buying powerbook, but...

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by gavinsan, Nov 13, 2005.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2005
    Well, i'm almost decided in buying a brand new powerbook g4 1,67ghz, 15" last rev.

    i'm gonna use it mainly for photoshop, image editing, and some movie editing. Also, internet, office2004, mail and typical computer use.

    Does photoshop runs softly in it? I ask this because i saw at photoshoptv (podcast) one guy making a tutorial in his powerbook, and it was low, and buggy...

    I'm considering buying 1GB of ram too, can someone help wich to choose?
    crucial powerbook ram

    There are two types of ram for the powerbook g4 1,67ghz 15". whats the best?
    these ones:
    DDR2 PC2-4200 / DDR2-533
    or these:
    DDR PC2700 / DDR333

    I'm a little confused, because the first ones, "seem" better, but are cheaper... am i wrong? And the ram that comes with the powerbook its "clocked" at 333mhz, what are the clocks for those ones that i posted?

    I'm a little worried because, this is my first mac, and i want something good.
    Thanks in advance

    PS: sorry for my bad "engrish"
  2. Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
    Photoshop runs fine on the new PowerBooks. Not as nice as the G5 PowerMacs though.

    The newest PBs use DDR2.
    The one before that uses DDR.

    I'd check out for RAM. It is cheaper, but very good.
  3. macrumors regular

    Jul 27, 2005
    Keep in mind that the 15" has the horizontal lines issue.

    [update] nevermind, I though you were getting the newest rev.
  4. macrumors 601


    Aug 5, 2005
  5. macrumors 68040


    Jan 16, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    You mean last revision as in the ones debuted in January, correct? If so, only the DDR333 RAM will work. Do NOT buy the DDR2 PC4200, because it won't physically fit in the computer.

    Other than that, happy computing! They're sturdy machines and Photoshop runs better on my PowerBook than it did on my dual 1.25GHz G4.
  6. macrumors member

    Sep 5, 2005
    Let's not make a blanket statement on that. Granted, it seems that a good deal of them do, but there are a few of us that don't.
  7. macrumors 68000


    Nov 10, 2004
    I use PS CS2 on my Rev D 12" Powerbook plugged into an external 17" monitor and it runs sweet.
  8. macrumors regular


    Nov 11, 2005
    Santa Clara, CA
    Well I've just bought the latest PB 15", I am still trying to figure out this screen issue. I looked at my screen very, close, with different backgrounds, do not see anything wrong with it :confused:

    Edit: never mind, I see SteveMcQ has answered my question, should have read the thread before replying :eek:
  9. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2005
    sorry, i 'm gonna buy the newest one, not the last one as i said :p the one with the new screens with "extra" resolution
  10. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2005
    but the ram, DDR2 PC2-4200 / DDR2-533
    does this means that this ram is clocked at 533mhz? Because the ram that comes with the pBook is clocked at 333mhz :confused:

    and... it is ok to have 1,5Gb in the powerbook? (1x1gb + 1x512mb) Some systems need ram in pairs (2x512mb or 2x1gb etc.)
  11. macrumors 6502

    Oct 3, 2005
    Houston, TX
    I think the system doesn't allow for the RAM to run faster than 333 on the new PBs. They are not using the full potential of the PC4200. And yes, it's fine to have 1.5 in there.
  12. macrumors 6502

    May 27, 2005
    ddr2 uses less power than ddr

    167 is the bus speed, the memory is clocked at double, hence the name double date rate DDR!

    The CPU is on a 10x multiplier and something similar breaks down the peripherals and chipset to their speeds. Just like in PCs... only different.

  13. macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    Datamem is selling DDR2 PC4200 1 GB single stick DIMMs with the correct specifications for about $100 each.

    Crucial is charging a premium for Apple guaranteed RAM
    when you can also find the same exact spec on Crucial RAM at Newegg
    for half the price.

    OWC is also a great retailer and carries several options.

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