G5 or white intel imac?

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  1. utstudent macrumors newbie

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    im looking to buy either a imac g5 or the white intel imac for my dad. He will be using it for emailing, music, video simple stuff like that. So my question is , is there a significant power difference in these two processors?
     
  2. VeganHipster macrumors regular

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    I would buy an Intel iMac just so he can get to at least Snow Leopard or Lion.
     
  3. raver001 macrumors newbie

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    Get the intel Mac.. Just for ease of compatibility and support.
     
  4. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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    The earliest Intel iMac gets a geek bench score of ~2400, the G5 iMacs score between 840-1179; that is a huge difference. Go with the intel for sure, it will be great with Snow Leopard.
     
  5. speacock, Aug 29, 2011
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    speacock macrumors member

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    Intel

    We have a G5 PPC Mac Pro (or PowerMac or whatever it was called before it got an Intel processor) and a C2D Intel MacBook.

    We are about to get rid of the G5 and buy another Intel based machine there are 3 reasons why the Intel based systems are better from our perspective:

    1. Applications - The number of applications available for the PPC is shrinking fast - All the latest Adobe products are Intel only, OS X Lion is Intel only, Microsoft Office 2011 is Intel only, several of the Photoshop plug-ins we use

    2. Performance - Even our little C2D MacBook with 4GB RAM and it's 5400RPM disk which cost £900 leaves the £4000 dual processor G5 with 8GB RAM for dead performance wise, Photoshop filter times of 20 mins come down to 2 min or less

    3. Reliability - Software (that you can get) for the G5 seems to get more and more flaky; whether that's because the machine is getting old or because vendors devote less time and money to testing on the PPC platform I don't know, but our G5 is very unreliable now.

    Of course the G5 is cheap second-hand, but I'm guessing cost isn't your main consideration, if it were I guess you'd be looking at PC rather than a Mac anyway.
     
  6. Qwaf macrumors member

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    Just go with the Intel. You'd regret getting a PPC Mac now for anything other than collecting them, for the reasons mentioned above. Compatibility and better performance.
     
  7. YanniDepp macrumors 6502

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    G5 can only run Mac OS X Leopard
    Not really worth buying one unless it's pretty cheap. A lot of software is moving to be Intel only.

    Core Duo can only run Mac OS X Snow Leopard
    If you can find one cheap, it's worth it. But you're quite limited by RAM (2GB officially, 3GB unofficially).

    Core2Duo can run Mac OS X Lion
    If you can find a Core2Duo for a little more than a Core Duo, take it. It runs the latest version of Mac OS X.
     

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