500mhz G4 or 800mhz G3 to run 10.4?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mlrproducts, Jul 11, 2006.

  1. mlrproducts macrumors 6502

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    Which would be faster? I'm looking at either a TiBook@500mhz or a G3 Snow iBook@800mhz. I'm gonna run 10.4 and be running Office and Quicken.
     
  2. FF_productions macrumors 68030

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    I think I'd want the G4, but I need more specs like ram and such...
     
  3. CubeHacker macrumors 65816

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    Normally I would recommend a TiBook. However, the 500mhz model is the very first Ti Powerbook. It does not have a Quartz Extreme enabled video card, and only has 8mb of VRAM. This means that overall, OSX will be chuggy with its visual effects. This MIGHT not concern you, but the iBook does have a Radeon 7500 with 32mb of VRAM which would provide a much smoother experience, even though its not as sexy as the TiBook.
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Quartz Extreme + 750fx vs. 7410 + Velocity Engine

    I'd easily go with the iBook.
     
  5. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    I agree - the ibook. The video card on the tibook is just too bad.
     
  6. mlrproducts thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Is there a way do disable the need for Quartz Extreme? This would be for a lady who is only going to use Safair, Quicken, and Excel. Plus, the Tibook would come with 768MB whereas the iBook would only have 384.
     
  7. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Either the hardware supports Quartz Extreme or it doesn't. I'd still go with the iBook. RAM can be added while the video card cannot be changed.
     

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