14" G4 iBook speed difference worth the $$$$$?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by phrancpharmD, Feb 8, 2004.

  1. phrancpharmD macrumors regular

    Apr 22, 2003
    Historic Norcross
    Greetings all!
    So, barring no "suprises" with my recent eBay transaction, I will soon be putting the proceeds from selling my beloved G3 iBook towards the purchase of a shiny new G4 iBook. I've configured the two different 14" models exactly the same (no RAM upgrade, 60GB HD, Combo Drive, AE card, and built in BT) from the Apple online store, and the 1GHz model comes out $155 more than the 933MHz model (I get education discount). The most processor intensive app I'll be running is Logic Gold, and not to be cheap (although I can be) is the extra 67MHz going to make a noticable difference? Thanks in advance!
  2. maclamb macrumors 6502


    Jan 28, 2002
    Northern California
    I don't think you're going to notice the difference- put the $ into ram and an airport extreme.
  3. tdhurst macrumors 68040


    Dec 27, 2003
    Portland, OR

    I second that. Use the $155 to get a 512 RAM chip. Much more useful than the tiny increase in processor speed.
  4. aswitcher macrumors 603


    Oct 8, 2003
    Canberra OZ
    Yep RAM it is.
    Bluetooth or AIrport Ex depending on your needs
  5. laserbeahm macrumors member

    Feb 4, 2004
    Central Valley, CA
  6. johnnyjibbs macrumors 68030


    Sep 18, 2003
    London, UK
    The 933 is the sweet spot. The 1 GHz is just an option for those who want a 12" PB with a bigger screen...
  7. phrancpharmD thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 22, 2003
    Historic Norcross
    Thanks everybody for your input. I was leaning towards the 933 and maxing out the RAM; glad to see y'all don't think it will be a mistake!
  8. cmx08 macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2004
    Canada, GMA
    GET MACWORLD MAGAZINE march 2004 and read page 26.

    all the
    iBooks G4 VS
    PB G4 1Ghz and
    iBook G3 900Mhz

    With no S-Drive, all C-Drive

    If you are a student using Discount and Cost matters

    -And for 12", the iBook G4 is the one
    -And for 14", the 933Mhz is the one
    -And for 1Ghz, the 12" PB is the one

    -12" iBook G4 is the fastest and cheapest
    -14" 933Mhz is as fast as the 1Ghz by 2 secs slow only and it's cheaper
    -for the cost of a 14' 1Ghz, the 12" PB is few pennies more and you get faster speed for Pro Prog by 50% faster and you also get input and Aluminium that is scratch resistant.

    on the same mag, on page 27,
    they said it also, 14" 1Ghz not worth the extra over the 933Ghz.

    12" G4 800 4/5
    14" G4 933 3.5/5
    14" G4 1Ghz 3/5
  9. QCassidy352 macrumors G3


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    he said he's already getting both AE and BT, so that's not a problem...

    while 1 ghz certainly has a nice sound to it, it's not really worth it. As others have said, that money will max out the RAM, which is what will really make a performance difference. I think you'll love your new ibook. :)
  10. phrancpharmD thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 22, 2003
    Historic Norcross
    Cool! Thanks cmx08 - actually I have a subscription to MacWorld, and I think the March issue just arrived. I'll be sure to check it out. My current iBook is a G3 12" and even though I know the cost difference between the 12" PowerBook and the 14" iBook is minor, the additional screen real estate with the 14" would be worth it to me to stick with the iBook (yes, I know, the resolution on the 12" and 14" iBooks is the same, the pixels on the 14" are just bigger - but hey, I just turned 30 and the eyes ain't what they used to be. . .)

    I'm sure you're right, seeing how much I've enjoyed using my OLD iBook!
  11. cmx08 macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2004
    Canada, GMA
    is this case, Happy 30 =)

    We want you to treat yourself nicely with a new mac and as you know you can ask questions and your MAC brothers will help you out.

    Get the book do dual with the hack or mirror it on a sweet display to safe you sight ;)
  12. flyfish29 macrumors 68020


    Feb 4, 2003
    New HAMpshire
    MacWorld just did a test of all three iBooks, as well as compared them to the past generation...some interesting results. don't know if it is on line, but in the current issue for sure. check it out.

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