Is this true?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by persianpunisher, Aug 3, 2005.

  1. persianpunisher macrumors regular

    Jul 28, 2005
    Someone told me that the new 14" iBook was JUST as fast as the new 12" PB.
    And especially from the PB setup I want to get (12" 768MB ram, 80gb HD, Superdrive) I can get a 14" 1GB 100GB HD iBook for like $50 less. Is the iBook more worth it then? I plan on using this computer for a good number of years, I wouldnt want to play many games, just World of Warcraft, and I would use it mainly for school (internet, mail, research, occasional video editiing and photoshop). Which would suit me better? Thanks
  2. ITASOR macrumors 601


    Mar 20, 2005
    The iBooks 32MBVRAM isn't going to play nice with WoW I don't think.
  3. persianpunisher thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 28, 2005
    Thats what I was thinking, but I dont really need it to run more than 800X600, nor do I need the HIGHEST settings, would it still run decent?
  4. grapes911 Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
    The iBook has a slower CPU, a slower FSB, and a slower hard drive. How are they the same speed?
  5. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    If you have the money, then the PowerBook would be better for your game and Photoshop. Will just be faster. The 1 GB RAM will also produce better performance.
  6. persianpunisher thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 28, 2005
  7. dsharits macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2004
    Plant City, FL
    Xbench isn't very accurate for testing real performance.

    I know, I know, the line in my sig. What can I say? It's just something for me to brag about. :D ;)
  8. masterapple04 macrumors regular

    May 26, 2004
    Massachusetts, USA
    I know I'll get flamed for this, but...

    Performance aside, the PowerBook is almost certainly the better buy.
    1) It will retain its value for a longer time.
    2) Have you seen both 'books in person? The iBook is significantly (to me) thicker and it feels kinda cheap and plastic-y.
    3) I have a Rev. A 12" PowerBook, and I love it. I could never go to an iBook.

    Bringing performance back into it, I drool over the new PowerBooks, and how much better they are than mine. I'm not jealous of the iBooks in the same way. The clock, FSB, and almost everything else are in some way superior to the iBooks. It is, however, your money and your choice. :cool:
  9. superbovine macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2003
    whoever told you that, don't ever take computer advice from them again.
  10. persianpunisher thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 28, 2005
    hmmm, but for non-strenuous programs, the PB book's edge wont be as noticable..., would it?
  11. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Well, as long as you out it that way:
    If performance isn't important, then the difference in performance won't be important.

    Seriously, the performance differences will be marginal for standard programs that don't tax the CPU. 1.42 GHz vs 1.5 GHz, 142 MHz system bus vs 166 MHz. The biggest visible difference is the screen. The 14" has 1024x768 resolution over a 14" size, where the 12" has the same resolution over a 12" size, so everything on the 14" will be larger. This makes a difference to those of us who are denying that we need bifocals. It also makes the 14" larger and a bit more bulky to carry. The 14" has a longer life battery - 61 W-H up to 6 hours, and better Airport reception.

    The 12" PB OTOH has a great deal more flexibility to plug into external monitors and FW800 drives.
  12. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia

    But they'd go so nicely with your new hair. :p

    I'd get the PowerBook if you plan on doing anything video-related.
  13. persianpunisher thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 28, 2005
    what about minor editing? Like iDvd or iMovie?
  14. Eniregnat macrumors 68000


    Jan 22, 2003
    In your head.
    Rendering is still faster on the PB. Both iMove and iDVD do some rendering. Remember you can always get more screen real-estate by plugging the PB into an external monitor. I have an older 12" PB and use FCP and audio editing programs on it. It works fine, but nothing compares to 20+ inches of real-estate and a new G5, as a friend of mine has.

    A number of media editors I know live by the motto, "buy the best hardware you can afford and then buy new when you absolutely have too." In either case, max out the ram and get at least one external drive if you are even casually interested in doing some video editing. You don't have to dedicate the external drive to just to holding clips, don't forget that it can be a good place to store a working backup of your hd. I am also a big proponent of budgeting for AppleCare, at least one spare battery, and good case of lap top sleeve.

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