Ati 9600 For Mac Os

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Introducing the Game of Life screensaver with the highest system requirements in history!

But it may be one of the fastest....


This Life screensaver runs almost entirely on your graphics card. The logic is written as an OpenGL shader, with just a bit of extra programming to glue it all together. This screensaver gets 22fps on my PowerBook G4 running at a 1x zoom fullscreen at 1280x854 while using only 10% of the CPU.

ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 (4X AGP) with 64 MB of DDR SDRAM.This model is capable of using Mac OS 9 applications within the Mac OS X 'Classic' environment. RADEON® 9600 technology is available in four product configurations built by ATI: RADEON® 9600 XT, RADEON® 9600 PRO, RADEON® 9600 and RADEON® 9600 SE. For more details on differentiating features of the four products, please see the comparison chart for these products.

Because it's a shader, and a rather complicated shader, it needs a hefty graphics card to work. Almost anything made since 2005 or so should work fine. So far, it's been tested and known to work on these cards:

  • ATI Mobility Radeon 9700
  • ATI Mobility Radeon 9600
  • ATI Mobility Radeon 9200
  • ATI Radeon 9200
  • ATI Radeon 9600 Pro
  • ATI Radeon 9600 XT
  • ATI Radeon X800
  • NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200
  • NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200
  • NVIDIA GeForce 6200A/NV44A
  • ATI x1600
  • MacBook integrated graphics (very slow)

If you have one of these cards, or something better, it will probably work fine. If you don't, it may not. However, the worst that can happen is that it won't work. If your screen comes out pure black, or pure white, or never changes, it's probably because of the graphics card.

GPULife runs on all Intel Macs, although the integrated graphics in the MacBook, Mini, and low-end iMac do not perform well. It runs with great blazing speed on all of the others.

If it works on your older (PowerPC pre-G5) video card and your card is not on this list, please e-mail me so I can update the list.


Download GPULife (26kB) - Requires Mac OS X 10.4 (possibly higher) and a hefty video card.

After downloading, double-click the GPULife.saver file. It will open System Preferences and prompt you to install the screensaver.

New in 1.0.1:
• Adds full compatibility with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.ForFor

Open Source

GPULife is open source. To check out the current source code you will need a copy of Subversion, then execute this command: svn co You can also browse the source code. GPULife is released under the MIT License.

For questions, comments, support, etc., e-mail Michael Ash.


Limit framerate: This option allows you to limit the rate at which the screensaver updates, to keep from using 100% of your graphics card's power. If unchecked, the screensaver will run as fast as your hardware will allow. If checked, you can set a maximum framerate using the slider and textbox to the right.

Show framerate: If checked, the current framerate will be displayed in the lower left corner of your screen.

Ati 9600 for mac os x

Zoom: This allows you to control the zoom factor of the screensaver; at 1, one pixel is one Life cell.

Initial fill: When the screensaver starts, the field is filled with a random assortment of live and dead cells. This slider control the proportion of live cells. Both extremes are likely to rapidly result in a very dead space; best results are found in the middle.

Add random cells (per step): The screensaver will add the given number of live cells to the grid at every step. A small number of random cells can keep the grid from stagnating into still or repeating forms.

Corner colors: Liven up your screensaver by setting custom colors for the live cells. Dead cells are always black. Colors that are too close to black can confuse the engine, so dark are automatically brightened slightly.

What is Life?

More properly called Conway's Game of Life, Life is a cellular automaton. It's a computer simulation which takes place on a grid; each square in the grid is a cell which is either alive or dead. In Life, each cell counts its eight neighbors (four cardinal directions plus diagonals). If a live cell has two or three neighbors, it stays alive, otherwise it dies. If a dead cell has three neighbors, it is born, otherwise it stays dead. Through these simple rules, complex patterns evolve.

For more information, see Conway's Game of Life at the Wikipedia.

The Apple branded Radeon 9600 Pro is an AGP 8x card compatible withAGP 4x and 8x slots and first shipped with the top-end 2.0 GHz dual Power Mac G5in mid-2003. The 9600 XT version shipped with the top-end 2.5 GHz dualPower Mac G5, and the 2005 dual 2.0 and 2.3 GHz Power Mac G5shipped with a card simply marked Radeon 9600.

The ATI version, the Radeon 9600 Pro PC & Mac Edition, is an AGP 4x cardthat supports both Macs (with 4x and 8x AGP) and PCs.

Flashed AGP 8x video cards are not compatible with theMystic/Gigabit Ethernet, Digital Audio, Cube, Quicksilver, and MirrorDrive Door Power Mac G4 without modification. As explained by The Mac Elite, Appleuses pins 3 and 11 on the back of the card to power ADC monitors. Thesepins must be disabled or your Mac will not boot with the cardinstalled. Full details and instructions are on the Mac Elitewebsite.

This video card requires more power than the AGP slot provides, soyou will need to tap power from your Power Mac's power supply, whichmay require a power splitter.


Ati 9600 For Mac Os X

Ati 9600 For Mac Os
  • GPU speed: 400 MHz
  • Video memory: 256 MB
  • Memory speed: 540 MHz
  • Memory bus: 256 bits
  • Resolutions: 640 x 480 to 2048 x 1536
  • Ports: DVI-I and ADC on Apple version; Dual-link DVI-I onATI version (includes one DVI-to-VGA adapter)
  • Dual monitor support: yes
  • Cooling fan: yes
  • Minimum OS: Mac OS X 10.3.6
  • Compatible with: MirrorDrive Door and FireWire800, and Power Mac G5 models with AGP (excludes Power Mac G5 Dual andG5 Quad, which use PCIe). Some 9600s may be compatible with Digital Audio, Quicksilver, and Quicksilver 2002, but someare not and ATI does not support the card on these Macs.

Online Resources

Ati 9600 For Mac Os 8

  • ATIRadeon 9600 Pro PC and Mac Edition, ATI
  • ATI Radeon 9600 Pro Mac& PC Edition: One Card for All, Anand Tech, 2005.08.19
  • ATI Radeon9600 Mac/PC Edition Compatibility Notes , Accelerate Your Mac, lastupdated 2006.05.23

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  • Review: ATI's NewRetail Radeon 9600 Pro Dual-Link Card for Mac (and PC), Bare Feats,2005.08.19. The Radeon 9600 Pro with AGP 4x benchmarks slower than theApple-branded 9600 XP with AGP 8x.
  • The ATI Radeon9800 Pro Special 256MB Mac Edition versus Other Radeon GraphicsCards, Bare Feats, 2004.06.09. Various versions of 9800 vs. Radeon9600 and GeForce 5200.
  • Shootout: FiveGraphics Cards on One G5/2.7, Bare Feats, 2005.05.05. The Radeon9600 XT benchmarks a bit better than the 9650, but well behind the9800 SE.
  • Question: Can YouUpgrade a G4 Power Mac To Go as Fast as a G5 Power Mac?, Bare Feats,2005.09.22. Short answer: No, and with dual 800 MHz G4 CPUs, there'slittle difference between the Radeon 9600 and 9800. But put in dual2.0 GHz CPUs, and the 9800 easily runs ahead of the 9600.