Resolved How much RAM do you guys have in your PowerMac G5s? ;)

Intell

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It's an old abused quad from the art department where I work. Now it's one of my PowerPC testing machines there.
 

Intell

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When you say abused do you mean beat up looking? Have you ever gotten it to a full 16 GB of RAM used?
It was abused by way of not ever cleaned out or maintained. It was powered on continuously from about December of 2005 to June of 2011. Never opened, cleaned, or properly cooled (they used it as a coat rack of sorts). It was only replaced because the art people got a new Mac Pro, probably equally abused. I personally have never used all the available memory in it. The art people have and this machine has old tickets associated with it about it being out of memory. My personal most is about 7GB used.
 

Altemose

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It was abused by way of not ever cleaned out or maintained. It was powered on continuously from about December of 2005 to June of 2011. Never opened, cleaned, or properly cooled (they used it as a coat rack of sorts). It was only replaced because the art people got a new Mac Pro, probably equally abused. I personally have never used all the available memory in it. The art people have and this machine has old tickets associated with it about it being out of memory. My personal most is about 7GB used.

That pains me to see a Mac in distress. Glad you got it now.
 

Intell

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Don't be too glad. It went from being physically abused, to mentally (sometimes verbally) abused. It's what builds the images for all the PowerPC systems left. It doesn't have a mind or hard drive to call its own anymore. Instead it defaults to an ever changing, almost broken NetBoot image from Deathraker.
 

Altemose

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Don't be too glad. It went from being physically abused, to mentally (sometimes verbally) abused. It's what builds the images for all the PowerPC systems left. It doesn't have a mind or hard drive to call its own anymore. Instead it defaults to an ever changing, almost broken NetBoot image from Deathraker.

Maybe one day I will find my own abuse victim and nurse it back to health with Leopard and a new SATA hard drive.
 

Intell

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You have to be prepared to spend money to bring an abused Mac back. Or even better, work at a place where you can fix them.
 

Nameci

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16GB on my Quad. Never have used the entirety of it. But it will help having some extra if need arises. The quad is now in storage, I am now living and working here in China. I have not move all my stuff yet. It will be a couple of months before I can fire 'er up again.
 

stewart1981

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4gb, max for my 1.6ghz single processor. Never got near it all even with Sibelius 6 and several instances of Garritan Orchestra 4 in use.
 

CYB3RBYTE

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I would happily rescue a endangered quad G5 from the wild, and put it in a "habitat" if you will. The cool thing about G5's is that the parameters for what you can do with them is still high today.
 

Intell

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G5's aren't all that amazing or powerful anymore. Most of the 2007/2008 Intell Macs outpreform them at nearly everything.
 

stewart1981

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What I like about the G5 power Mac is the option to upgrade components as opposed to the locked down new macs. Of course the modern machines beat them in sheer horsepower but especially the late DP and Quads are still very capable machines. Many of m colleagues in the professional music world still stick with them and produce cracking recordings. I always found that on a macbook the ram got hogged by virtual instruments but on a PowerPC it was much more efficiently handled. The ram seems much better used on these older machines.

I actually work with a guy who writes musicals professionally and when he bought a new MacBook Pro after his G5 died last year he hated it that much he considered trading it in for another G5 until was talked round.

As ever it is what you want it for.
 

PowerMac G4 MDD

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16GB on my Quad. Never have used the entirety of it. But it will help having some extra if need arises. The quad is now in storage, I am now living and working here in China. I have not move all my stuff yet. It will be a couple of months before I can fire 'er up again.
I almost got a Quad-core but the place I was gonna get it from ran out of them... I bought my dual-core there instead. But man, 16GB of RAM... I am envious of that. I still very much want a Quad-core model and hope those sellers get one in. My dual-core 2.0Ghz is running so nicely that I cannot imagine how well a Quad-core will perform, considering it's said to be "80% faster" than a DP 2.7Ghz.
 
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