Dual vs Single CPU question

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by paulwgraber, Jan 14, 2014.

  1. paulwgraber macrumors member

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    I am getting another G4 and have the choice of either a single cpu 1.25GHZ model or a dual 867GHZ model.

    I will be using it for mainly games and dual booting into OS9 and OS X.5.

    Which would be better?
     
  2. 666sheep macrumors 68040

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    1.25. Higher clock will do better for mentioned purposes. You can quite easily overclock it to 1.67 GHz (a little soldering required).
     
  3. Cox Orange macrumors 68000

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  4. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    If you are going to do most of your stuff in OS 9, and AREN'T going to use a multi-processor-aware app like Photoshop, then the single 1.25 GHz will be faster.

    If you're mostly going to use OS X, then the dual 867 MHz will be faster.

    Other note: This is assuming ALL other aspects are equal. In reality, the 1.25 GHz model will likely have a much faster video card, more+faster RAM, and a faster hard drive.

    In all likelihood (barring one of the two being a different model with an upgrade CPU,) the two you're talking about are the:
    1.25 GHz MDD and the
    867 MHz DP MDD.

    Although given the choice between those two, my OS argument still stands.
     

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