GLSL cards

Hi, all! I want to get a new graphics card. One that supports GLSL shading with blender but is still an AGP… dunno if that’s even POSSIBLE…

But how do I know if it is compatible? And if not, how do I make it so or how do I know that the one I buy IS compatible?

MAC INFO:

Hardware Overview:

Machine Name: Power Mac G4
Machine Model: PowerMac3,6
CPU Type: PowerPC G4 (3.2)
Number Of CPUs: 2
CPU Speed: 1.25 GHz
L2 Cache (per CPU): 256 KB
L3 Cache (per CPU): 1 MB
Memory: 1.25 GB
Bus Speed: 167 MHz
Boot ROM Version: 4.5.7f1

Graphics/Displays:

NVIDIA GeForce4 MX:

Chipset Model: GeForce4 MX
Type: Display
Bus: AGP
Slot: SLOT-1
VRAM (Total): 32 MB
Vendor: nVIDIA (0x10de)
Device ID: 0x0172
Revision ID: 0x00a5
ROM Revision: 1121
Displays:
DELL 1905FP:
Resolution: 1280 x 1024 @ 60 Hz
Depth: 32-bit Color
Core Image: Not Supported
Main Display: Yes
Mirror: Off
Online: Yes
Quartz Extreme: Supported
Display:
Status: No display connected

Look for at least OpenGL 2.0 support. Although, I think OpenGL 1.5 will get you GLSL, 2.0 also gets you geometry shaders. :wink:

Geforce fx5200 has partial support of GLSL, and you should be able to still find geforce 6200 easier than those ones, pretty bad video cards, but do the job, I think there are also some ATI that still does agp, but don’t know how well they work.

You can get an ATI Radeon HD 3650 (agp) for about $60. The card is capable DX10 and OpenGL up to (but excluding) 4.

A 6 series nvidia, or above, will support GLSL, I believe.

However, don’t expect anything above 30 fps on even moderately complex shaders.

If there’s any way you can swing it, try to get your hands on a PCI-E mobo, and buy a proper 9 series card (the prices should be fairly low for those, especially now that the GTX cards are out).

My graphics card is a Sparkle 8400 GS GeForce PCI card. Not PCIe, or AGP. This mobo is a business machine with no graphics card slot. The card has 4.0 or better OpenGL, and is Directx 10 compatible; I just bought this a few months ago, with 512 megs of ram onboard, and your AGP will perform at least twice as fast, since I’m only getting 32 bits on my PCI bus, but u r getting 62 bits. I would suggest doing some window shopping; even if ur AGP is only a 4 slot: they probably have those pretty cheap right now.

Only the only Nvidia cards that support OpenGL 4 are their Fermi cards. Your 8400 supports up to OpenGL 3.3.

Hmmm…thnx for pointing that out. I just looked at the ad, and it says Shader Model 4.0; obviously I thought that meant Gl 4.0. Still, not a bad upgrade for an old number cruncher.:slight_smile:

i got an nvidia FX 5500, it lags some, but support GLSL anyway :smiley:

So I should first purchase a PCIe slot? You can do that?

I’ve got my eye on this one… It is cheap and (I hope) will suffice…

will it??? :o

AAHHHHHHHHHH! I forgot to say! I’m on a Mac OS X 10.4.11!!!

I hope all the aforementioned cards will work!

Forgot to mention this as well:

MAC INFO:

Hardware Overview:

Machine Name: Power Mac G4
Machine Model: PowerMac3,6
CPU Type: PowerPC G4 (3.2)
Number Of CPUs: 2
CPU Speed: 1.25 GHz
L2 Cache (per CPU): 256 KB
L3 Cache (per CPU): 1 MB
Memory: 1.25 GB
Bus Speed: 167 MHz
Boot ROM Version: 4.5.7f1

Graphics/Displays:

NVIDIA GeForce4 MX:

Chipset Model: GeForce4 MX
Type: Display
Bus: AGP
Slot: SLOT-1
VRAM (Total): 32 MB
Vendor: nVIDIA (0x10de)
Device ID: 0x0172
Revision ID: 0x00a5
ROM Revision: 1121
Displays:
DELL 1905FP:
Resolution: 1280 x 1024 @ 60 Hz
Depth: 32-bit Color
Core Image: Not Supported
Main Display: Yes
Mirror: Off
Online: Yes
Quartz Extreme: Supported
Display:
Status: No display connected

This one is $20 more, but it would be much better:

Although, I have no idea about OS X support. =/

So… If it doesn’t say so, it does not have Mac support??

I have no idea how you go about upgrading the graphics on a Mac.I don’t know if there is a list of supported cards or something. I took a look at the ATI site and they only had Windows and Linux drivers. Googling around I saw people getting the 3650 going in OSX86 (Hackintosh).

Hmmm…

Crud.

Well, I’ll report back when I find a list! :wink: