Nvidia GeForce FX 5200 AGP
Physical Specs and Compatibility
The GeForce FX 5200 is an AGP 8x card compatible with AGP 2x, 4x, and 8x slots. It's short enough and runs cool enough to work in the Power Mac G4 Cube, and it is the oldest, least powerful card with full Core Image and Core Animation support. It was the standard video card for the Power Mac G5/1.6 GHz single and 1.8 GHz dual (2003), 1.8 GHz single, and 1.8 GHz and 2.0 GHz dual (2004). It will work with all AGP Power Macs.
Flashed AGP 8x video cards are not compatible with the Mystic/Gigabit Ethernet, Digital Audio, Cube, Quicksilver, and Mirror Drive Door Power Mac G4 without modification. As explained by The Mac Elite, Apple uses pins 3 and 11 on the back of the card to power ADC monitors. These pins must be disabled or your Mac will not boot with the card installed. Full details and instructions are on the Mac Elite website.
Leopard (Mac OS X 10.5) boot times for Power Mac with the GeForce 6200 fall into the 4-5 minute range, and it's suggested that you install Leopard with the Mac's original video card to avoid slowing down the process.
The GeForce FX 5200 can be used on a Mac running OS 9, but with no acceleration and with limited resolution settings.
Based on recent pricing, we recommend the Radeon 9600 Pro, whcih also has full Core Image and Core Animation support, over the GeForce FX 5200, especially for those running Leopard. The Radeon is both more powerful and generally less expensive.
- GPU speed: 250-400 MHz, dual processors
- Video memory: 128/256 MB
- Memory speed: 225-266 MHz DDR
- Memory bus: 128 bits
- Resolutions: 640 x 480 to 1920 x 1200 (2048 x 1536 analog)
- Ports: DVI-I, VGA, S-video
- Dual monitor support: yes
- Cooling fan: not necessary
- Minimum OS: Mac OS 9.2.2, OS X 10.4.3
- Compatible with: Sawtooth, Gigabit Ethernet, Digital Audio, Quicksilver, Quicksilver 2002, Mirror Drive Door, FireWire 800, Power Mac G5 models with AGP (excluded Power Mac G5 Dual and G5 Quad)
- Nvidia GeForce FX 5200, Nvidia
- Nvidia's GeForce FX 5200 graphics processor, The Tech Report, 2004.10.11
- GeForce 6200: Nvidia's New Budget Graphics, Extreme Tech, 2005.01.21
- Shootout: Newer, Faster Graphics Cards for the G4 Cube!, Bare Feats, 2005.07.18. GeForce2, 3, and 5200 vs. Radeon 8500, 9000, 9200, and 9800.
- 'Sane' 3D Game Graphics Card Shootout, Bare Feats, 2004.07.24. GeForce 5200 vs. Radeon 9600 and 9800 at "sane" settings on a Power Mac G5.
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