ATI Rage 128 Mac Edition
Physical Specs and Compatibility
The ATI Rage 128 is a PCI video card that works in a standard 33 MHz 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.
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
- Drivers & Software, ATI
- Mac Rage128 Graphics Card Status, Accelerate Your Mac, 1999.08.24
- ATI Rage128 Orion vs IXMicro Game Rocket, Accelerate Your Mac, 1999.07.13
- 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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