Mac GeForce 3 Tests in 2x AGP Slot
12:42 PM | Lucian Fong | Comment on this story
The question of whether NVIDIA's GeForce 3 would work in a 2x AGP-equipped Macintosh was been asked many times by gamers wanting to equip their Mac with the latest and greatest hardware. According to Apple's website, the GeForce 3 required a 2001 Mac with 4x AGP. Many people were puzzled because 4x AGP cards are usually designed to be backwards compatible with 1x and 2x AGP. Also, 3rd party companies who sell PC GeForce 3 cards, do not specify 4x AGP as a requirement. The only remaining issue was whether a 2x AGP slot was able to provide the power a GeForce 3 needed to function properly.
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This morning, Mike Breeden of XLR8YourMac surprised us with news that he was running a GeForce 3 in the 2x AGP slot of a dual-processor G4/500. He has posted preliminary Quake 3 benchmarks on his site and is currently running stress tests to make sure that the system is stable and reliable. This could be very good news for owners of older AGP Macs if the results are positive. Even if the GeForce 3 may be out of reach for many gamers ($500) at the moment, the price is sure to come down in he future.
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