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Ask Max: Upgrading a G5 Tower's video card

Asked on 04/21/2008:

I want to upgrade my video card for my Power PC G5 Dual 2 GHZ model. I bought this model 2 years ago and it came with the GeForce FX 5200 with VRAM 64MB. I am doing a lot of editing in Aperture and it is really slow. Please help, let me know what is my best option.


This is a common problem for Aperture users. Almost every aspect of this program depends on a good graphics card. Unfortunately because of the shift to Intel-based systems, with their PCI-e Graphics, the PowerMac G5 owners are being shorted on upgrade options. Video card Makers are just not focusing on AGP video cards. You still have an option though. The ATI 9600 Pro 256MB is on the Aperture recommendation list and is still available for your AGP based computer.

You might also think about upgrading to Aperture 2.0--- a much snappier program. A worthwhile upgrade.

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