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Old Feb 5, 2013, 10:34 AM   #776
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The G5 arrived :)

So my G5 arrived earlier today and its one stunning machine. Its pretty fast to be honest, the way people were talking about it, I was expecting it to be extremely slow, but if I could compare its speed I would say Leopard on it runs about as fast as my '07 MacBook or '07 Mac mini. So its pretty smooth, just nothing like current intel "i" series Macs.

Either way I only paid 49 for it plus free shipping so it was an awesome deal.

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Old Feb 5, 2013, 11:38 AM   #777
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Either way I only paid 49 for it plus free shipping so it was an awesome deal.
Care to share where?!
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 12:44 PM   #778
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Care to share where?!
It was just on an auction on ebay what finished about half 10 at night and no one else bidded on it LOL
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 01:30 PM   #779
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So my G5 arrived earlier today and its one stunning machine. Its pretty fast to be honest, the way people were talking about it, I was expecting it to be extremely slow, but if I could compare its speed I would say Leopard on it runs about as fast as my '07 MacBook or '07 Mac mini. So its pretty smooth, just nothing like current intel "i" series Macs.

Either way I only paid 49 for it plus free shipping so it was an awesome deal.
But what are you planning to do on it that you can't on your iMac?
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 02:36 PM   #780
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But what are you planning to do on it that you can't on your iMac?
LOL Its just a secondary desk machine. It runs sim city 4, something my iMac can't and never will unless I downgrade to snow leopard with abysmal rosetta performance. As well as running an old version of SPSS I use for my Criminology degree, well it beats running it in Windows LOL.

The irony is, it actually boots up faster than the iMac and doing a few load tests with the same files it was about 40 seconds quicker burning a DVD in Toast Titanium 8 as opposed to the iMac in Toast 11. It also loaded a large .psd file in Photoshop CS2 way faster than the iMac in CS6.

I refuse to believe PowerPC is dead, crippled and now a hobbyist thing. If Apple wanted to support it the G5's are extremely capable machines this one seems pretty fast. PowerPC though has been deliberately flawed to make them useless, so people upgrade. I suppose the only plus side of this, is that they are now dirt cheap.

I ought to do a fair test and install it with Panther and do some comparisons of how it performs against my iMac with older software equivalents.
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 03:18 PM   #781
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For the price I think it was a bargin. Just curious!
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 03:46 PM   #782
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 04:37 PM   #783
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@ MacNerd, I came across my dual 2ghz G5 by chance as well. It's my primary machine, and with a 7200rpm drive pretty quick. I imagine it'd be much faster with an SSD

However, H.264 video crawls on it, and because there are no PPC video card drivers out there that support hardware h.264 decoding, it always will. The version of iPhoto that still works on PPC macs is glitchy, there isn't any Chrome and the newest version of webkit is a hobbyist alpha build - same with firefox.

Most things work great, especially stuff you could do with these machines when they came out (like video work, burning disks, etc). But web 2.0 sites suck Because the JIT compilers on the browsers are a little sketchy at times (TenFourFox has the best)

So yea, it's a mixed bag.

On one hand they are still surprisingly capable machines. On the other, I can't wait to switch this out with a newer intel box For now the MBA 13" is the most powerful machine I own. XD
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 10:11 PM   #784
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 10:30 PM   #785
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So my G5 arrived earlier today and its one stunning machine. Its pretty fast to be honest, the way people were talking about it, I was expecting it to be extremely slow, but if I could compare its speed I would say Leopard on it runs about as fast as my '07 MacBook or '07 Mac mini. So its pretty smooth, just nothing like current intel "i" series Macs.

Either way I only paid 49 for it plus free shipping so it was an awesome deal.

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1.25GB RAM to be upgraded to 4GB
500GB Seagate
320GB Hitachi
Nvidia FX5200 64mb vram
Mac OS X 10.5.8 Leopard
That acrylic display is one of Apples most gorgeous creations. IMO, that 'era' (G4 iMac, the G4 PowerMac, Acrylic cinema display) were the best looking Apple computers. If I could buy a 27" LED IPS display designed like the old Acrylic displays I would! Even a 23"! (Though I love the physical size and screen real estate of the 27" LED Cinema)

Currently I have a 23" display as a second monitor, I've really considered getting an Acrylic cinema 23" to replace it.
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Old Feb 6, 2013, 12:16 AM   #786
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Yep and yep works great for me
Nice, im thinking of the same combo. Is their enough room for the Air on the Micke? Is the Micke strong, and got enough space?
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Old Feb 6, 2013, 12:36 AM   #787
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@ MacNerd, I came across my dual 2ghz G5 by chance as well. It's my primary machine, and with a 7200rpm drive pretty quick. I imagine it'd be much faster with an SSD

However, H.264 video crawls on it, and because there are no PPC video card drivers out there that support hardware h.264 decoding, it always will. The version of iPhoto that still works on PPC macs is glitchy, there isn't any Chrome and the newest version of webkit is a hobbyist alpha build - same with firefox.

Most things work great, especially stuff you could do with these machines when they came out (like video work, burning disks, etc). But web 2.0 sites suck Because the JIT compilers on the browsers are a little sketchy at times (TenFourFox has the best)

So yea, it's a mixed bag.

On one hand they are still surprisingly capable machines. On the other, I can't wait to switch this out with a newer intel box For now the MBA 13" is the most powerful machine I own. XD
Totally agree, although I do find it quite interesting scouring around for versions of old software. I have also found the nightly builds of webkit in a Safari shell optimised for powerPC, seems to work better than TenFourFox and it still looks like safari.
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Old Feb 6, 2013, 07:40 AM   #788
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Nice, im thinking of the same combo. Is their enough room for the Air on the Micke? Is the Micke strong, and got enough space?
The air doesn't take too much space, and since there is a tray you can pull out there is quite a bit of room. As for it being sturdy, I've never had a problem
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How do you like the D1? I'm thinking of getting one to go with my A5's.
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I would add it for sure. Great unit for the price.
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Old Feb 6, 2013, 11:06 AM   #791
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Old Feb 6, 2013, 12:54 PM   #792
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So my G5 arrived earlier today and its one stunning machine. Its pretty fast to be honest, the way people were talking about it, I was expecting it to be extremely slow, but if I could compare its speed I would say Leopard on it runs about as fast as my '07 MacBook or '07 Mac mini. So its pretty smooth, just nothing like current intel "i" series Macs.

Either way I only paid 49 for it plus free shipping so it was an awesome deal.

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1.25GB RAM to be upgraded to 4GB
500GB Seagate
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Old Feb 6, 2013, 01:45 PM   #793
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Don't believe everything you read, particularly about PowerPC
well I have two older G4 Power Macs and a 1.42Ghz eMac and they were pretty slow, I mean they run smooth doing basic tasks, but anything to do with video editing and it was pretty much a no, no. The G5 though will come in useful for Logic Studio though I plan on doing vinyl transfers from my deck. Really like using the G5
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well I have two older G4 Power Macs and a 1.42Ghz eMac and they were pretty slow, I mean they run smooth doing basic tasks, but anything to do with video editing and it was pretty much a no, no. The G5 though will come in useful for Logic Studio though I plan on doing vinyl transfers from my deck. Really like using the G5
I shall restate don't believe everything you read about PowerPC..
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Nice! I wish they still sold those 30" displays!
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