What proceesor do you prefer?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by imacintel, Jun 10, 2006.


Which do you prefer

Poll closed Jun 25, 2006.
  1. PowerPC G3,G4,G5

    20 vote(s)
  2. Intel Core Duo and Solo

    70 vote(s)
  1. imacintel macrumors 68000

    Mar 12, 2006
    What do you prefer? PPC or Intel. I prefer Intel. Faster, cheaper, less power consumption.:) Also, In your post, select whatprocessor was or is your favorite.
  2. kretzy macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2004
    Canberra, Australia
    It's a little hard to throw all of the PPC chips in the one boat isn't it? They're all very different to each other so I don't really think it's a good comparison to be making.
  3. imacintel thread starter macrumors 68000

    Mar 12, 2006
    I would take your post and edit the poll if i could.:(
  4. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    Out of all of the PowerPC processors, the 604e was my favourite but it was the strongest for its time. Could its design have been extended, there probably wouldn't have been a switch. The G3 was the beginning of the end. Was an equal speed backside cache worth it when it wasn't used at full speed until many years later?

    The Intel processors give the machines new life and maybe, they'll be tossed aside in 11 or 12 years from now, too. It's a great deal now and finally crushes the performance gap. When the PPC 601 arrived, there was no reason for Intel processors because they were slower and had various technical problems. The situation has definitely been reversed.
  5. realityisterror macrumors 65816


    Aug 30, 2003
    Snellville, GA
    PowerPC, just to be rebellious :cool:

    Nah, I'd like Intel's more if.... oh... I don't know... I could afford one?
    PPC is vintage.
  6. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2004
    how come there's no "neither, it doesn't matter" selection???
  7. simon-says macrumors regular

    May 24, 2005
    Shreveport, LA
    I liked being on the RISC architecture of the PowerPC's. While the Intel processors may be better for portables, I wished the desktop line stayed with PowerPC's.
  8. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

    Apr 2, 2006
    That could cause A LOT of problems. Some apps written for intel, others for PPC etc, it just wouldn't make sense later on.
  9. DavidLeblond macrumors 68020


    Jan 6, 2004
    Raleigh, NC
    Or you could just compile everything as universal binaries...
  10. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    I prefer the processor that enables me to get my work done. For all I care, it could be powered by pixies.
  11. Chaszmyr macrumors 601


    Aug 9, 2002
    I don't know why anyone would prefer any processor other than the newest, latest, greatest processor... and the Core Duo wipes the floor with the G5, not to say there aren't good things about the G5 architecture.
  12. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    No, you wouldn't. They're unionised and you'd end up giving them more time off than they'd work.
  13. Maxwell Smart macrumors 6502a

    Maxwell Smart

    Jan 29, 2006
    Loving my core duo in my macbook, what more is there to say?
  14. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    I voted PowerPC purely due to application support. Ask me again in 6 months and I'll probably say Intel.
  15. jihad the movie macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2003
    Smugtown, NY
    As short lived as the G5 may have been, I still love it. It has been one of the best mac processors I have ever used. It broke free of the "G4 Memory Bottleneck", provided us with a huge leap in speed, and kept our platform going for a few years. I always felt that the G4 was lagging in performance, and even on my 12" 1.5ghz PowerBook, I feel like it is still not as fast as it should be. The new Intel processors are exciting, however, I really like what the G5 did for Apple. They are still very powerful machines, and they have a lot of life left in them.
  16. CoMpX macrumors 65816


    Jun 29, 2005
    New Jersey
    I chose Intel because it is the future. IBM was simply not delivering with the G3, G4, and G5 series of processors. Intel is, and they will deliver to Apple what they are looking for.
  17. AvSRoCkCO1067 macrumors 65816


    Sep 6, 2005
    Honestly, I believe this poll would be more useful if it just included broad types/brands, i.e. AMD, Intel, PowerPC - however...

    ...I would choose Intel either way, as it is taking its competition (i.e. AMD) seriously and is responding to it with better chips, rather than tons and tons of lawsuits...

    ...Intel will be surpassing AMD in every processor category except 64-bit over the next year. It's been far superior in terms of mobile technology for awhile, but its new desktop chips are going to be here in about a month...!!!

    Can't wait.
  18. risc macrumors 68030


    Jul 23, 2004
    Melbourne, Australia
    For OS X I currently prefer the G5 because all the software actually works natively. Ask me again in a year and I bet you get a different answer.

    Which processor do I prefer in general currently it would be the Intel Xeon with EM64T extensions. Once again ask me in a year and the answer will be completely different, but it will still be Intel.

    For the poll I picked PPC.
  19. Zwhaler macrumors 603


    Jun 10, 2006
    I have played around on my friends Mac's and I perfer PPC G5 on Tiger, but I am sure that once Apple comes up with software that is built for an Intel Mac, it will be much better for Intel to be used.
  20. risc macrumors 68030


    Jul 23, 2004
    Melbourne, Australia
    Apple have been releasing universal binaries for both PPC and Intel for months now. It is the 3rd party developers that are holding the Intels back.
  21. DeathChill macrumors 68000

    Jul 15, 2005
    Yeah, it's mainly the large applications that people are concerned about (Photoshop) as the smaller applications generally run without a hitch. I run Word and MSN Messenger at the same time, which are both PowerPC apps, and I don't even notice. In fact, Word seems much faster on my Intel Mini then it was on my PowerPC Mini.
  22. FF_productions macrumors 68030


    Apr 16, 2005
    Mt. Prospect, Illinois
    I still like the PowerPc processor, it hasn't done me any harm. Like it has been said a 100 times, give it a few months and my response will slowly change to Intel. I can't complain about PPC, sure IBM didn't deliver a 3 ghz PowerMac or PowerBook G5's last tuesday. They are still fast machines, and Intel is still in its early stages of transition. Viva la PPC!
  23. treblah macrumors 65816


    Oct 28, 2003
    Intel. Because as soon as they screw up AMD is waiting in the wings.
  24. bodeh6 macrumors 6502a


    May 18, 2005
  25. andrewag macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2005

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