The ATI Rage 128 is a PCI video card that works in a standard 33 MHz PCI slot or Apple’s accelerated 66 MHz PCI slot. It was the standard video card on the Blue & White Power Mac G3 and the Yikes! Power Mac G4, where it sat in the lone 66 MHz PCI slot. According to Accelerate Your Mac, the card only sees about a 10% performance gain on the faster bus.
The Blue & White G3 was Apple’s third PCI Power Mac without motherboard video; the first two were the Power Mac 9500 and 9600, which usually shipped with the ixMicro Twin Turbo video card. This was the first time Apple used a VGA connector on a desktop Mac.
Because Mac OS 8.0 and later include support for Rage 128 graphics, there is no need to try to locate and download official ATI drivers. Good thing, because since AMD took over ATI, access and support for such old hardware has pretty much vanished.
The Rage 128 card has a connector for a DVD decoder card. Many articles mention poor 16-bit image quality, and 32-bit operation is nearly as fast.
ATI shipped several Mac compatible cards based on the Rage 128 chipset. These include the Orion, Nexus, and VR cards.
- GPU: Rage 128
- GPU speed: 166 MHz
- PCI bus speed/width: 33/66 MHz, 32 bits
- Video memory: 32 MB
- Memory speed: 166 MHz
- Memory bus: 256 bits
- Resolutions: 640 x 480 to 1920 x 1440
- Ports: DVI-I and VGA
- Dual monitor support: no
- Cooling fan: yes
- Minimum OS: Mac OS 8.0
- ATI Drivers for Mac OS Classic, Mactar
- ATI Retail Updater, MacUpdate, 2002.10.29
- Mac Rage128 Graphics Card Status, Accelerate Your Mac, 1999.08.24
- ATI Rage128 Orion vs IXMicro Game Rocket, Accelerate Your Mac, 1999.07.13
- ATI Rage, Wikipedia
- Radeon AGP vs Rage128 Pro AGP, Mike Breeden, Accelerate Your Mac, 2000.10.05
- Rage 128 vs. Radeon AGP, Bare Feats, 2001.02.23. “Is AGP that much faster?” It depends….
- Mac 3D Graphics Card Performance Summary, Accelerate Your Mac, 1999.11.03. VT MP960 Compared to Voodoo3 3000/2000 PCI, ATI’s Rage128 Orion, and Formac’s Proformance 3.
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