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Chapter 7. More !!! For Less $$$Upgradin... > Upgrading Your Graphics Card

Upgrading Your Graphics Card

If you have an underpowered graphics card—and by that, I mean any card that came with a Mac made before the Blue & White Power Mac G3—inside your Power Mac, you might give some thought to plunking a new one into a free PCI slot. The Apple and early ATI graphics chipsets that shipped with earlier Macs are painfully slow compared with products currently released by ATI. As I write this chapter, ATI offers the Radeon, a 16 MB, 3D graphics card that goes for about $200 for the PCI edition. It's a fine graphics card and runs games beautifully.

If you have a Mac that carries an AGP (Accelerated Graphics Port) slot—all but the earliest Power Mac G4s have AGP slots—you can do better than the already pretty-fine graphics card within. nVidia (www.nvidia.com) offers the GeForce 3, a distinctly perky graphics card designed mainly for gamers with deep pockets (the card costs $500!) who seek the faster 3D hardware acceleration around.


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