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This MDD being a gaming machine, the stock ATI Radeon 9000 with 64MB of VRAM was not cutting it. Sure, games would run fine but with settings way down, and even then I often dipped below 10fps. It’s very hard to shoot people at 10fps or less. I needed something a little better so the search began.
A few good card options but they were either impossible to find or way too expensive.
Bad influence Greg Hrutkay came with an idea that actually wasn’t too bad; I could get a G5 graphics card and modify it to work in the G4. These cards averaged $50 on ebay which is too much for my liking, so the search and wait began. An ATI Radeon 9600 was found for $15 on ebay and with 128MB of VRAM it was just the performance bump I was looking for. It meant losing my ADC port but with an ADC to DVI adapter in the closet that won’t be an issue when I have space to set up my Cinema Display
A few days later, it arrived.
Radeon 9650 with 256MB of VRAM! Score! 😀
Games fly, even with all settings maxed out at full resolution. The card does run hot so I keep game settings medium-high until I can whack a fan on it or find another cooling solution.
And so we move on to the next upgrade!