ibook g4 1ghz how much faster than g3 800

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  1. Squareball macrumors regular

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    I have a dillema.

    My apple 1yr warranty is going to run out in a few months on my g3 800mhz iBook. It was bought in Sept. 2003. It has 640mb ram.
    Now I could purchase applecare but for just a little more I could just sell my current ibook and get a new g4 1ghz ibook. So in all I would maybe only take a $400 hit as opposed to like $250 for the extended warranty. I would love to upgrade too as this g3 is a little lack lustre at times when doing things in Photoshop (which is a big part of my job).

    So how much faster is the new g4 ibook 1ghz with 768mb of ram compared to the g3 I have. I looked all around for benchmarks but didn't really come up with anything useful comparing the two.
     
  2. yoda13 macrumors 65816

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    If the application is optimized to take advantage of alivec then it will be quite a bit faster on the new machine. The extra ram won't hurt either. However, on apps not optimized for altivec, I would imagine that it would be only slightly faster, due to simply the increase in clock speed of the processor. I beleive photoshop is optimized, but I hope someone else will back me up on this.
     
  3. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    photoshop is largely optimized for altivec, so a G4 makes a very big difference over a G3 there. The ibook G4s also have high clockspeeds, faster RAM, faster system bus (133 to 100) and better graphics cards. All of that adds up to a computer that will be noticeably faster on most tasks, and *way* faster on altivec-aware tasks like Photoshop. If the price difference between applecare and replacing your ibook with a new G4 is really going to work out to be only $150, I'd say definitely get the new ibook.
     
  4. Squareball thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks guys.
    I went ahead and ordered it.

    Applecare would be like what $250 and after all is said and done for this new ibook I will spend like $400... not bad.. I look forward to the faster computer! Right now runing illustrator is painful!
     
  5. FuzzyBallz macrumors 6502a

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    The biggest improvement you'll see has to be the startup time. G3 is sooo damn slow.
     
  6. Squareball thread starter macrumors regular

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    Good god yes! When I get to my login screen, I login and then sit there staring at a blank desktop for THREE minutes :eek: (no lie! I timed it) before my dock shows up and things are ready to use!
     
  7. Megaquad macrumors 6502a

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    There's something wrong with your HD I guess because on my 350 mhz imac that same task takes around 10-15 secs.
    Maybe your HD is too crowded or there's too much stuff in home folder...
     
  8. yoda13 macrumors 65816

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    I agree that the G3 is slow at this function, but I always get the task done in less than 30 seconds. I too wonder if something isn't wrong. This upgrade may be well timed :D
     
  9. Mav451 macrumors 68000

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    My NEW G3 800 iBook takes about 1.5 minutes to boot up...and I've barely used it at all...

    Even my P1 233 with 96MB RAM booted into '95 in only a minute. Talk about taking a step back :(
     
  10. dbauer macrumors member

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    Ouch!

    I can't believe that guy just compared Win 95 to OS X...

    wow....
     
  11. dragula53 macrumors regular

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    g3 vs g4

    G4 is miles ahead, fo sure!

    by a lot
     
  12. Megaquad macrumors 6502a

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    I meant to say that it takes for my iMac 10 secs from that user-account choosing, login screen to desktop, sorry I must have misunderstood it.
    Boot up takes around 100 secs, somewhat faster since I got new Maxtor HD.

    As for iBook, this revision is really nice, except for one thing, there's only 32 MB of VRAM :(
    From what I understand 64 MB would make a lot difference... why couldn't they just put 32 MB more? bah..
     

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