1Ghz G3 Upgrade

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by cromm, Jan 31, 2005.

  1. cromm macrumors newbie

    Dec 16, 2004
    Hey Folks!

    How much of a jump in performance could I expect from popping a 1GHz G3 into my B&W 300MHz G3 machine? Its got 512 MB or ram at the moment. It runs Panther fairly well, but not what i would call very satisfying.

    Any wisdom here?

    Thx ;)
  2. leftbanke7 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 4, 2004
    West Valley City, Utah
    For the cost of the upgrade, you could get a Mac Mini which would run faster. However, if you need the expandability of the B/W, a 1GB processor boost should give you a fairly noticable speed boost. When I took my Beige G3 from 233 to 500, it seemed quite peppier. I can only imagine that going from 300 to 1G would offer quite an improvement.
  3. Norouzi macrumors 6502

    Aug 6, 2004
    Philadelphia, PA
    If you haven't already done so I'd also recomend upgrading the video card. That old Rage 128 dosen't help OS X at all. I upgraded the Video card in my Sawtooth and saw a nice preformance boost even without a processor upgrade.

    But if you really don't need the expandability of the B&W definatily look into a mac mini.
  4. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

    Lord Blackadder

    May 7, 2004
    Sod off
    People with B&W towers are in a predicament. The 1GHz upgrade costs $300-400 depending on who you buy it from.

    For around $300-500 (from a reseller/ebay) you could buy a Powermac G4 "Sawtooth" 400-450MHz with an AGP slot, faster bus etc. The processor is slower but it can accept high-performance AGP video cards. Plus, it can accept CPU upgrades up to 1.7 GHz or dual 1.33GHz currently. With a video card/hard disk/CPU upgrade you can build a very fast Mac. This is what I'm doing with my G4 "Digital Audio".

    You could also get a Mac mini. It has a slow laptop hard drive and not a lot of current upgrade potential. By the time you add RAM and Airport etc. expect to pay $600-700+. But it is a LOT of computer for the money, especially when you compare it's performance with your upgraded G3 (MUCH faster). It will be quite speedy in everything except games.

    The G4 tower will offer you the highest performance POTENTIAL but the greatest total investment. The mini is fast and the most bang for the buck but the greatest initial investment. The G3 upgrade is the cheapest but the lowest performance by a good margin. A 1GHz G3 is no match for a 1GHz G4, although a lot of the difference is due to the motherboard design.

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