PowerMac G5 2x2Ghz or 2x2.5Ghz???

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by notheremuch, Sep 17, 2005.

  1. notheremuch macrumors member

    Sep 11, 2005
    Since the general feeling seems to be dual core only at the top end of the PM line, between the lastest rev 2x2G and the last rev 2x2.5G, which should I choose?

    There is (where I am) a c.$400 price difference... The only difference on paper that I see, besides the speed and RAM expandability, is the 8x vs 16x+dual Superdrives.

    1. I will not burn dual layers anyway for the long foreseeable future.
    2. My usage is photoshop and hobby level iMovie HD and soon FCE.
    3. 2.5RAM today seems right size and price wise.
    4. I am uncertain about the addition price bringing noticable speed improvement.

    Thanks! (You solved my questions last time with solid advice!) :)
  2. xparaparafreakx macrumors 65816

    Jul 29, 2005
    Wait til expo and it might change your mind.
    If you do not like the new offerings, you can get a discontinued models of the ones you listed at a very good price, $200 - $500 off I think.
  3. Xephian macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2005
    United States
  4. notheremuch thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 11, 2005
    I know the expo is only 2 days away... but I have been putting off my purchase for 3 weeks now, so I am preparing to buy this week. I am assuming that there will not be dual core in the bottom 2 PowerMacs! If I am wrong and there is nothing more than a minimal price increase, the answer for me is clearly a dual core.
  5. FFTT macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    The newest Rev C 2.0 GHz model uses the prosumer motherboard
    which limits you to 4 GB RAM and 33MHz standard PCI expansion slots.

    Many users are wary about the longevity of the water cooled 2.5, as well as the 2.7 Some were also having noise issues and they run pretty hot.

    The best 2 current PowerMac options are the 2.3 NEW or
    trying to catch a refurbished Rev B 2.0.

    If Apple does upgrade the PowerMacs next week, consider the benefits
    of any new features against the benefit of a great price on a 2.3

    This would also trickle down to the refurbs as well, so you ight get a fantastic deal on a Rev B 2.0

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