Intel iMac as fast as a 2.0 DUAL PM G5?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ccroo, Jul 9, 2006.

  1. ccroo macrumors regular

    Jun 10, 2004
    Macword says speedtest on Intel iMac 2.0 Duo is 217

    They say a 2.0 DUAL PM G5 rates 227

    Are they really that comparable in term of performance? (Not expandability, etc.)
  2. AlBDamned macrumors 68030


    Mar 14, 2005
    Someone else will know more about tech benchmarks, but at the January keynote Steve said the Yonah chip is faster than the G5 so it would make sense that it's comparable. Certainly at native apps you'd expect it to be there or thereabouts.
  3. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    On common Applications, most likely -- most of the speed of the G5 was in the way Altivec was used.

    But alas GCC wasn't too big on autovectorization before the switch, so many apps didn't take advantage of it and were G3-compatible applications.

    For scientific apps the G5 is a big weapon, for MS Word it isn't.

    Integer performance had lagged for years on the PPC until the G5 came out.
  4. Chrispy macrumors 68020


    Dec 27, 2004
    Avon, IN
    It really depends on what you are doing. For most things (and once software has gone universal) they will be fairly similar.
  5. generik macrumors 601


    Aug 5, 2005
    I certainly wouldn't be buying a dual 2.0 G5 at this point in time, not on retail pricing.
  6. Chrispy macrumors 68020


    Dec 27, 2004
    Avon, IN
    For sure! Do not pay retail price for the PM at this point as you will really end up feeling screwed when the macpro comes out and costs the same haha. You can find some great deals on used PMs so keep your eyes peeled if you do decide to purchase.
  7. dmw007 macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6
    The 2GHz Core Duo iMac I feel is faster than a dual 2GHz Power Mac G5 overall. But when running tasks that are not universal (like photoshop which MacWorld always uses) the Power Mac G5 will have a good advantage.

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