is there a intel based power mac

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by gadgetmanben, Dec 26, 2006.

  1. gadgetmanben macrumors newbie

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    is there such thing because ive been looking for one because im two cheep to buy the mac pro but i cant find one. i cant use the powerpc g5 processers because i want to run parrlels desktop. thx for ur help
     
  2. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    No. Power Mac means PowerPC. "G5" meant fifth generation... as in the fifth generation of PowerPC.

    First Generation:
    PowerPC 601

    Second Generation: ("clean" and "refined" PowerPCs)
    PowerPC 603
    PowerPC 604

    Third Generation: (incredible cache and internal redesign)
    PowerPC 750 (G3)

    Fourth Generation: (AltiVec + faster FPU stuff)
    PowerPC 7400 (G4)
    PowerPC 7500 (G4)

    Fifth Generation: (64bit, enormous jump in FSB speeds)
    PowerPC 970 (G5)

    The Mac Pro isn't a "G" anything, because it is the first of it's kind.
     
  3. rdowns Suspended

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    The PowerMacs (with G5s) were reborn as Mac Pros with Intel chips.
     
  4. SpaceMagic macrumors 68000

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    By definition, the PowerMacs use PowerPCs, so, in answer to your question, no, there are no Intel PowerMacs.
     
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  6. gadgetmanben thread starter macrumors newbie

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    k thx i guess i will just have to cough up the dough for a mac pro
     
  7. psychofreak Retired

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    Not certain, but I think this is wrong, came up when people thought it (MBP) could still be called the PowerBook.
     
  8. psychofreak Retired

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    Refurb after MW07 my friend...refurb
     
  9. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    It is true in the case of the Power Macs, because the "Power Mac" name specifically was created for the first PowerPC processors, even though "PowerBook" was around much longer. Apple's marketing of Power = PowerPC was so great throughout the 90s that it basically mandated the new meaning of the term "Power."

    Incidentally, PowerBook is one word, whereas Power Macintosh is two.
     
  10. Maxwell Smart macrumors 6502a

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    Or you could buy an iMac or apple laptop for significantly less and still run Parallels Desktop well.
     
  11. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    Or even a Mac mini. Significantly less-er.
     
  12. gadgetmanben thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yea i could but i want a powerful comp so it was ether the power mac or the mac pro for me. because with the imac it doesent have the option of multiple or more powerful video cards and the mac mini has no choice of video card.
     
  13. MaaseyRacer macrumors regular

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    Ugh, don't get a refurb. I have had horrible luck with refurbs. Don't boot, dead power supplies, and no return policy. Only a repair policy. Take it from someone who has bought 6 macs in the last year and a half. Buy them new.
     
  14. Spock macrumors 68000

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    I have gotten a few refurbs from Apple all working like new, but the problems you listed are why they cannot be sold as new they might have further problems or at least that is what I have always been told. You had a bad experience with a refurb but that does not mean every person will. And not everybody can afford to buy 6 new Macs every year and a half.
     
  15. BigPrince macrumors 68020

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    We bought 150+ refurbs. 95%+ came in fine. I had to send 3 back DOA and there is currently 5 out of service. From what I remember they 2 had a bad harddrive and the one got a distortred screen.

    I say overall its not a bad deal in my exp.
     
  16. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    150, and 8 were bad? I say you got dang lucky, you barely have that chance buying 150 NEW ones.
     
  17. BigPrince macrumors 68020

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    I work for a school district and we got a good deal. We were/are not ready for the Intel transition and we also predicted that the wave would be alot rougher then it turned out.

    The summer prior we leased over 1200 eMacs. I only remember 1 or 2 max that came DOA.
     
  18. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    HOLY :eek:

    Maybe everybody can ask you to buy Macs for them, since you're so lucky. :D
     
  19. shellbryson macrumors 6502

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    Well, we bought around 200 G5 towers. About 80% were DOA! We were returning the damn things as fast as they came in. They were getting plugged in, PSU goes pop, and we send it back. Hundreds of Macs. We had replacements for replacents for replacement that went pop in the space of a month. Not a very good summer! Just a really bad run of PSUs from Apple's supplier. In the end we sent them all back and are in the process of replacing them with PCs. Thankfully, the Intel Macs are far more reliable *touch wood*, but sadly, to late for us. It's a real shame as I'd very much like to have a Mac on my desktop! I can only imagine how much that mess cost Apple...
     
  20. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    im not sure...my advice might be the mac pro might be overkill...it sounds like you are new to the mac experience....the iMac will probably work out...but refurb towers are probably some of the worst things to buy...my advice on apple refurbs...the cheaper the investment the better they turn out...the risk is really great...
     

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