the 2nd screen.
Thanks for all the replies thats great... Really appreciate you taking the time.
Anyway, the G4 im running at the minute has its second 23" powered by a card thats running a converter. i think its DVI-ADC (im not so sure...) and that carries its own plug etc which is all apple kit. The refresh rate isnt as good which is why i was asking about all this in the first place... (should i keep this second card or upgrade)
So, ill have a look at the G5 when it arrives sometime today and hopefully get a few more replies on what i should do?
10-16-2003, 02:40 PM
Just give it a try and let us know. You're gonna love the G5!
Hey, one heads up that I spent a LOT of time dealing with. The G5 has a processor NAP mode that reduces power to the processors when they aren't under heavy use. This NAP mode causes high pitch ringing to come from the processors under light CPU tasks. Its hard to explain, but see if you notice it. It will be apparent when minimizing windows into the dock and stuff like that.
Anyway, point being is that there is a fix. You have to download apples CHUD developer tools that adds a "Hardware" panel to the system preferences. This is how you turn NAP off. You can find the link to download in apples own discussion forums (apple.com/support?).
I'm trying to pass this info around since I wasted so much time trying to figure out what the deal was.
Thanks for the heads up. Ill leet you know how it goes...
01-16-2006, 09:00 AM
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