iBook G4 933Mhz or PB 12 1Ghz

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by cmx08, Feb 13, 2004.

  1. cmx08 macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2004
    Canada, GMA
    what will the performance of FCE2 be on a 933/640Mb?

    which will it be smoother and faster btw:
    iBook G4 14" 933Mhz 640Mb
    PowerBook 12" 1Ghz 768Mb
    PowerBook 15" 1Ghz 768Mb

    Of course, we all know the answer, But will it be larger.

    Just like the iBook 14" 933Mhz and the 1Ghz, the difference in performance was test, by MacWorld, to be 2 sec difference and the cost was 200$ more. Therefore, 933 is better for the value.

    iBook 1299,
    PB 12 1599,&
    PB 15 1999

    I could always get a better SuperDrive that burns ±RW with Toast for less. So SDrive is no prob.

    But if the time performance will be very different I think tha PB willl be it.

    Just like in March 2004 MacWorld issue on page 26.

    Cinema 4D XL 8.5 Scored:
    4:51 minutes for the 12 PB 1Ghz &
    8:17 minutes for the 14 iBook 933

    is FCE2 as demanding as Cinema 4D XL 8.5?
  2. aswitcher macrumors 603


    Oct 8, 2003
    Canberra OZ
    Well if you need the power then the PB is the way to go BUT rumors are flying that PB line is up for either a minor G4 tweak/bump soon or even a G5 upgrade... In either case these would be superior machines...but can you wait?
  3. cmx08 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2004
    Canada, GMA
    I'm no Pro, just homemade stuff

    I like want to play with DV during my spare time but I'm no Pro.

    Therefore, is the PB really that necessary?

    Will FCE2 have a large time lag on a 933 against a 12 pb or (maybe 15)?

    if the differenc is no my cinema 4d (almost 50% in time) just 2 minutes, I think ibook could do.

    had anyone try it out, if it's out to 2 minutes then 12pb should be
  4. 7on macrumors 601


    Nov 9, 2003
    Dress Rosa
  5. whocares macrumors 65816


    Oct 9, 2002
    If you're a big time FCE user, go with the PBook: more power and dual screen capabilities!
  6. abhishekit macrumors 65816


    Nov 6, 2003
    akron , ohio
    well on a g4ibook 800mhz (640 mb ram) , just compressing dv video into avi format takes forever. last time I did , it took me 7-8 hours for 1.44 gb . So it will be slow . But then I have only 800mhz. I am sure 933 would make some difference, but to be real comfortable, and if you can afford it, u should think about the pb...
  7. CmdrLaForge macrumors 601


    Feb 26, 2003
    around the world
    From what I read so far I don't think there will be a remarkable difference in speed between the 14" 933 iBook and the 12"PB. From my point of view the iBook looks much better. But thats everyones own choice. If you like to burn DVDs the PB with Superdrive might be a better decision because you can use iDVD which is really way better then Toast.

    The 15" PB is a class of its own and not comparable with the iBook.

    And there have been rumors that the PBs are due for some kind of change.

    Hope that helped.
  8. aswitcher macrumors 603


    Oct 8, 2003
    Canberra OZ
    The PB has a faster bus and takes more ram, so its going to be a better performer all round. + it has the big feature of dual screen if you have a monitor at home etc is a signficant bonus in my mind. Sure there is a hack out there but I am not sure what that does to Applecare.

    On the other hand iBooks just got upgraded and are unlikely to jump again until the end of the year or even later, so its a safe buy for not being disappointed anytime soon.
  9. wordmunger macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    If you're a "serious" video editor, you want the dual G5. I don't think there's a substantial difference between the 933 and the 1GHz for the casual user, though. Personally I'm waiting for a G5 PB--for now my Ti400 suits me fine (but I'm no video editor!).

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