Which would you choose? - Powermac specs...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by arcsbite, Feb 21, 2006.

  1. arcsbite Guest

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    ok, which of these 2 machines would you recommend and why (I'm learning more and more about powermacs daily here!)

    contestant no.1

    Apple certified refurb
    Dual 2.7GHz PowerPC G5
    1.35GHz frontside bus per processor
    512K L2 cache per processor
    512MB DDR400 SDRAM
    Expandable to 8GB SDRAM
    250GB Serial ATA
    16x SuperDrive (double-layer)
    Three PCI-X Slots256MB DDR video memory

    Price - 1,399.31

    contestant no.2

    None Refurb - New
    Dual-core 2.3GHz PowerPC G5 processor
    1.15GHz frontside bus per processor
    1MB L2 cache per core
    512MB memory (533MHz DDR2 SDRAM)
    250GB Serial ATA hard drive
    16x SuperDrive (double-layer)
    Three open PCI-Express expansion slots
    NVIDIA GeForce 6600 with 256MB GDDR SDRAM

    Price - 1,749.00
     
  2. Benjamindaines macrumors 68030

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    Ill take #2... now lets talk about how that's going to get on my doorstep ;) :p
     
  3. arcsbite thread starter Guest

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    LOL

    why would you take number 2?
     
  4. Benjamindaines macrumors 68030

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    4 processors, PCI Express (faster), 1MB L2 cache, and you can pack it with a lot more memory (that last one may not apply to you if you're not going for Pro level video editing in the future.
     
  5. arcsbite thread starter Guest

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    so i'm guessing Dual 2.7 and Dual Core 2.5 are different?
    I mean other than the obvious 0.2Ghz
    I thought they were both Dual processors and therefore the 2.7 would be faster.
    I have no idea what the cache is all about though lol
     
  6. Benjamindaines macrumors 68030

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    The 2.7 only has 2 processors and the quad has 4 so add everything together the Quad will be faster and more powerful.
     
  7. arcsbite thread starter Guest

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    ummm...the Quad isn't in the list :confused:
     
  8. Benjamindaines macrumors 68030

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    Wow, talk about a long day, I completely read that wrong. Disregard everything I've said, I would go with the 2.7 but the only problem you might run into is that it doesn't have PCI Express and that seems to be what Apple is really backing now.
     
  9. arcsbite thread starter Guest

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    LOL, don't worry about it.
    I was re reading my post over and over again to check, I was convinced that the 2.7GHz was a great deal but seemed too good to be true, so when you mentioned taking the 2.5 I was like "Oohhh I did miss something"
     
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    Actually I would take #2 for the sake of PCI-E slots, but that's just me :rolleyes:
     
  11. macEfan macrumors 65816

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    Id take number 2 also. it will retain its value longer and it also has faster memory and PCI slots.
     
  12. arcsbite thread starter Guest

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    :confused:

    so faster memory is better than faster processors?
     
  13. echeck macrumors 68000

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    If you can afford either one then I'd definitely go with the second option.

    The dual core 2.3 will stack up nicely against the dual cpu 2.7. The faster memory on the dual core 2.3 will help you out as well. The only thing the 2.7 has over it is the faster bus speed, but it's not a lot. Also the PCI-Express expansion slots will be nice for future expansion, if needed.

    Not to mention the dual core 2.3 is brand new and will hold it's value better.

    And just to clear it up, if you don't already know, "dual-core" is actually one physical processor but it has two cores, so it's a dual. The 2.7 dual is two actual processors, both with single cores. Make sense? ;)
     
  14. asencif macrumors 6502

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    Real issue

    If you go to www.barefeats.com you will find that the 2.7 holds it's own against the DC models except the Quad of course. The real issue is the PCI Express slots. Now most PCI-E cards are expensive at this time, but the a PCI-E video cards will be faster along with anything PCI-E. However, the top ATI card available for Mac is PCI-X at the moment which most mac gamers have. Of course there are two NVIDIA PCI-E cards that are awesome for the DC models. It all depends on your budget I guess. The 2.7 Proccesor wise is faster and is very expandable at a lower cost than the DC 2.3. As far as the memory goes...How much extensive multi-tasking will you be doing and what apps? Most Pro's are very happy with the 2.7 and would only go for the Quad for an upgrade.
     
  15. arcsbite thread starter Guest

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    it makes sense, thanks!
    so...i'm guessing that one processor with 2 cores can work smoother together than 2 seperate processors.

    wow...think I have to look further into this.
     
  16. asencif macrumors 6502

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    Technically it is supposed to run cooler, but it the case of the DC G5's it wasn't much and Apple didn't redesign the case anyway. The 2.7 uses liquid cooling, however not sure about the DC. I imagine they don't.
     
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    As far as speed goes, the 2.7GHz DP Power Mac G5 will be faster. While the 2.3GHz DC Power Mac G5 does have faster RAM (533MHz vs. 400MHz) DDR-2 has a higher latency than regular DDR. That said, the 2.3GHz DC model does offer PCI-Express.

    I suppose that I would go for the 2.7GHz DP Power Mac G5.- but it really is a toss up. Either way you go, you will get one heck of a computer! :)
     
  18. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    The 2.3GHz DC Power Mac G5s are air(fan) cooled.
     
  19. Eevee macrumors 6502a

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    I would go with #2 since it's an updated G5.

    But the real issue is, what are you going to do with this machine? Photo editing? Making movies?
     
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  21. arcsbite thread starter Guest

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    I'll be using it for my multimedia course, so pretty much all of the above.
    a lot of Photo Shop and Final Cut to start with
     
  22. arcsbite thread starter Guest

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    A Powemac Quad intel super inside power bouncing mega-machine
    comes with 256mb RAM as standard. :D
     
  23. Benjamindaines macrumors 68030

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    HAHA Nice:D :D
     
  24. arcsbite thread starter Guest

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    hehe, sorry, my bad, should have mentioned it was in GBP £
     

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