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Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by macreator, Aug 31, 2004.
With the debut of the new 2" thick iMac G5, is a PowerBook G5 closer than we think?
If you like 2" thick laptops with a lot of heat to disperse!
Yeah, fitting a G5 + display into a 2" enclosure is big. I would bet that we see G5 PowerBooks between now and MWSF or at MWSF.
I personally was stunned they fit the G5 + a cooling solution into such a small form factor.
The Powerbook G5 is still going to be tough, though, because you need it to be in an even smaller enclosure while not broiling your legs.
I'd guess MWSF or very soon thereafter.
I think that the only PB with an even remote chance of getting a G5 has to be the 17" model. It's the only one with enough interior space to "maybe" fit a G5 with a cooling aparatus. Even then they'd probably have to make it 1/4" thicker at least I would think, wouldn't they?
The 15" and the 12" bodies are just so small that I don't think they could do it without making them 2" thick like posted above
Even then can you imagine a G5 17" PB, haha that would weigh a ton wouldn't it?
Lee Tom's Prediction:
Updated Powerbook G4 at MWSF
Powerbook G5 debuts at WWDC or Paris 2005.
I think that probably the 2 major problems are
1) Cooling System
2) Power- Powerful processor, must take up a lot of power?
Already have one (courtesy of my employer)
Notice the height and weight. I hate this POS!
i ain't no cooling expert, but how about liquid cooling? is this big? a 1u xserve is how thick? i think someone told me the xserve is not that thick and they fitted a g5 in that. i guess adding liquid cooling might even help more.
btw, i hope they announce the pb g5 during mwsf. i need a new pb.
Sweet heavens, that is hideous!
Kingjr3, I take pity on you. (Edit: and by the way I love your sig )
Man! our guys have those things; they are soooo funny. I'm not going near a PC lappie til they resemble something post 1987.
I agree. There aren't going to be any G5 Powerbooks anytime soon - and the G4 may be getting a dual core, which could possibly be better than a single G5 processor in a Powerbook anyways.
Either way, I won't buy one... the 1.5GHz G4 is perfect for my needs.
I am with you.
Heat, battery life requirements (extra fans + G5 speeds), heat, trying to do more than just squeeze the G5 into the same chasis, heat
I agree, the new iMac has little to do with the possibility of a new G5 PB. It is twice as thick, bigger in every dimension, weighs between 18.5 and 25 lbs, I would bet has multiple fans, and most importantly... doesn't have to rely on battery power!
So, if you want a PB that is 2" thick, weighs 15 or 20lbs, is poked with holes for ventilation like the xServe, and only gets 15 minutes of battery life, then I guess they are close!
Incidently, I looked up the dimensions of the xServe. It is:
1.73 inches (4.4 cm) high by 17.6 inches (44.7 cm) wide by 28 inches (71.1 cm) deep
33 pounds (15.1 kg); 37 pounds (16.6 kg) with three Apple Drive Modules
Still way bigger than a PB!
Let's end the speculations here
From a CNet article:
Looks like it may be a while folks.
Although, people were saying the same things when the PowerMac G4 hit the market. "How will they get a G4 in a PowerBook?" Well, they did it. I think getting the G5 in the iMac is important. It shows that they can get the G5 in a small enclosure with minimal fan use and heat sinks.
In that case I think I'll order my 12" PB now, I'm not sure when MWSF is, but unless it is in a couple of weeks, I can't wait any longer
Then hopefully by the time I am ready to upgrade my PB (if need be), the G5 ones will have been available for a little while.