PowerBook 167 MHz FSB?

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  1. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

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    Hey guys,

    One of the less talked about changes in the last PowerBook revision was the FSB speed increase... I believe it was 133 MHz in Rev. B.

    I want a PowerBook for college, and I've been saving for quite a while. I finally should have enough for a nicely equipped 15". Even with a student discount though, that's easily $2500. Needless to say, I've worked hard and waited long for this computer.

    Like the rest of you I have considered waiting for the mystical PBG5. And the FSB is one of the reasons... comparable PC notebooks have a 400 MHz FSB. Beyond that, I don't know much. Is 167 MHz enough for a G4, or does it create a performance bottleneck? What kind of improvement is 33 MHz in FSB speeds anyway?

    If someone could enlighten me about FSB that would be great. I know a lot about computers but FSB isn't really my specialty. I've always heard that the G4 architecture had problems in this area -- is this still true for the PowerBooks?

    There's no doubt in my mind that the PBG4 will do everything I need it to do. But this comptuer is also going to last a very long time, so maybe I should save my money.
     
  2. invaLPsion macrumors 65816

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    The FSB is the speed at which the processor can "talk" to the system. It is VERY important in speed and performance. But the chip also makes a big difference as well. The G4 has other great features that make up for the lack of a fast FSB, like altivec for instance. The G4 is a good chip and with 1 gig of ram it purrs. A 1.5GHz powerbook runs every single app excluding games like Halo and UT extremely well, not to say that those games don't run fine, they do.

    A 33MHz increase in FSB does provide a noticeable increase in speed.

    As to whether this computer will last for a VERY long time, that depends upon what you want to do with it...
     

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