Power Mac G4 Cube?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Apple1000, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2011
    Hi all, just wondering if any of you know what the aforementioned Mac is like as i'm thinking of getting one with an apple studio display. Is it worth it?:apple::confused::):cool::eek:
  2. macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    The G4 cube is over 10 years old. I can think of very few situations outside of a museum that would make owning a G4 cube "worth it."
  3. macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    They're fun little Macs, provided they are well upgraded. But as miles said, they don't have much life left in them. Being a PPC Mac, most modern apps won't work on it anymore. Even though it has it's limitations, I love my Cube and use it as a media centre.
  4. macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2009
    Its worth it if you plan to use it. They generally sell between $150 and $250 so if you get it for less, you are doing very well.
  5. mabaker, Jul 30, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2011

    macrumors 65816


    Jan 19, 2008
    They are reliable computers with great design. Unfortunately you will not be able to browse the web with them properly as the heavy flash-laden sites will not work with it . They are still ideal email/word processing computers so by no means they are "museum material”.

    If you want one, be sure it's usable for the things you intend it to do.
  6. macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2010
    The Philippines...
    It depends on how much you appreciate things in monetary value. Some will say it is not worth it, it all depends on you on how you appreciate it. In terms of its monetary cost? or to your satisfaction?
  7. MacHamster68, Jul 30, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2011

    macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    Is a G4 cube worth it ..what a question , of course it is ,
    from a collectors point of view it is even a must have, Apple did only sell 150000 of them worldwide

    and if you want to really use the cube every day ,make the Cube more modern fit it some extra wings a processor upgrade !
    single or dual processor upgrades are available or had been available 1.0 ,1.3 , 1.5 ghz and even 1.6 ghz and a ati 9000 with 128mb was available too and a nvidia card with 64mb ..then Tiger will fly and it will easy keep up with the other powerMac G4's and even outperform the G4 mini's and iBooks , and surfing is a breeze , and you dont have to be scared about youtube crashing ..ok 320p will be absolute max..but thats pretty good for a 10 year old computer with some upgrades
  8. macrumors 68000


    Jul 25, 2008
    Wichita KS
    My G4 Cube is probably one of only a few Macs I will never sell. I use it when I can, but in 2011 there isn't a lot it can do unless you plan on being patient. Here are the specs for mine:

    Single 500MHz G4
    1.5GB RAM
    120GB 7200rpm drive
    Radeon 7500 w 32MB
    USB speakers
    20" Cinema Display
    Leopard installed

    Its very slow. I Will still get online with it, but I typically use it for CS2 and for playing music. The thing is absolutely beautiful, and a real conversation starter for people who aren't familiar with it. If you can nab one for less than $100 you've done well. Just remember, these were built for Mac OS 9, so barring some heavy upgrading its not going to be a performer. You can spend as much as you'd like and get a really fast one though. Up to 256MB of VRAM and dual 1.8GHz processors.
  9. macrumors 603

    Apr 15, 2004
    I have one on my desk next to my Mac Pro that is slightly upgraded (I've been bringing it up to a "stock" but high end configuration.)

    They're totally unsuitable for normal use, but it looks pretty, and can play my old classic games. More difficult to keep in good shape though. A lot of potential issues with them.
  10. thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2011
    Sounds interesting. I would probably use it minimally for word processing etc. and perhaps the occasional internet surf. Oh and as a piece of art. I've got a new iMac here anyway!
  11. macrumors 65816


    Jan 19, 2008
    Then I'd say go for it and enjoy and amazing Mac! :)

    Be sure to install Flash 8 (still works with Youtube) to have the most optimized Flash performance on the PPC platform.
  12. macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2005
    I never found the Cube very practical. It being small does nothing to help anything and it actually exposes all the hardware inside to more heat than is needed.

    It's really more of an aesthetically driven design and doesn't have anything practical about it unless you live in a closet. A G4 tower will be cheaper and faster along with having better longevity.
  13. macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2010
    The Philippines...
    I want one too, if I will the space. It is a "piece of art" and a collectors's item.
  14. macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2011
    Virgin Cube

    Power Mac G4 Cube

    G4 Cube as it came -O/S 9 Virgin


    comes with all origional Black keyboard and mouse, Airport Card, Disks, Paperwork and manuals.

    Spherical Harman Karden Speakers
    very rare Bubble iSubwoofer

    Origional Fish-Tank C.R.T. monitor with fantastic depth and color
    (also have 15" CinemaDisplay)

    SERIAL NO. SG109057 K59


    let me start by saying one undeniable thing about the 22-inch Apple Cinema Display digital active matrix LCD: you want this monitor. Even if you don't yet know that you want this monitor, trust me, you do. Don't try to deny it. Its screen area is 22-inches on the diagonal and its thickness varies from 1.25 inches on the edges to about 2 inches in the center. It's completely digital. It has a single cord coming from the back of it: an ADC cable. There's not even a power cord. If you were to take this monitor back with you a decade or so into the past, it, perhaps more than anything else that exists in the world of computer hardware today, would look impossibly futuristic and magical. It's as elemental as computer display devices get these days: a flat, thin panel with single cable poking out of the back. And I suspect that if Apple could have made it wireless, it would have.

    Obviously the system I tested is well beyond both the means and the common sense of most consumers. The $4K screen and the 1.5GB RAM certainly put it over the top. But even with a sane amount of RAM (say, 128MB), the "cheaper" 15-inch Cinema Display, and the $300 rebate Apple is now offering for Cubes purchased with an Apple display, the price is about $2,700. And remember that's $2,700 for a 450MHz G4, passable RAM and HD space, and a 1024x768 screen. This is an expensive system any way you slice it.

    Mat****a DVD-ROM (on the same ATA bus as the HD)
    ATI Rage 128 Pro with 16MB VRAM on an AGP 2x bus
    2 USB ports, each on an independent 12Mbps bus;
    2 IEEE-1394 (FireWire) ports sharing a single 400Mbps bus
    1 10/100Base-T Ethernet Port;
    1 internal 56K V.90/K56flex modem;
    1 Apple Display Connector (ADC) port;
    1 VGA port; 28V DC power input

    Price $1,799.00 plus
    $4,350 for the RAM,

    minus $300 when purchased with an Apple display.


    Screen 22-inch diagonal
    digital active-matrix liquid crystal display
    1600x1024 native resolution
    Ports 1 Apple Display Connector (ADC) port;
    2 USB hub ports

    Price $3,999
  15. macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2010
    I still use mine occasionally for word processing. It has one quality that I particularly value, and that no one has mentioned here: its absolute silence. I put an SSD in mine, so there isn't even the sound of a hard drive. When you sit in front of a Cube, you realize both how noisy other computers are and how good silence is for concentration. :)
  16. macrumors regular

    Jul 6, 2010
    I've got three Cubes. They're cool.

    A stock Cube running 10.4.11 will do OK for many tasks. Yeah, it's going to be slow with demanding web pages, but contrary to what some have said here, it will display most everything. I have not seen issues as long as you are running 10.4.11 and with Safari updated, or use something else. I was using TenfourFox, but found it a bit sluggish. I just switched to Camino and find it faster - not bad at all. I mean, keep in mind you are not running a Macbook Air with an SSD!

    If you want to find out more about the 'Cube universe' in general, check out the info at www.cubeowner.com. Lots of great info there. The cube can be upgraded. I've got an SSD in the one I use regularly (using it right now to type this). Processor upgrades are also out there, but you'd likely be looking at used, since the manufactures (PowerLogix, Sonnet) are no longer making them.

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