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What is the top card?
What is the top card?
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Description: Can anyone help me identify the top card in this G5 quad core PowerMac?  All I have is this picture at the moment.
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Posted by: amigadave at June 06, 2010, 07:40:50 AM

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amigadave
Posts:3836
June 07, 2010, 10:04:00 PM
Thanks guys, I think it is a video capture card like the one in the links provided.
Jambalah
Posts:71
June 06, 2010, 08:01:49 PM
I'm almost sure that is a Kona card, used with the ATTO Celerity FC-44ES Quad 4GB Fibre Channel HBA card, for real time video editing as DbAlex wrote.
Here the link of Kona card:
http://dv411.com/konacards.html
This is a g5 (for sale) with Kona installed:
http://sandiego.ebayclassifieds.com/photo-video/escondido/professional-video-editing-system-w-kona-card-raid/?ad=3061048
And here, for people that want to know more, a link for the Quad 4gb:
http://www.buymac.com.au/product/atto-celerity-fc44es-quad-4gb-fibre-channel-hba-pcie
Performance of those two beasties are really impressive... Read the info about.
DBAlex
Posts:304
June 06, 2010, 07:12:19 PM
Could be some sort of networking card... looks like coaxial but probably not...

Could it be fibre-optic?

Heres some fibre optic cables:

http://images.overstock.com/f/102/3117/8h/www.overstock.com/images/products/10013931.jpg

Could be needed if you have to transfer GB's of files quickly... the G5 could have been used for heavy video editing... that needs to be sent quickly across the network.

Sometimes they use that sort of equipment for live events... remember reading an article about macs being used for real-time video editing for the olympics.

Just an idea anyway, Alex. :-D


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