Opinions on PowerMac dual core G5

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by leekohler, Mar 19, 2006.

  1. leekohler macrumors G5

    leekohler

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    I just ordered a 2 Ghz dual core PM G5 that's due here Friday at the latest and I was wondering what other people here who own them think. I'm very excited to get it as my freelance work is growing substantially. The old 1 Ghz G4 was getting a bit long in the tooth for CS 2 and such.
     
  2. 1dterbeest macrumors regular

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    I worked as a lab monitor in a college lab
    full of dual 2.0 G5 towers and dual
    21" CRT monitors for each station. We
    had a lot of problems with hard drives,
    strange permissions, and computers
    burning out really fast. Most people don't
    have these problems, but you have to
    consider the use of the machines.

    These were on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,
    with sleep mode being fairly rare. (video editors
    know to turn sleep modes off!) These are also
    networked into a larger network with logins
    running through the school server, which gave
    us the permissions problems.

    It is a solid workstation, but not as fast as I
    had hoped it would be for video editing. It
    still did good, and if you take care of yours,
    letting it sleep sometimes and turning it off
    here and there, it will be a solid workstation
    for your needs.
     
  3. leekohler thread starter macrumors G5

    leekohler

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    I will be putting 2 Gb of RAM in it right way too. It's got to better than my G4. :)
     
  4. leekohler thread starter macrumors G5

    leekohler

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  5. TheMonarch macrumors 65816

    TheMonarch

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    Would opinions on dual CPU [2GHz] G5s be useful?
     
  6. jtt macrumors regular

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    Don't worry about sleeping. my PM G5 has been on for eight months straight and the same with all of my other old Macs. No problems.

    Just Sayin'
     
  7. Eevee macrumors 6502a

    Eevee

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    Got mine last December (see spec below). Great machine and have no problems with it. Use it many for research, photoshop, chemdraw, illustrator, games, and once in a while making homemade DVDs.

    Since You'll be doing a lot of work on it, did you upgrade the HD? Video card?
     
  8. Jon'sLightBulbs macrumors 6502a

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    Airport card not compatible with dual core g5.

    So if you want wireless, you'll either need to get the wireless + BT option built to order, or through third party hardware.
     
  9. leekohler thread starter macrumors G5

    leekohler

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    Really? why is that?
     
  10. leekohler thread starter macrumors G5

    leekohler

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    The video card and HD are good enough as is.
     
  11. beatzfreak macrumors 6502

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    I just got the G5 Dual Core, too.

    I love it!!! It's sooo quiet which is great cause I do music.

    Also, Photoshop CS works like a dream.

    My Dell 2005FP is to be delivered today to complete the package.

    Enjoy.
     
  12. leekohler thread starter macrumors G5

    leekohler

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    Awesome! Thanks for posting. Good to hear Photoshop is better. That was my main motive for buying the G5.
     
  13. GyroFX macrumors 6502

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    Dual Core G5s are great...imo. Video compression still takes a while, but a lot less than my G4 Dual 1Ghz. Adobe CS works great too...no complaints thus far. After you get everything started on your computer, things should be pretty smooth...i got bored the other day and stuck in Max Pain and played it for a while. I put everything on highest and at 1920 x 1200...and it's smooth as silk. Although the graphics aren't as good but it was still fun to play. I like my G5 lots...and yeah, i stuck in 2 gig of ram before i i turned my computer on the first time
     
  14. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

    Lord Blackadder

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    I'm using one right now at work - a dual core 2Ghz with a 128MB GeForce 6600LE and 1GB RAM. It's the lowest powered new Mac out of the dozen or so we bought recently. Compared to my home computer (in sig) basic apps run at the same speed. Disk performance is also pretty much the same. The only stress tests I've done so far is some video encoding and playing a little Doom 3 when nobody was looking. My G4 at home is strained to play Doom 3 at 800x600 (even with a GeForce 6800GT), whereas the G5 plows along happily at 16080x1050 (both machines use a 20" widescreen but only the G5 can play at the LCD's native res). The encoding is much faster than my G4 as well.

    I'd definitely be happy to own one of these if I could afford it.
     
  15. leekohler thread starter macrumors G5

    leekohler

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    Thanks for all the replies guys. I think I'm gonna love this thing. :)

    Oh, and Lord Blackadder- I did have to break the bank for this. I'll be broke for a good long time. :)
     
  16. Malfoy macrumors 6502a

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    Dual cores rock. Extremely quet (I'm assuming the dual cores are cooled the same as the quads) and well fast. I've only had minor issues like voice talking during log on(why it came on, I don't know, but it was a simple fix). As for CS2, well I don't close, I minimize. :)
     
  17. zerolight macrumors 6502

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    Check out the Apple Refurb site. You can get a Dual 2.7 Ghz Power Mac for less than a new Dual Core 2.0, and it's a lot faster. I'm lovin' mine. :)
     
  18. beatzfreak macrumors 6502

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    Really?

    I checked before buying my 2.0 and saw nothing that cheap.
    My brand new G5 2.0 was $1850, no tax, free shipping and I got iLife 06 for free.

    Apple charges me 8.65% sales tax, so the 2.0 refurb would have been the same price.
     
  19. asencif macrumors 6502

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    Where did you get such a deal and is it only for the 2.0? Any other models?
     
  20. beatzfreak macrumors 6502

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    macconnection $1994
    $100 rebate
    $50 coupon
     
  21. leekohler thread starter macrumors G5

    leekohler

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    OK- I got it today and set it up! It's awesome- I won't mind being poor for a few months. :)
     

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