Graphics Card

So, some of you may remember an earlier post regarding my purchase of a Radeon 8500 around the same time I upgraded to OS X 10.2 Jaguar. Well, with OS X 10.4 Tiger, Apple introduced a fancy bit of code called CoreImage.

CoreImage is based on the concept of offloading graphically intensive tasks to the chip on the graphics card, rather than bog down the main system processor. The catch is, you need a supported card to get all the goodness. Most machines made in the past two years all shipped with cards that met the minimum requirements.

The Radeon 8500, it turns out, is not fully compatible with CoreImage. The reason I purchased it, was to take advantage of Quartz Extreme in Jaguar.

So, given that I recently purchased some flat screen LCD’s, I thought that now might be a good opportunity to upgrade the graphics card as well.

I found a Radeon 9800 Pro with 256 MB of DDR ram on the card. Pretty exciting by 2004’s standards. Sadly, this is the most advanced card that my machine will accept. Not so sadly, it now fully supports CoreImage, which means I now have access to all kinds of superfluous eye candy.

Dashboard ripple effect? Check.

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