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toezter
Oct 22, 2004, 10:45 AM
ok, a bit "out dated" topic here, but...

whats the difference between the two even if the processor speed is the same? i may be aquiring a g3 ibook 800mhz, while my friend has a g4 ibook 800mhz that i spent some time on (no he is not selling his).

just wondering, will i notice a lot of bog time while using simple small programs (word, ichat, itunes, safari, ocational ps)?

abhishekit
Oct 22, 2004, 11:06 AM
I think both have the same core, but G4 employs AltiVec so the MSS data buses are 128 bit, so the graphics run faster.
I guess there are some other improvements in FPU too.
So ps will show significant difference, other apps you mentioned I guess will run the same if you have same RAM.

keysersoze
Oct 22, 2004, 11:42 AM
Here's a recent article that explains the evolution of the PowerPC, if you want to get technical.

This "Part II" section is on the G3 and G4 processors.

http://arstechnica.com/articles/paedia/cpu/ppc-2.ars

toezter
Oct 22, 2004, 01:28 PM
Here's a recent article that explains the evolution of the PowerPC, if you want to get technical.

This "Part II" section is on the G3 and G4 processors.

http://arstechnica.com/articles/paedia/cpu/ppc-2.ars


sweet, just what i was looking for.

thanks.

California
Oct 22, 2004, 08:20 PM
According to the articles mentioned above, the "G4e" that came out in January of 2001 could have been rightly called the G5 at that time because of advances.

My early Tbook came out in January 2001 -- (400mhz). Does that make it a G4 or a G4e?

Interesting stuff nonetheless.