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dbk123
09-10-2005, 04:50 PM
I am considering purchase of a G5 (2.5G) machine with a ATI 9600 video card with 128MB. Is this video card sufficient for using Photoshop (possibly with two monitors)?

Thanks!

dbk123

rguising
09-10-2005, 05:48 PM
My opinion: You would be better served for now and the future to buy the 9650 ($50?) over the 9600.

Not only does it have 256mb ram, but it supports the 30" Display.

EDIT: although now I see you are talking about the 2.5DP so you may not have a 'choice'. If it only comes with what is being sold, the answer is 'yes' it will support two monitors, although you may need the inexpensive ADC to DVI dongle.

And of course the newly released ATI Retail 9600 would be an option (256mb) or the upcoming 9800 (not yet released).. Or the existing 9800 Special Edition G5 card.. or the uber X800. Your options are endless :)

rwm
09-10-2005, 08:29 PM
Comparison of ATI Cards
http://apps.ati.com/ATIcompare/index.asp

Product Name 9800 SPECIAL EDITION X800 XT MAC EDITION
Memory Type DDR GDDR3
Memory Interface 256-bit 256-bit
Memory Clock Speed (MHz) 340 500
Engine Clock Speed (MHz) 378 475
Pipelines 8 16
Pixel Fillrate 3 Gpixels/sec 7.6 Gpixels
Geometry Rate 380 MTriangles 475 MTriangles
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About the Radeon X800 XT (http://www.macgurus.com/forums/showpost.php?p=83371&postcount=9)

Barefeats

GeFX 5200 = GeForceFX 5200 (8X, 256MB, 128 bit, converted PC card)
Rad9600 XT = Radeon 9600 XT (8X, 128MB, Apple OEM)
Rad9600 Pro = Radeon 9600 Pro PC and Mac Edition (4X, 256MB, ATI Retail)
Rad9800 4X = Radeon 9800 Pro Mac Edition (2X/4X, 128MB, discontinued)
Rad9800 8X = Radoen 9800 Pro Mac Special Edition (8X, 256MB, discontinued)
GeF6800 GT = GeForce 6800 GT (8X, 256MB, Apple OEM)
GeF6800 UT = GeForce 6800 Ultra (8X, 256MB, Apple OEM discontinued)
RadX800 XT = Radeon X800 XT (8X, 256MB, ATI Retail)
RadX850 XT = Radeon X850 XT (8X, 256MB, Apple OEM)

http://www.barefeats.com/rad4x.html

dbk123
09-12-2005, 05:23 AM
Great info - thanks!

-dbk123