contemplating an upgrade: G5 tower -> MacBook

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jfruh, Jun 12, 2008.

  1. jfruh macrumors member

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    Hi all-

    My current computer is a G5 PowerMac -- 1.8 GHz DP, 1.25 GB of RAM -- that's getting somewhat long in the tooth. I'd sort of dreamed of getting a tricked out 8-core mac pro, but it's becoming increasingly clear to me that (a) I won't be able to afford that anytime soon, (b) since I don't use any computationally intensive apps, I don't need such a thing, and (c) it would actually be pretty convenient to me to get a laptop. So, I'm thinking of getting a MacBook -- the 2.4 GHz model, RAM-ed up to the max and with the larger hard drive.

    I'm wondering if anyone has made a similar transition and can comment on to what extent the clock speeds for the G5 and Core Duo chips are comparable. Will I be getting the 33 percent boost that the numbers would lead you to believe? More? Less? How does dual core processing stack up against a true dual chip? And to what extent is any of that going to be relevant to me, who mainly uses the machine for Web surfing, email, and word processing?

    Also, I hadn't really taken a close look at laptop specs since the Intel transition, and I was sort of shocked by how little difference there seemed to be between the MacBook and MacBook Pro, considering the fairly substantial gap in price. As near as I could tell, the biggest difference (other than 200 MHz of processing speed) is the size; I don't mind the smaller screen, since 90 percent of the time I'd still be connected to my current keyboard/monitor combo, and the rest of the time smaller would be better anyway. Other than that and the backlit keyboard, is there some distinction I'm missing?

    Finally, I wonder just how slow and/or buggy Rosetta really is. Most of the apps I use are Universal, but I still have Office 2004 (and really don't feel like shelling out for '08), Adobe Photoship CS 8 (which I use for optimizing graphics for the Web, nothing too intensive), and an older version of Quicken. I'm willing to bear with a performance hit on these, but really hope they don't crash all the time.

    Anyway, I know this has been kind of rambling, but I'd just love to solicit opinions from anyone who's made a smiliar transition and has experience to share.
     
  2. neiltc13 macrumors 68040

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    If you don't need a dedicated graphics card (ie, if you don't do 3D modelling, video editing or play games) then MacBook should be perfect. There is a huge gap between the performance of these machines and that giant G5 tower. Just go for it, you won't look back!
     
  3. leekohler macrumors G5

    leekohler

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    Well, you did miss the fact that there is no dedicated video card in the MacBook, but it sounds like you won't be needing that anyway.

    I have a last-rev dual core 2.0 G5 and a new 2.4 Penryn BlackBook. Quite honestly, I notice very little difference between the two. The G5 is much smoother with video editing/video card related tasks, but the BlackBook is slightly faster opening apps and such, and when I say slightly, that's what I mean. You will probably see more of a performance increase given the age of your particular G5 though. I should also mention that my G5 has 5 gigs of RAM, while the BlackBook has only 2. I'm sure that's making a difference as well.
     

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