Powerbook G5 Power consumption

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by praetorian_x, Jun 27, 2003.

  1. macrumors member

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    All,

    OK, so everyone here wants the G5 15 inch powerbook. Some (like myself) were expecting it to be the "Oh, one more thing" at WWDC. And it didn't come. Now everyone is saying "Of *course* it wouldn't be out" and "Macwhispers suxors", but I do think we need to establish why it *couldn't* have been released.

    The offered reason is heat dissapation. But that is, in my mind, not a valid reason. Consider the following quote ( from : http://maccentral.macworld.com/news/2002/10/16/ibm/)

    So, the answer has to be something other than heat dissapation. Form factor might be it (I don't know the relative sizes), but I doubt it. It may also be that apples laptop motherboard design has lagged (this seems likely with powermacs not shipping till september.) But the reason, I think, has to do with apple, rather than power consuption.

    As such, I still think that g5 powerbooks either *are* or *should be* close to launch. If apple doesn't do so, I think the blame is on them, not on the power characteristics of the g5.

    /end insane rant

    Cheers,
    prat
     
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    shadowfax

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    Re: Powerbook G5 Power consumption

    i have heard way too many reports about power consumption to rest your case on that. but i will believe you on that statistic for now.

    i suspect that the problem may lie in that either the chip is too big (UNLIKELY okay) or that, well, apple spent 3 years on the powermac G5, it may well take them a little while to cram it into a powerbook.

    also, apple contends that they will continue buying G4 chips from Motorola for quite some time... so... i wouldn't hold my breath ;)
     
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    maradong

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    something like 67 W of heatproduction. i think it is to much for notebooks... :(

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    on 29 june
    because that is what i ve read on some other sites...
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    szark

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    I believe it was mentioned somewhere recently that the actual power consumption is somewhat higher than IBM's original estimates (the ones the MacCentral article quotes).

    I think it is a combination of several factors, not the least of which is having enough CPUs to go around between all of the new models.
     
  5. macrumors member

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    People, the 970 is not going to be available in mass amounts until Q3 this year. That has been established for about a year now. Q3 is when the PowerMac G5 is shipping. This is no coincidence.

    Apple's PowerMac sales were already lagging, so it is no harm announcing ahead of time, "Hey, something better is coming in two months!"

    However, announcing PowerBook G5s at WWDC would have resulted in another two to three month wait on the new systems due to the lack of 970 chips until Q3, and the current systems are already selling well. Why suspend sales on them for two to three months when they can bring plenty of money in NOW?

    Apple chose not to announce a PowerBook G5 at WWDC because it would not have been smart financially. I'm sure they have designs for the motherboard done already... it's just a matter of waiting until the 970 is in mass production and easy to acquire for both PowerMacs and PowerBooks.
     
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    cb911

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    i agree that Apple is just letting the G5 PowerMac pre-orders pile up now... then they'll release the PowerBooks. if Apple for some reason wanted, i bet they could have had the G5 PowerBook out by now. the delay has to be with Apple... but i'm betting that the new PowerBooks will have a G4 still...:( :rolleyes:
     
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    Sun Baked

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    Yes too much for laptops, and just about right for CookBooks.

    The 7457s should be fine...

    Everybody is comparing a future chip to a current chip (7455 Rev 3.3) instead of looking at the 7457 which really is a decent laptop chip at 1GHz and 1.25/1.3GHz.
     
  8. macrumors 6502

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    Bus Speed, etc

    If Apple released a 1ghz 970 G5 PowerBook, wouldn't the FSB be @ 500mhz? The 970's bus speed is 1/2 proc speed, right? That would obviously require a completely new mobo design, as the 17" only sports 167mhz bus.

    Designing the new PowerBook mobo, one that would scale nicely with the chip as dies shrink and speeds improve, is going to take some time. She'll sure be a screamer when she's done, but it won't be anytime soon. Boy, do I hope I am wrong here...

    Remember how much everyone hated having only one high-end processor maker (motorola) and therefore being at the mercy of THEIR R&D department? We need Motorola to keep IBM on its toes.
     
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    crazzyeddie

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    Re: Bus Speed, etc

    And also, we need IBM to keep Moto pumping out some faster chips. Competition is the best thing ever, just like Intel/AMD. I'm convinced the only reason that AMD exsists is because of direct competition with Intel, most largely in price.

