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PM8600/300 graphics' chip?
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Jun 19, 2002, 02:17 PM
 
Does anyone know what kind of graphics' chip is built into the PM8600/300 system?

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Jun 19, 2002, 02:51 PM
 
</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Geneva, Verdana, Arial, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="1" face="Geneva, Verdana, Arial, sans-serif">Originally posted by pmcd:
<strong>Does anyone know what kind of graphics' chip is built into the PM8600/300 system?

philip</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Geneva, Verdana, Arial, sans-serif">Probably a cheapo ATi I would guess
<a href="http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/powermac/stats/powermac_8600_300.html" target="_blank">http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/powermac/stats/powermac_8600_300.html</a>
     
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Jun 19, 2002, 02:56 PM
 
The question is which "cheapo" ATI . The link doesn't tell you.

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[/QUOTE]Probably a cheapo ATi I would guess
<a href="http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/powermac/stats/powermac_8600_300.html" target="_blank">http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/powermac/stats/powermac_8600_300.html</a>[/QB][/QUOTE]
     
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Jun 19, 2002, 06:14 PM
 
I don't think it's an ATI, but probably the same Apple video controller used in other 7x00 and 8x00 macs (whether this is actually made by ATI, I don't know, but it isn't advertised as one).
     
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Jun 19, 2002, 07:03 PM
 
I'm with firefly, it's some Apple proprietary thing or a _very_ cheap ATI thing without 3D support at all. A hint if you're trying to figure this stuff out: If it says VRAM on the graphics memory, it's probably an Apple chip; if it says SGRAM, it's an early ATI Rage thingy.

<a href="http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=112422" target="_blank">http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=112422</a>

Apple's take on it, doesn't offer any clues other than the VRAM thing (as opposed to SGRAM).
The new Mac Pro has up to 30 MB of cache inside the processor itself. That's more than the HD in my first Mac. Somehow I'm still running out of space.
     
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Jun 21, 2002, 11:09 AM
 
This is the information given by Apple System Profiler on my 7600 about the graphics chip, which leads me to believe it is made by Apple:

Built-in display card

Card type: display
Card name: control
Card model: AAPL,343S1154
Card ROM #: Not available
Card Revision: 1
Card Vendor ID: 106B
     
   
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