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Old Nov 5th, 2005, 02:22 AM   #1
 
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My PowerMac G5

Well guys, I'm a bit depressed on my PowerMac G5 1.6 GHZ. I have this thing that I think it's slow.

So anyways, a few days ago I went to Apple Canada, with my mom and some other kids for 'take your kid to work day.' Anyways, we had a tour, t-shirts, so on and so fourth (I won't get into detail unless really requested). And one of the guys said there that my PowerMac G5 was bloody fast. Now I'm thinking 'Aren't there G4 towers that run faster than my PowerMac G5?'

I need your opinions to raise my approval on my PowerMac. Is it still good? Does a 1.25 SDRAM give it a strong boost? What does it compare to? Can the new Powerbook top it? And is the 64 bit processor on my machine really make a difference to other hardware Apple makes greater in GHZ speed?
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Old Nov 6th, 2005, 05:45 AM   #2
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Well guys, I'm a bit depressed on my PowerMac G5 1.6 GHZ. I have this thing that I think it's slow.

Now I'm thinking 'Aren't there G4 towers that run faster than my PowerMac G5?'

I need your opinions to raise my approval on my PowerMac. Is it still good? Does a 1.25 SDRAM give it a strong boost? What does it compare to? Can the new Powerbook top it? And is the 64 bit processor on my machine really make a difference to other hardware Apple makes greater in GHZ speed?
If you like we can do a trade, my G4 933 for your machine.

Seriously, though, too slow in what sense?
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Old Nov 6th, 2005, 07:56 AM   #3
 
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Man... I have a 600mhz iBook G3... It's not even that slow either.

RAM is king, my ibook has 640MB and it makes a huge difference, how much is in your powermac? Anything under 512MB is folly.
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RyanKop, you can't look at a machines specs to establish whether or not it is fast enough. You have to look at whether your machine fulfills your requirements for use.
Any G5 is very fast. unless you're mapping the Genome or doing some very heavy graphics or video work, your machine should be much faster than you require for everyday use.
I work on a G4 866mhz PB and it fills my needs completely. Also, the only G4's faster than your machine are high Mhz duals. Even those are only faster at specific tasks.
You've got a very nice machine and setup there, enjoy it!
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Old Nov 6th, 2005, 03:36 PM   #5
 
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Hey ... do you want my PowerBook G4 ... there's nothing slow about a G5 1.6 GHz. Now compared to a current PowerMac G5 they're slow or any G5 with a dual processor, but in the scheme of things that's a smokin' machine. Try using a G4 PowerBook or PowerMac for a day or a G3 and see if you're still asking that question. I have a 1.25 GHz PowerBook and I'm ripping my hair out ... OK I'm not exactly using it for MS Word, email, and internet. I figure if I sell my body for a few weeks I can get a Quad - lol!
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Old Nov 6th, 2005, 03:39 PM   #6
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Speed kills.

But seriously, 1.6 Ghz G5 with a gig or two of ram is a nice little machine for everyday to semi-pro tasks, IMHO.

I mean, I find my 933 G4 iBook with Tiger nice and peppy for e-mail, surfing, music, photoshop, and about 99 per cent of what I do day to day.
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Old Nov 6th, 2005, 04:01 PM   #7
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you know, in the early/mid nineties the pros got their work done on machines that today would have trouble fetching $10 at a yard sale.
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you know, in the early/mid nineties the pros got their work done on machines that today would have trouble fetching $10 at a yard sale.
Yes, but that's not a fair comparison ... it's all about the software. You couldn't run FCP on a Apple made in the early ninties - FCP didn't even exist. At the time the machines they were using were the equivalent of todays Quad and probably much more expensive. In 10 years time a PowerMac Quad will be worthless too and probably not capable of running MS Word. The great software we use today is a product of hardware and software growing relatively in sync. People survived in the 70s without computers at all, but would you want to go back to life without the internet or great software? When the technology exists, you take advantage of it. We [the human race] survived without cell phones and MRIs and airplanes and advanced cancer research and air bags and the polio vaccine etc etc - but would you want to go back to those times? No thanks ... wait a sec, I don't even have a cell phone?
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wait a sec, I don't even have a cell phone?
neither do i. we must be the final 2 true cell phone luddites.
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neither do i. we must be the final 2 true cell phone luddites.

haha ... true indeed. You should see me try and find a pay phone in Vancouver - not going to happen ... when you do find one it's broken. People look at me like I'm a moron when I say I don't have a cell. I would like to get one of those giant brick cell phones though.
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