powerPC or intel?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by otis123, May 24, 2006.

  1. otis123 macrumors 6502a

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    Which is better? and can you really tell the diffrince? i have a ibook G4 (one of the last made) and is the macbook really 5x faster?
     
  2. miniConvert macrumors 68040

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    I'm pretty sure this topic will have already been done to death if you search around, but basically due to a lot of applications not yet being optimised (Universal Binary) to run on Intel chips the answer is no - the Intel Macs aren't as much faster at everything as we are led to believe. You need not run out and buy a MacBook just because.

    However, the Intel chips are the future, and as more and more applications become Universal Binary there will be greater and greater performance gains - not to mention the other advantages that Intel chips will bring, such as chips more suited to low heat and power environments that could possibly spawn a whole range of new and exciting products.

    Enjoy your Mac :)
     
  3. otis123 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    thanks but when do you think apple will stop supporting PPC computers and will OS 10.5 be universial?
     
  4. miniConvert macrumors 68040

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    The operating system is already 'Universal' - as are most of Apple's pieces of software. Some third party products, however, could take some time to make the switch - including Office and Photoshop.

    PPC will be supported for years yet - Apple are still selling PowerMac G5's :)

    Try not to worry about it too much, what you have is fantastic.
     
  5. otis123 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    yea it is pertty awsome (its my first mac!) its smaller than the new macbook too! but i think i will upgrade to 1GB RAM for christmas
     
  6. miniConvert macrumors 68040

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    Wise choice! You'll notice a big difference moving up to 1GB, especially when you have several programs open at once :)
     
  7. otis123 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    well i aready have 512mb and i found another 512mb stick at upgradememory.com for $50! does the ibook have two memory slots?
     
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  9. otis123 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    PPC for life! its nice not using a intel machine for one in my life.
     
  10. yoda13 macrumors 65816

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    Couldn't have said it better myself...:p
     
  11. shadowmoses macrumors 68000

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    Thats the truth, but I got tempted to Intel earlier than I thought I would...

    SHadOw:D
     
  12. ToddW macrumors 6502a

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    if adobe and microsoft would just come up with universal patches for some of there exisiting products, i would be good to go and possibly switch. it just turns my stomach on how much money i would have to shell out to get the next version of software for all of these power pc specific apps. my imac will be just fine until i can come up with the scratch to update my apps.

    kickin it old school "power pc" style
     
  13. shadowmoses macrumors 68000

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    Adobe have specified that no Patch will be released only CS3 due out 07 will be Universal,(not usre about M$ Office but I doubt they will release an update patch) so if your into your Photoshop go PPC,

    ShAdoW
     

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