    If we can get Moto and IBM to "fight" over Apple, then GREAT things will come.
     
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    macphoria

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    Apple wants to bring Power Mac sales back up.

    To do that, Power Mac line needs to get huge performance boost over PowerBooks because up until recently, G4 Power Mac and G4 PowerBooks were very close in terms of performance. But now that Powe Macs are getting G5, it will get sales boost and also headstart over PowerBook.

    So by the time Power Mac gets 3 Ghz G5 (as Steve promised) then they can release PowerBook with 2 Ghz G5 or something like that, as to distinguish the performance ladder of Apple computers. Having said that, I don't see G5 PowerBook coming out until next summer.
     
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    Fender2112

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    I suspect that the Mac Creative Pro Expo (or whatever it's called) will reveal the 15" PowerBook, hopefully with a G5. I also expect to see a new monitor design at this expo.

    I think it's important to look at which market the WWDC and the Expo cater to. WWDC is for developers. Therefore, Apple announces the new PowerMac. This is the new power house you will be developing around. The Expo is targeted at the publishing and creative markets. This would be the logical venue to announce the next line up of PowerBooks and Apple Displays.

    If the G5 is as dramatically faster than the G4 as Apple makes it out to be, Apple can't afford not to release G5 PowerBooks. If they don't the PowerMac and PowerBook will reverse rolls in terms of sales. The PowerMac increases, which is good. The PowerBook becomes stagnate because folks believe the G5 is just around the corner. The PowerBook will suffer the same way the PowerMacs have the past few years.

    If the PowerBook G5 isn't ready, that's one thing. Apple can't sell what they don't have. In this case Apple needs to tell us up front. If they are ready, I think the Creative Expo is where they will show up.
     
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    ZildjianKX

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    I think that's super ****ty if that's what Apple's doing. Giving the consumer a slower product in the pro line powerbook to sell the towers. This is the reason why Apple's speeds have been lagging if they're doing marketing ploys like this.
     
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    Greg Joswiak, Apple's vice president of Hardware Product Marketing says:

    "Our partnership with Motorola is not going away, G4s are in every other part of our product line. As you can see, [the G5] is not going in a PowerBook anytime soon. Motorola remains very important to us, but IBM is the one that can take us to the next level."
     
  14. macrumors regular

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    hey! i have a great idea. don't wait to buy a g5 powerbook. tell your friends to get their hands on as many g4 ones as they can. that way, apple won't have to waste time getting rid of old stock before announcing new powerbooks! of course, they could do what they did with the powermacs and go ahead and announce them and discount the crap out of the older models.
     
  15. macrumors member

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    I asked a couple of Apple folks about the PowerBook.

    In both cases the conversation went something like this:
    Having seen the lengths the PowerMac engineers went to do dissipate heat (4 independently cooled zones... so the heat from the CPUs won't damage other system components... oh my!), I have to say I've gone from being a Imminent G5 PowerBook believer to thinking we're not going to see a G5 PowerBook until IBM gets the process down to 90nm later in the year (with the corresponding drop in voltage that will allow, thus power, thus heat)

    Puts me in a bit of a bind. I really like the current 17" too (though its a bit big)... but I know if I buy one, then Apple will announce the G5 PowerBooks a month later :rolleyes:
     
  16. macrumors G5

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    When you're drunk anything is possible ...

    The rumormonger's that think a PPC 970 is cooler running than a PPC 7457 are probably the same ones that dreamed up this rather large horsepower upgrade.
     

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    cb911

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    LOL!! :D funny pic. he he :) now that's some horsepower. :p :D


    are there any sites like 'wrecked PowerBooks' or something like that. i've never seen a photo of a smashed PowerBook or iBook.
     
  18. thread starter macrumors member

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    Re: When you're drunk anything is possible ...

    Take a look at the article at the *start* of the thread hoss. 1.2 Ghz 970's running a 18 watts vs 1 Ghz G4s running at 21 watts. LESS POWER.

    Now, those numbers may have been incorrect, as suggested above. If so, please show me an article saying so.

