G3/4/5 questions:

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  1. Josias macrumors 68000

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    Hello,

    I would like to know the fastest and slowest possible G3, G4 and G5 processors, and in what macs already containing a processor of the same generation, to exchange it for a faster one. Now I'm not only talkin' 'bout PPC's made for Apple. Also other companies (Xbox 360 for example uses PowerPC:cool: ).
     
  2. thegreatluke macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not sure what you mean, but check out www.apple-history.com for information about these Macintoshes.

    The slowest G3 would be:
    Tied, Power Macintosh G3 (233/266/300/333 MHz) and the Power Macintosh G3 All-in-One (233/266 MHz). The tower was made in 1997 and the All-in-One was made in 1998.
    Fastest G3:
    The iMac G3 (summer 2001 model). Clocked at 500/600/700 MHz. Came in Graphite and Snow colors.

    Slowest G4:
    Tied, the Power Macintosh G4 (AGP Graphics). Came in a graphite color. Was clocked at 350/400/450/500 MHz. Also, the Power Macintosh G4 ("Yikes!"). Came in a graphite color. Was clocked at 350/400 MHz. Both were made in 1999.
    Fastest G4:
    Tied, the PowerBook G4 (1.67 GHz) and the PowerBook G4 (1.67 GHz with Dual Layer SuperDrive). The former was made in early 2005 and the latter was made in late 2005.

    The slowest G5 would be:
    Tied, the Power Macintosh G5 (original), was made in 2003. It came in 1.6/1.8/2x1.8/2x2.0 GHz models. Also, the iMac G5, the original "fat," iSight-less model. It was made in 2004 and shipped in 1.6/1.8 GHz versions.
    The fastest G5 would be:
    The Power Mac(intosh) G5 Quad, with dual processors at 2.0, 2.3 and 2.5 GHz, with the 2.5 GHz model having dual-core processors, to make four cores. This was made in late 2005. (There was also the dual-processor 2.7 GHz Power Mac, but the Quad 2.5 GHz model is much faster in terms of performance.)

    Edit: Fixed.
     
  3. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    The slowest G5 ever made can be found in the first generation iMac G5s, and it clocks in at 1.6GHz.
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    The original Power Mac G5 clocked in at 1.6 GHz too.
     
  5. Josias thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Okay, so G3 goes from 233 to 333 MHz. G5 goes from Single Core 1.6 GHz to Dual Core 2.7 GHz. Are the G4's something to 1.67 GHz? I am aware that some powermacs had dual G4's, but fugged about 'em!
     
  6. Josias thread starter macrumors 68000

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    G3: 266 to 450 MHz.
    G4: 450 to 1670 MHz.
    G5: 1.6 to 2.7 GHz.:D
     
  7. thegreatluke macrumors 6502a

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    Nope, check my post. It's:

    G3: 266 to 700 MHz.
    G4: 350 MHz to 1.67 GHz.
    G5: 1.6 GHz to dual-processor, dual-core "Quad" 2.5 GHz. (Though there was also the 2.7 GHz PowerMac, but the 2.5 GHz is faster in terms of performance).
     
  8. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    Low End Mac is also a good source of info.

    Just off the top of my head, and excluding third party upgrades:

    Slowest G3: 233MHz (iMac, Power Mac G3/AIO/B&W, PowrBook G3)
    Fastest G3: 900MHz (iBook)

    Slowest G4: 350MHz (PowerMac G4 PCI)
    Fastest G4: 1.67GHz (PowerBook G4)

    Slowest G5: 1.6GHz (iMac G5 - 1.6GHz PowerMac also existed but had a faster FSB)
    Fastest G5: 2.7GHz single core or 2.5GHz dual core (PowerMac G5)
     
  9. Josias thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Ok, I didn't knwo G3 went to 700 MHz, but I forgot that G4 was down to 350 MHz. The 2.7 GHz is better than the 2.5 GHz. The only reason that the Quad 25 GHz is better, is because it's tow dualcore 2.5 GHz, instead of one dual-core 2.7 GHz. Compare the quad to a dual core 5 GHz:D .
     
  10. FF_productions macrumors 68030

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    2 corrections,

    G3's went up to 900 mhz,

    the G4's got all the way up to 2 ghz (this was not sold by apple, you can buy it though)
     
  11. thegreatluke macrumors 6502a

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    If you wanted fastest in terms of clock speed, then yes, the 2.7 GHz Power Mac is better. But in terms of performance, the Quad 2.5 was a lot better.

    And yeah, the fastest of G3s and G4s were iMacs and PowerBooks, considering consumer products were a lot slower to "upgrade" to the next G# processor line.
     
  12. Josias thread starter macrumors 68000

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    If you take one dual-core 2.5 GHz and one dual-core 2.7 GHz, the 2.7 is better in performance and clock speed, but because apple put two 2.5 into the quad, it is better in performance.
     
  13. disconap macrumors 68000

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    They made an ibook G3 that clocked at 800.
     
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    It did, but as Lord Blackadder has said it had a faster fsb. But not that much of a difference in performance (in terms of CPU vs CPU) I should think. :)
     
  16. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    You are correct, the fastest iBook G3 that Apple shipped came with a 900MHz PowerPC G3 processor.
     
  17. plinkoman macrumors 65816

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    as for the fastest G4, that depends.

    fastest clock speed goes to the 1.67 powerbooks, fastest in performance goes to the dual 1.42 powermacs, and, if you want to cheat and count the upgrade cards, i believe their up to dual 1.8 and single 2.0.
     
  18. aquajet macrumors 68020

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    The slowest G3, by a long shot, would be the L2 cacheless "Mainstreet" PowerBook G3 233 mhz.
     
  19. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

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    There are dual 1.8 ghz upgrade cards from Sonnett that are G4, just tossing that out there. And single 2.0 GHZ upgrades
     
  20. Tilmitt macrumors member

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    You can get G4 upgrades for PowerBooks. Currently they don't do the 12" unless you specially request it because it costs more to do the upgrade, but you can get them here.

    PowerPC....don't give up!!
     
  21. Mord macrumors G4

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    g3: 233-1.1GHz (powerlogix b&w g3 upgrade)

    g4 350MHz-2GHz (various upgrades)

    g5 1.4-3GHz (speeds produced by ibm)
     
  22. macgeek2005 macrumors 65816

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    G3: 233mhz - 900mhz

    G4: 350mhz - 1.67Ghz

    G5: 1.6Ghz - 2.7Ghz
     
  23. ahunter3 macrumors 6502

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    My Performa 6116 (long since handed down to my parents) has a NewerTechnology G3 accelerator running at 210 MHz, dating back to the era shortly after the Beige G3 was out but before the original Bondi Blue iMac made its debut.

    If we get to count aftermarket products (and high-end ones have been mentioned in this thread), this should be a bit slower than the 233 MHz models that went into the "MainStreet" Powerbooks.
     

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