Buying A Used G5 How Do I Know If Its Dual Or Single?

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  1. lostangelent macrumors newbie

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    I am abouts to buy a G5 for my backup studio cuz of its compatibility with Pro Tools and its great processor performance etc.....I just dont know when I test it if it will say dual/single/quad on the info screen... can one of you mac experts please help a newb to this site? Maybe a screen shot? This will be my 5th mac so I am not some bandwagon jumper lol
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Great processor performance? A first-gen MacBook Air outperforms the fastest G5!

    Check model numbers.

    First rev: M9393LL/A is 1.8 dual, M9032LL/A is 2.0 dual.
    Second rev: All dual, they begin with M945.
    Third rev: Not dual (?)
    Fourth rev: All dual, they begin with M974.
    Fifth rev: M9592LL/A is 2.5 dual
     
  3. Dr.Pants macrumors 65816

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    Thanks Tallest; however, both of my 970FX processors want a word with you.
     
  4. noodle654 macrumors 68020

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    I beg to differ. A Quad G5 is faster than a lot of macs. The Dual 2.7GHz is faster than an Rev. A Air.

    http://www.primatelabs.ca/blog/
     
  5. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    What's that? Steve Jobs lied to us? :p:eek:

    Okay, a CURRENT Mac would be faster than any G5. Meaning get a Mac Mini, man.
     
  6. lostangelent thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Imma stick with the desktop....where can I see how many processors said mac has?
     
  7. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    A Mac Mini is a desktop, and you can get one for very little more than a G5.
     
  8. Dr.Pants macrumors 65816

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    You can also find out the processor by going :apple:->About this Mac; it should say on the scrren - mine says "4 x 2.5 GHz PowerPC G5". Pressing "More Info" will lead you to a screen with a model identifier which can help out quite a bit.

    Or just use mactracker

    The Mac Mini also may not have certain things the OP wants. Such as expandability. Sure you can shove a HDD on the many, many USB ports and FW800 port, but that's only one port wth any REAL performance. The G5 can be expanded for RAID. However, this is my opinion, take it for what it is.

    The Mini might have better performance/watt, now that the 9400M is innit...
     
  9. lostangelent thread starter macrumors newbie

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    the reason I am getting a g5 is because of the processor....I can not use intel with my setup and I dont even use the host processor with the high definition setup I have....the g5 just runs smoother with Protools I feel and I already have THOUSANDS of dollars worth of software for non-intel bASed mac running protools...so with that said.....anyone know how I can tell the diff 'tween single/dual/quad?
     
  10. lostangelent thread starter macrumors newbie

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    sounds like someone has been in a studio before
     
  11. lostangelent thread starter macrumors newbie

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    okay, a REAL desktop haha
     
  12. Dr.Pants macrumors 65816

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    :D Eh, my only "real" expirience has been in an A/V lab or two. I'm more video then audio. Plus I can't recommend any good PCI-X parts as my G5 is PCIe.:(

    But still, if you have the chance to use the G5 before purchase, both of those methods will work; if not, ask for a model number or model identifier.
     
  13. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    That "fake" desktop can run the next OS and can have as much RAM as half of the G5 line. Its graphics are better than ALL of the graphics cards that the G5 can use except perhaps the X1900 and the Quadro 4500 (given).
     
  14. Dr.Pants macrumors 65816

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    Agreement, mostly. Made a slight correction, if this is wrong somebody PM me and I will fix it. However (I thought), the Mini has a max of 4 GB of RAM, and I thought this was also the cap imposed by Apple. Which makes it able to take at maximum the max amount of RAM for a SCSP G5 (the Mini spanks that model, IMO)

    However, if the OP has the software, he can probably afford a 2.5 quad; the only one I'd really recommend, as long as you replace the coolant and max the RAM.

    Anyways, refer to MacTracker for model numbers and processors - I find it handy.
     
  15. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Nope, you're right.:p
     
  16. 300D macrumors 65816

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    The ANSWER is simple. If it has a 1.6GHz, its a single. A 1.8, then there is a 50/50 chance its a single. If its 2.0, 2.3, 2.5 or 2.7, then there is no question that its dual.

    Avoid the 1.6 and 1.8, they are the low end machines and use 1/3 bus speed instead of 1/2.
     
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    ....... and the last dual processor 2.0 model had the same bus and RAM limitations as the 1.6 and 1.8.
     
  19. Azrel macrumors regular

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    Here's a quote from the very same article you link

    "Plus, while many complain about the low performance of the MacBook Air, remember it’s faster than the first round of Intel-based laptops and all of the dual-processor PowerMac G5s."

    Food for thought :p
     
  20. wesrk macrumors 6502a

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    a friend was about to get a dual G5 and eneded up buyin the mac mini instead.

    For what he was going to use it, he actualy says the mini is much faster.
     
  21. lostangelent thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That is awesome thanks
     
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  23. doox00 macrumors regular

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    the 2.3's can be dual core or duel cpu.. think same with a few of the other 2ghz+ ones as well. If it has a 6600 in it, its typically a dual core and pci-e system from what I can tell.
     

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