I just posted a comment to maestro's 9600 article and realized after doing so that I probably should have posted it here in the forum. My appologies.
Anyway, for the faint of heart, ie. those like me, who simply want to put something in a box and expect it to work, all that stuff with heat sinks, tin snips, goofy glue, and numbers kinda makes my eyes water. To those of you who love all that, I take my hat off.
So what I was wondering was whether anyone knows anything about the ATI RADEON 9600 PRO 4x/8x AGP 256MB. I'm thinking of replacing my 9000, to get a little more umph and to get the S-video port capability to view my video editing on an NTSC monitor. I was just wondering if anyone has installed one in a G4 and if they like or dislike it. Or if I should look at a different solution.
Maestro: I have the 2002 Quicksilver 733hz, (sometimes refered to as the Educational model), to which I added the 1.3 Sonnet Encore/ST G4 Duet dual processor card, a Seritek SATA card, two 120GB Western Digital drives, M-Audio 634, a Dual Layer SuperDrive/Burner and the ATI 9000 which I mentioned.
I checked out http://www.bearfeats.com which you suggested and at the bottom of their review I found the following link to an even better review on anandtech.com. http://www.anandtech.com/printarticle.aspx?i=2502 What I didn't realize was that the new 9600 does not have the S-video port. Maybe the old one never did and I was mistaken. Of special interest to G4 owners was the product release info at the bottom, visavie discontinuation of the 2x Mac Edition 9800, etc.
By the way, the Seritek and the G$ Duet dual that I added were done so because of a heads up from you, for which I am still happy. My machine really humms (in more ways than one). Speaking of humming, somebody told me about a vinyl stick-on material that sound system guys use on their cars to dampen sound in cars with beefed-up systems. Would something like that just exaserbate the heating prob.
OK, first things first. I too have been working relentlessly on heat and cooling issues. I am in the process of writing two new articles for this site. One is on how I constructed cooling zones and the fans and control I used to keep heat and noise to a minimum. In fact, I just redid the zones in the G45142DP. I got two more Panaflos today. I am also writing a comparo article on fans. Here is a hint. Look at my selections for my own computer.
1x120mm Panaflo 3x 80mm Panaflos 2x 60 Sunons My advice on the sound control mats. Don't use em. You need to start with the quietest parts first. Then go after the culprits that are causing probles after that. My modded 9600 is the loudest fan now. I have a Antec four way fan control coming tomorrow. That way I can control each zone. I know Apple likes the computer running the fans, but look at all of the fan troubles they have had. Hope that helps. Let me know. -maestro
By the way....My newly fanned out G45142DP doesn't even register on my DB meter at one meter. I can't wait to get that fan controller!
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