Dual 1.25 G4 or Single 1.6 G5?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jrv3034, Jul 31, 2003.

  1. jrv3034 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2002
    Just curious... I'l be getting a PowerMac for use with Final Cut Pro 4 in a couple of months. I just realized that I can get very similarly configured PowerMacs for about the same price, one being a Dual 1.25 G4 and the other a Single 1.6 G5. Both for $1999.

    That said, I'd love to get a G5 (love its looks), but will the performance of the Dual 1.25 G4 be better for video editing? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
  2. pianojoe macrumors 6502


    Jul 5, 2001
    N 49.50121 E008.54558
    Re: Dual 1.25 G4 or Single 1.6 G5?

    To cut a long story short:

  3. arn macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    i'm not sure if you can be confident that it's "No."

    I think it'd be close.

  4. MacFan25 macrumors 68000


    Jan 5, 2003
    I think you should get the G5 since the architechure is entirely new, and it will probably last longer.

    Just my $0.02.
  5. MacManDan macrumors 6502

    Apr 11, 2003
    I think it largely depends on if FCP can use both processors to render. If so, THEN I would say it would be close (maybe even the G4 beating the G5?? maybe??), but if it only uses one processor to render, then it seems pretty obvious that the G5 is the winner.

    Taking into consideration the fact that the G5 IS newer architecture, however, even if the speed is close (or if the dual G4 marginally beats the G5), it seems like a better choice to go with the newer tech .. I think it will last longer.
  6. jrv3034 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2002
    Does anyone know if FCP4 uses dual processors effectively? If not, then I agree the 1.6 G5 will fly. I'd love to get the dual 2ghz, but that's just too much money...

    btw- Nice signature, MacManDan;)
  7. patrick0brien macrumors 68040


    Oct 24, 2002
    The West Loop

    FCP has been multi-processor aware and effective since version 2.

    However, with it running on OS X, an SMP OS, it's even more efficient.

    I dare say the dual in this case might edge the G5, however, I actually doubt that a bit as the G5 will have the 800mhz bus.

    The G5 might acctually edge it out.

    Additionally, I would go for the G5 for future-facing reasons as well.
  8. Fender2112 macrumors 65816


    Aug 11, 2002
    Charlotte, NC
    I noticed the same observation last night while putting together my next system. For about the same cost, I can get a dual 1.25 or G5 1.6 or 1.8.

    If I go with the PowerMac (as opposed to iMac), I'll go with the G5 because of the architecture. I feel it will have more life than a G4 system.
  9. _bnkr612 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2004
    Always go for the latest architecture in the PMs if you are using it for more than checking your mail or gettin' on them internets.
  10. .:*Robot Boy*:. macrumors 6502

    Jan 21, 2005
    New Zealand
    How on Earth did you come to post in a thread that's over two years old? :eek:
  11. _bnkr612 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2004
    Haha, I was fartin' around on page 300 (for nostalgic purposes)... I just wanted to help out the little guy, that being the under-rated PM 1.6!
  12. chucknorris macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2005
    Moscow, ID (No Kremlin here!)
    I wasn't paying any attention to the dates, and nearly commented on how overpriced those systems were.
  13. Naimfan Suspended


    Jan 15, 2003

    You are not alone! I almost did the same...


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