Powermac Dual 2.7 vs. Dual Core 2.3

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Gibson424, Jan 27, 2006.

  1. Gibson424 macrumors member

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    I have access to a previous generation dual 2.7 Powermac but since it's not actually mine, I was considering buying a dual core 2.3. I do a lot of video editing using the Final Cut Studio. Will I notice much of a difference in performance? I'm assuming the dual core chip will run a little faster than two independent chips, but on paper, 2.3 doesn't look as good as 2.7. And how would the quad compare? Any advice?
     
  2. Grimace macrumors 68040

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    Lots of variables here. The 2.7 may edge out the 2.3 slightly with rendering, but the RAM in the 2.3 is faster so it could be about equal. I had a DP2.5 and it was LOUD, the 2.7 is no different. I now have a DP2.3 and I honestly can't hear it.

    Also assess whether the faster SuperDrive (16x) and PCI-Express slots are things you want (both are in the 2.3 but not the 2.7). If you have older PCI expansion cards, don't get the 2.3.
     
  3. cb911 macrumors 601

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    you should check out some benchmarks.

    the Dual 2.7 beats the DC 2.3 in performance.

    I do lots of PhotoShop work, video, FX, etc & i'm looking for a PM G5 at the moment, i've checked the specs or all models and i'm sold on a Dual 2.7 (providing i can find one...).
     
  4. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    quad > 2.7 > 2.3

    A substantial difference!

    oh, CB911 - the apple store has refurb dual 2.7's for $2150. A great deal, I think! Especially compared to a reburb dual 2.5 ($2050) or 2.3 ($2000). Or a quad for $3300 for that matter.

    $2150 is a really great price for a dual 2.7... i don't know if you'll do better than that!
     
  5. cb911 macrumors 601

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    thanks QCassidy352. i'd already checked the U.S. store, very very good prices! except that i'm in Australia... that means if i got it shipped over i'd need to return it to the U.S. to get any warranty repairs. :( i don't think it's worth it if i can't have warranty on it. or could i purchase AppleCare for it once it's in Australia... and have that be valid in Aus?
     

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