    It is clear that a g5 running at 1.8 or 2.0 ghz would fry a notebook unless it was speed-stepped or some other such nastiness. But at 1.2 ghz, *from all public evidence seen so far*, it would be a better portable chip in terms of *battery life* and *heat dissapation* (not just performance) than the current g4s.

    If I'm wrong, please point me to the site showing g4s clocked at 1 ghz putting out less than 18 watts, or a site showing the 970s are coming in at higher wattage than originally specified. I'd gladly admit error and move on. Until then, I maintain that the chorus of "A g5 portable would fry your legs!" comments are a bull***t meme.

    Cheers,
    prat

    P.S. It also strikes me that Joswiak quote is suspicous. #1: he's a director of marketing. Therefore statements are driven by marketing rather than technology. #2: the quote *never* mentions the g5 directly. That is an insertion into the quote from Maccentral, hence the brackets. He may have been referring to the 1.6-2.0 ghz chips. And what is that "As you can see..." referring to? Did he have a diagram showing power consumption? What evidence did he offer?

    P.P.S. Yeah, I'm this neurotic.
     
  19. macrumors G5

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    Re: When you're drunk anything is possible ...

    ... except complex math (those darn less than/greater than equations). :(
    Go to Motorola thread, look for the 7457 product page and download the part number .pdf

    Everybody neglects that the 7457 is the next chip in G4 progression, look at it.

    You might see this...
     

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    macphoria

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    Doesn't new G5 Power Mac have 9 fans? Maybe that's what they'll do with new G5 PowerBook. Make it all fans and it will hover over your desk. It will be like a hovercraft.
     
  21. thread starter macrumors member

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    Re: Re: When you're drunk anything is possible ...

    Seen it. Would be a bit more compelling if the 7457s were IN POWERBOOKS NOW. But they aren't. Instead we have 7455s in the *current machines*, pumping out 20+ watts.

    Math might be hard when your drunk, but getting basic facts straight shouldn't be. Let me recap, real slow like:

    The 970's were announced to run a 18 watts at 1.3 ghz. This is *less* than the *current* 1 ghz g4 chips already in powerbooks. Therefore, heat dissapation is not the reason why the g5 isn't in a powerbook, or the heat dissapation numbers originally given were incorrect.

    Follow? Perhaps if I used hand puppets?

    Cheers, (kinda)
    prat
     
  22. macrumors G5

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    Re: Re: Re: When you're drunk anything is possible ...

    Remember PowerBook 970 heaven is this site...

    http://www.envestco2.com/macwhispers/

    Jack agrees with you, plus he might enjoy a sock puppet show.

    While I might enjoy testing the socks puppets resistance to lighter fluid and flames, if it's not a muppet it should be burned. ;)
     
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    Flynnstone

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    I think Apple still has plenty up their sleeve.

    I have a Power Mac DP 867 MHz and it pumps plenty of heat out the back. I test drove a G5 at WWDC. There wasn't much heat coming out the back. It was quiet. Oh and it was quite snappy.

    The G5 has monster heatsinks on the processors. And yet is quiet and cool.
    An EE Times article stated 97 watts per processors. I think they are wrong.
    So why does the Power Mac G5 have so big of heatsinks?
    I think there are two reasons : 1) quieter 2) there are faster processors in the wings and the platform is ready to handle them.

    I thought Apple would come out with a Dual 1.8 GHz has their top machine. They came out at 2 GHz. I think the dual 1.8 GHz machine wasn't enough to give Apple bragging rights over the PCs and dual 2.0 GHz did it.
    We heard rumor of 2.5 GHz 970s, I think the present G5 platform can handle them.
     
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    Flynnstone

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    The Motorola 7457 should be in Power Books now!
    Does Apple need a new design of mother boards for the 7457? No, my understanding is that it is a simple change.
    The specs state the 7457 would allow for more battery life.
    So why isn't the 7457 in Apple's product lines ?
    The answer is simple ... Motorola is having a hard time delivering !
     
  25. thread starter macrumors member

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    Re: Re: Re: Re: When you're drunk anything is possible ...

    Please, please, please: facts. Show me where I'm wrong, offer an alternative explaination, something! In another thread someone posted that the macbid article on the g5 said that the problem was chipset related. That I can buy.

    Ad hominem attacks are part and parcel with message boards (see my posts), but do try to mix some actual fact into the postings.

    cheers,
    prat
     

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