There are many video card options for Mac OS 7.6. The first thing to consider when looking for a new video card is whether your computer has NuBus expansion slots, PCI slots, or doesn't have any slots at all. See the hardware guide for more information.

Radeon 7000 Mac Edition. The ATI Radeon 7000 is the fastest video card we have ever tested with Mac OS 7. At 1280 x 1024 resolution, millions of colors, this was the only video card that could provide smooth full-screen quicktime playback. It also has superfast 2D acceleration, and amazing 3D acceleration. The Radeon 7000 gives you the maximum amount of 3D processing power, combined with a generous amount of video memory (up to 64MB).

  This demo video compares this card's 3D performance with the ixMicro Twin Turbo M8. The test was run at 1280 x 1024, millions of colors, on an otherwise stock Power Macintosh 8600/200. These cards are readily available on eBay for very low prices. The Mac OS 7 drivers even work with re-flashed PC cards. Drivers for Mac OS 7 can be downloaded from the Help Center.

Low End. The ixMicro TwinTurbo M8 (also known as 128) was a popular card and was considered fairly powerful for it's day. This card shipped in some Mac models, including the Power Macintosh 9500. It was also sold as a retail expansion card. This card provides 2D, 3D, and QuickTime acceleration. Drivers for Mac OS 7 can be downloaded from the Help Center.

A slightly more powerful low end card will be anything based on the ATI Rage LT chipset. Drivers for Mac OS 7 can be downloaded from the Help Center.

 

Mid Range. The ATI Rage 128 series of cards is a very powerful option for Mac OS 7.6. This card shipped in late model G3s, early model G4s, the PowerBook G3 Pismo, and the clamshell iBooks. It was also widely available as a retail expansion card, and can easily be found very cheaply on auction sites such as eBay. Drivers for Mac OS 7 can be downloaded from the Help Center.

High End. High power video cards include the original Radeon PCI and the Radeon 7000 PCI cards. These will give you the maximum amount of video memory and 3D graphics performance with QuickDraw-enabled programs under Mac OS 7.

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