the power of a quad

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Keebler, Mar 14, 2007.

  1. Keebler macrumors 68030

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    Hi folks,

    I'm looking at buying a PM G5 quad. I know there are new mac pros coming out, but given the amount of extra hardware I have with drives specific to PPC mac os, it's not in my best interest to buy an intel mac so please don't flame me for that.

    my question is: will i be able to maximize the power of a quad with let's say 4 GB ram when using the following apps:

    fcp
    dvdsp
    livetype
    i don't use motion yet, but thinking about it now ;)
    and bitvice (mpeg2 encoder - the software company says i can almost get a real time ratio when converting video into mpeg2...meaning 1 hour of video might only take 1 hour)...far greater than my 6 or 7 hours on my g5 dually 2.0.

    any thoughts? I could be a dual core 2.0 G5 for less money, but i have a feeling i would see significant reduction in processing power.

    Cheers,
    keebler
     
  2. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    I think that's a very good system. There may be faster systems out there, but are they that much faster for what you want to do?
     
  3. Multimedia macrumors 603

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    Upgrade Your FCP 4/4.5 To 5.1UB For $199 Deadline Is Monday March 19

    You don't say what version of FCS you have. If it's only 5.0 PPC, you need to upgrade to 5.1UB for only $49. If it's just the PPC FCP 5.0 the upgrade to 5.1UB Studio is only $99. any piece of what you mention in your opening post for PPC can go to FCS 5.1UB for only $199.

    As this is the final week, I am making sure anyone with FCP 4/4.5 or any part of the PPC FCS 5 knows the upgarde to FCS 5.1UB is only $199 (this is a link to the offer page).

    Postmark Deadline is March 19. Please don't miss it.

    5.1UB is not only for Intel Macs. It is also a huge improvement for PPC Macs including the Quad G5 which is my main Mac until the 8 core ships. So DO NOT MISS THIS DEADLINE. You will regret not upgrading now when you find out you can't upgrade to FCP6UB for very little more when it's announced April 15 at NAB.
     
  4. Multimedia macrumors 603

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    Refurb 2.5GHz G5 & 2.66GHz Woodcrest Quads Are Back Up

    Trouble is the old 2.5GHz Quad G5 cost more than a new 2.66GHz Quad Woodcrest Mac Pro. I'm not sure what incompatability you think you have with files created on PPC Macs because there are none. You'e much better off getting a 2.66GHz Mac Pro for only $2199 than the Quad G5 for $2699.

    Refurbished Mac Pro Quad 2.66GHz Intel Xeon
    Two 2.66GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors
    1GB (2 x 512MB) memory (667MHz DDR2 fully-buffered DIMM ECC)
    250GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s 7200-rpm hard drive
    16x SuperDrive (double-layer)
    NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT graphics with 256MB memory
    Learn More
    Price: $2,199.00
    Estimated Ship:
    1-3 business days

    Better graphics with more RAM for $500 less shipping faster

    Refurbished Power Mac G5 Quad 2.5GHz
    Two dual-core 2.5GHz PowerPC G5 processors
    1.25GHz frontside bus per processor
    1MB L2 cache per core
    512MB of 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-4200)
    250GB Serial ATA hard drive
    16x SuperDrive (double-layer)
    NVIDIA GeForce 6600 with 256MB GDDR SDRAM
    Learn More
    Price: $2,699.00
    Estimated Ship:
    5-7 business days

    I think you should wait to see what the next Mac Pros will bring to the table.
     
  5. Keebler thread starter macrumors 68030

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    thanks for the heads up on the 5.1ub multi.

    the quad i'm looking at has 4 GB or ram, 2.5 years of applecare left and the fact it will hopefully be a private sale, without taxes, it's actually more cost effective than the new mac pros. it's a tough decision, but i know a quad will last me a long time.

    i wasn't concerned about the files being produced - i'm more concerned about some third party hardware and software being compatible with the UB. I've invested a small amount of a $ into the 3rd party stuff so i'm wary of having to spend more if they don't have free upgrades or if it's not compatible. this is partly my lack of knowledge in understanding if the drivers/software need to be compatible with the operating system or the chipset.

    thanks for your feedback. i always appreciate your posts as you obviously have a wealth of experience and common sense.

    Cheers,
    keebler
     
  6. rogersmj macrumors 68020

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    Keebler, if you could be more specific about exactly what hardware you have concerns with we might be able to advise you better. I'm hard-pressed, however, to think of any reason for getting a PM Quad over a Mac Pro at this point, especially considering they can cost just as much or more.
     
  7. Roy Hobbs macrumors 68000

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    I think you need to explain yourself a little more so people can help you. What 3rd party software/hardware are you concerned with??
     
