better processor, dual 2.0 or 2.3, or 3.8 hyperthread

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  1. ajumbaje macrumors 6502

    ajumbaje

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    i am saving up to get a powermac g5, and i am just wondering if the dual processors do help A LOT and how much faster they are than a high 3.somethin ghz intel processor. I just want to see if what I am saving up for is DEFINITELY worth what I am going to pay

    hopefully, i plan to get the dual 2.0
    1 gig ram
    256 ati graphics card(the cheaper one to add on on the site)
    250 gig hd

    education discount
    so itll come up to around 2100 dollars

    is it worth it, i sold my psp and everything thats with it and im about 1/4 of the way now

    i am really eager to join the apple community, also because i want to major/5yr masters in computer science

    i want to video edit and graphic edit, some gaming(ut2k4), and something that will last me a while
     
  2. After G macrumors 68000

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    IMO, HT is like a light version of dual processors/dual-core. That being said, you should elaborate more on what you want to do with your computer so people can tell you if you are making the right decision.
     
  3. iEdd macrumors 68000

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    Here is the link for the performance tests.

    I have the PM G5 dual 2.0Ghz, it is a great little (big) beast. Although mine has PCI-X and 8 RAM slots, which the current dual 2.0Ghz won't. This will be fine as long as you never need to go past 4GB of ram.
     
  4. risc macrumors 68030

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    I wouldn't trust Apples benchmarking, no more than I'd trust Intels, AMDs, ATIs, nVIDIAS if you want some real results check out http://barefeats.com/macvpc.html
     
  5. barneygumble macrumors 6502a

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    Are you suggesting manufacturers tend to slant things their own way for the programs that they are optimised for :eek: shame on you ;)
     
  6. DeSnousa macrumors 68000

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    If you are having troubles saving up, why not consider an iMac. There very powerful for the average computer user, this is of course considering that you are one.

    With that said tell us your plans for what you are going to use the Powermac for, so we can give you better help :)
     
  7. Xephian macrumors 6502a

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    Currently I think the AMD X2 4400+ beats the Power Mac Dual 2.7. So, if you're going PC, definitely go with AMD's X2.
     
  8. Platform macrumors 68030

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    Yes.......if you need a PC go with AMD's X2 or Opteron's.....but hopefully Mac so Dual 2.0 may be a bit slower than top of the line X2 but still its not slow. But what are you doing with it :confused:
     
  9. greatdevourer macrumors 68000

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    If the 3.8Ghz P4 is to do with running a Mactel, forget it. Intel have an entirely new archetecture which the Mactels are almost certainly gonna run. The reason why the devkits run x86 instead of this new VILW-based archetecture is because Intel didn't want Apple to spill the beans. Basically, which x86 runs on this new thing, this new thing ain't gonna run on x86. I'd personally say "get the G5", but that's just me
     
  10. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Go with the 2GHz DP Power Mac G5. It will be much faster than a Pentium 4 based system. But regardless of the speed of the CPU the OS is (in my opinion) more important- the ease of use, security, plethora of built-in features, etc..., all make a Mac a far better choice than a PeeCee.
     
  11. Patch^ macrumors regular

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    I'd go for the Dual 2.3GHz, I have had mine for about 2 weeks and I love it ^_^. It has great expandability and it is really fast. But if your deciding between the intel or the mac. Just ask yourself, what operating system do you prefer?

    Also if your a Gamer get the Intel, but if your into multimedia and productivity it maybe wise to get a mac because most applications run incredibly fast especially photoshop :) and other applications such as Final Cut and Motion etc only run on Mac.

    Another idea, have you considered an iMac? They are excellent too.

    Which ever computer you decide to purchase it should be more than adequate for your tasks. But if I was you I would go to an apple store or reseller and have a look and play around with a G5 or Intel before you buy one it could help.
     
  12. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    I think that the Dual 2.3GHz Power Mac G5 is a better choice (speed, expandability, etc...) over the Dual 2GHz Power Mac G5. But it sounds like the Dual 2GHz Power Mac G5 is more in line with what ajumbaje would like to spend on his new computer.
     
  13. ajumbaje thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yea, but i guess the imac is still a great choice or is the powermac definitely better, i want to video edit things and do photoshop stuff, would the imac be better for a first timer or a powermac
     
  14. Patch^ macrumors regular

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    The iMac is still really fast with a lot of applications (get as much ram as you can) even with video editing, but it depends how long you intend to do editing and what types i.e. DV, HDV etc.

    With a powermac you can add more RAM and a better graphics card if you wish. Thats really if you intend to use apps like Final Cut and Games. If you are going to just edit films in iMovie and just use photoshop then the iMac maybe a wise choice.

    For a first timer, especially if your new to the Mac OS, it might be a good idea to get an iMac because it is considerably cheaper compared to a PowerMac, but if you had to compare them both on performance the PowerMac is better.

    I strongly recommend you check one out before you purchase one at a local store or reseller. Honestly it will help you out a lot, also ask for some advice from the apple store and ask what you intend to do with it etc, they can be very helpful =)

    Hope this helps ^_^
     
  15. Mord macrumors G4

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    the G5 is roughly equal to the athlon 64 (socket 939 with dual channel ram) clock for clock, so a single 1.8GHz G5 is about the same as a 3GHz P4, and a 2.7GHz G5 is roughtly equal to a 3.6GHz XEON or a 2.6GHz opteron, P4's have pretty much reached a ceiling so the different models have different amounts of cache different FSB's and different memory controllers on the motherboard, it's a very complex affair.

    hyper threading does not give you any more speed, it just makes more use if your cpu over more applications, so windows does not freeze up when an installer is installing or a cpu hog is running.
     

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