Old G5 2.5 or Dual G5 2.3

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  1. nihilisticmonk macrumors 6502

    nihilisticmonk

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    Guys,

    I'm based in the UK, so will give UK prices,

    I can get a Boxed old G5 Dual 2.5 powermac for £1700.82
    A New 2.7 would cost me £1999
    The new 2.3 is £1699.

    is the old 2.5 a good deal or will I miss out on anything?
    Obviously, it's still a blindingly fast machine, but I want a bargain, not to pay over the odds for an older machine.

    I'm not bothered about dual layer burning and the graphics can be updated at a later date.

    What do you say, 2.3 or the 2.5? or even hold off purchasing for now...
    HELP!
     
  2. NCTRNL macrumors regular

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    Actually, from the reviews that I have read, the dual 2.3 is actually right around the same as the 2.5's because of the faster hard drive...that's what I read on Macworld's reviews...

    http://www.macworld.com/2005/05/news/powermacbenchmarks/index.php
     
  3. amac4me macrumors 65816

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    I love my 2.5 system ... it's amazingly fast. I too read the review that the 2.3 is faster ... mainly because of the hard drive.
     
  4. nihilisticmonk thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That's a great link, Thanks!
    None of the UK sites have reviews of the new range up yet.

    Looking that the difference is just minimal, like 0.59 compaired to 1.06 on photoshop with the 2.3 compaired to the 2GHZ, perhaps I'm best saving a bundle of cash and going for a dual 2Ghz...

    Hmmmm, I must admit, I'm so confused about biding my time, hoping for better specs fighting against my urge to get a powermac now.... :confused:
     
  5. DakotaGuy macrumors 68040

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    You might be better off with the 2.3Ghz in the long run because it is air cooled. The 2.5 is going to be a little more complicated with the liquid cooling. I am not aware that the liquids have any real maintenance problems, but down the road a person never knows.
     
  6. SpaceMagic macrumors 68000

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    I'd most definitely get the 2.5Ghz.. and buy a faster hard disk later! Defo
     
  7. Church macrumors regular

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    What makes the HDD faster in the 2.7 and 2.3 than the 2.5?
     
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  9. topgunn macrumors 65816

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    They only have 8MB buffers. The speed increase should be minimal. See storagereview.com. It shouldn't account for the 200MHz speed difference between the machines especially in tests that aren't dependent on the hard drive.
     
  10. Rincewind42 macrumors 6502a

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    Note however that in these tests the machines were configured with "only" 512MB of RAM. Given the tests they were doing, that means that your going to likely be hitting virtual memory (i.e. the HDD) often. Therefore, HDD performance ends up mattering more than it might otherwise in all tests. If they re-ran these tests with each machine configured for 2GB of RAM instead, you might see more of a difference between the 2.3 and the 2.5.
     
  11. topgunn macrumors 65816

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    Anyone find it odd that the New 2.0GHz bested every other PM tested, other than the 2.7GHz, in the iMovie render by at least 17%?
     
  12. wilmor42 macrumors regular

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    topgunn- where d'you see that? is it on the apple site?
     
  13. topgunn macrumors 65816

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  14. lazyboy922 macrumors 6502

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    So if you just upgrade the HD in the 2.5, will it be faster than the 2.3?
     

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