  8. Keebler thread starter macrumors 68030

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    hi kvan,

    actually, this has turned more into a mac pro vs quad question than it originally turned out to be, hence the lack of info regarding the 3rd party stuff.

    original question was how fast and powerful the quad would be for what i am doing.

    that said, i'm looking into whether or not the following works with an intel mac:
    1. canopus advc 300...it says req'ts are 10.2.7, but that was before intel macs so i'm posting a msg there.

    2. bitvice - is NOT out yet for intel macs and i use that for encoding mpegs heavily - in fact, exclusively. They are working on a new version, but they have been for quite some time so i don't know when a proper version will be released. A mac pro is useless to me without this as i believe BV is the best software encoder out there....at least better than compressor or anything apple has to offer. I'm hoping a faster system than my G4 will increase my productivity and turnaround time by completing mpeg2s alot faster than the almost 10 hours it took to run a 1 hour 48 min file last night :( i do my best to ensure my clients have quality material so it's hard to break away from that . :(

    3. i have a sonnet pci-x sata card. does it matter what type of system it's installed on? as long as it's a pci-x card, it should work?

    4. various little software apps which are important to me - vidi tv is one; i can't remember the rest which is bad b/c i use them all the time :) lol

    So, those are the reasons. :) I might be shutting myself out of possible future growth down the road, but for what am i doing (video and audio transfers), a quad will serve me well for years...well enough to pay for itself and save for a mac pro.

    multimedia: do you create mpegs2 using software on your quads? Do you notice a massive speed difference?

    I do appreciate all the feedback.

    Cheers,
    Keebler
     
  9. Multimedia macrumors 603

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    You Need An 8 Core Mac Pro Not A Quad G5

    Of course the Canopus hardware will work perfectly with a Mac Pro - any Mac in fact. Why aren't you phoning the technical support departments of each producer of hardware or publisher of software with these questions? Why ask us? I think you are crazy not to get the FCP 5.1UB upgrade and buy an 8 core Mac Pro. I think you are nuts man. Quad G5 is great but not as good as the Mac Pro. You are clinging to the past. I am 60 and I tell you you are crazy to buy a Quad G5 now.
    And you have not called them for an update because?
    Fact is you need an 8 core Mac Pro to do this kind of work efficiently. I am buying the 8 core Mac Pro specifically to do this kind of compression work with Toast 8 which will use all 8 cores for mpeg2 compression to DVD Images.
    No it won't. Quad G5 and Mac Pros are both PCIe NOT X. So you will LOSE use of this card with either choice.
    This is not a laughing matter. You are writing about dumping thousands of dollars down the drain because you are not calling each publisher of each little app you use and asking about Mac Pro compatability OR alternate applications that will do the same job better.
    Those reasons BLOW. You are rationalizing your FEAR to advance. There is no logic to buying a Quad G5 now. It is an INSANE choice. You need to SNAP OUT OF IT and get with the FUTURE.
    No it WON'T. You are RATIONALIZING. ALL QUADS ARE TOO SLOW for what you are doing.
    Yeah. It's too fricking SLOW. You need an 8 core Mac Pro - not pokey Quad G5.
    I don't believe you do or you would abandon your insane idea of buying a used Quad G5 and buy an 8 core Mac Pro instead. Have a nice day. :)
     
  10. Keebler thread starter macrumors 68030

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    now, this is completely disagree with. how in God's name do you know what i'm thinking? i may agree or disagree with what you're saying and you may have a TON of knowledge to share, but that doesn't mean you don't know how much i appreciate your responses.

    you just kicked my a$$ in this post and justifiably so....and - I appreciate the info, feedback and time :)

    what you should say, is to honour your responses, i should buy the mac pro :)

    i'll keep you posted, just for the fun of it.

    i just realized i posted some of my answers with your quoted message. see, i'm too excited to know what i'm doing :)

    Cheers,
    Keebler
     
  11. Multimedia macrumors 603

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    8 core Mac Pro and Final Cut Studio 6 Could Be Big Time Savers

    Yeah I can get carried away with myself sometimes. Sorry about that. Anyway if you can wait for the 8 core announcement I think you might be surprised at how it will be able to save you a lot of time.
     
  12. Keebler thread starter macrumors 68030

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    no need to apologize multi. it was all meant in good fun. i'm not offended or anything. i do appreciate it. you probably just reinforced that i should put my head in a hole for a month or so as i hammer out my current workload and see what apple has to offer us :)

    take care!
     
  13. Multimedia macrumors 603

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    Don't Forget To Get The 5.1UB For $199

    But first, Don't forget to
    exercise your 5.1UB option for $199 by next Monday.
     

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