View Full Version : ibook vs powermac

Jul 23, 2003, 03:39 PM
ok, which is faster, my wife's 600 mhz G3 or a 400 mhz G4 PowerbooK?

Jul 23, 2003, 03:46 PM
why not run xbench on both and get a defintive answer....you have to give some more specs and it dependso n what your doing

Jul 23, 2003, 03:50 PM
good call, I'll try it, it just seems that the G4 has AGB graphics as well as altivec, so I would thik I may be faster.....

Jul 23, 2003, 04:09 PM
well you can also do your own benching by starting itunes enconding the same cd and timing how long it takes ( if the cd drives are same speed) also the amount of ram alters the perfomace of some applications.

Jul 23, 2003, 05:28 PM
Originally posted by big
ok, which is faster, my wife's 600 mhz G3 or a 400 mhz G4 PowerbooK?
That depends on the amount of memory and what you are running.

If you are not running anything that uses altivec, then the G3 will probably be faster for teh same amount of memory.

Jul 24, 2003, 03:44 PM
I think it depends on what you are doing. For example, my 800 Mhz iBook rips a cd about as fast as my 400 MHz G4, but for general use, the iBook seems faster (though it does have a QE compatible video card.) My iBook still only has 128 RAM in it too, so I would imagine things will get a little faster once I add some more. But that's just my 2 cents -- In this case, I would think the 400 G4 would be a good deal faster for Altivec stuff, but the G3 would be faster for non-Altivec (and snappier in OS 9)

Jul 24, 2003, 04:30 PM
Why do you care?

Jul 24, 2003, 04:42 PM
if you are arguing with your wife you will never win. and if you do win you will probably be sleeping on the couch, give up while you still can.


Jul 28, 2003, 09:25 AM
well, I have an opp to buy a 400 mhz powerbook, for $800. It can not burn cd's so I may pass on the offer, just wondering how speed would compare

Jul 28, 2003, 04:37 PM
According to:


600MHz G3 iBook has slight edge over 400MHz G4 PowerBook when compared with various tests. Score of 8-7-1 for iBook and 7-8-1 for PowerBook.

But as many people mentioned, it really depends on what you do. Even though iBook had better score over all, they were marginal. And in some cases where iBook lost, it lost big. For example Quicktime Encode and Photoshop AltiVec comparison.