big power diff b/n 2.0 and 2.3?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Keebler, Mar 11, 2006.

  1. Keebler macrumors 68030

    Jun 20, 2005
    Hi there,

    I'm looking at buying a new mac for my arsenal of video editing machines. i hae a dually it..juiced it up to 3.5 GBs, added another internal HD and have bunch of externals. great machine.

    so, i'm looking at the 2.0 vs 2.3 duals. I don't need the quad...too much overkill for my needs. For the extra $600, is the extra .3 processor, and .15 frontside bus and vid card worth that much of a difference? Is there a site where I can see benchmarks for the 2?

    I'm thinking i should just get the 2.0, add some ram and another internal HD and leave it at that?

    I run FCP, DVDSP, bitvice, compressor and livetype...hoping to try motion someday if i get a chance to have some free time to play with it. i haven't ventured into the world of HD just yet and i really can't see myself doing it just yet (mostly home video transfers and government work).


    Oh, and i'm not worried nor care about the intel. i have enough business in the queue to play for at least 1/3 of a new machine right now...which means i'll have 3 macs working away like little madmen. I'm not fussed about the future of apps working on PPCs b/c i know Apple's not that stupid to stop supporting it for a long, long time given the # of ppc macs out there now.

    Cheers and thanks in advace,
  2. Shamus macrumors 6502a


    Feb 26, 2006
    if you find the 2.0 that you have now does the job fine...well i would recommend just getting another one of those. Unless you find that your 2.0 could be faster, then the .3ghz probably wouldnt make all that difference. You would see increases in rendering speed ect. but unless your unhappy with the performance of the 2.0, dont bother with spending the extra $600
  3. QCassidy352 macrumors G3


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    I think the 2.3 is the weak link in the powermac line up, and it's definitely not worth the extra money IMO. If the quad is more than you need, I'd definitely look at the 2.0 over the 2.3.

    But have you checked out apple's refurb section? As low as $1500 for a dual processor 2.0 G5, a dual processor 2.3 for $2000, a dual 2.5 for $2050, and a dual 2.7 for $2150!

    If you don't mind dual processor (as opposed to dual core) and refurb, you can get the same power for $500 less or a whole lot more power for just a bit more than the dual core 2.0.
  4. Keebler thread starter macrumors 68030

    Jun 20, 2005
    i'll check it out

    thanks for the feedback guys. i appreciate it. i'll check the refurb store, but i'm in canada and i haven't seen too many refurbs. i may just get another 2.0 and juice it up :) my current 2.0 has been great. i really need another working machine so i can 3 projects at once :)

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