Just stuck an SSD in my G5

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  1. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    And baby, THIS IS AWESOME.

    It's a 120GB OCZ Vertex Plus, SATA II, spur of the moment purchase. Drive recognised by OS X with no trouble. Disabled Filevault, booted from my original HD and used SuperDuper to clone the main system and most applications over. Booted from the SSD, then cleaned out the 1GB Seagate Barracuda drive and left on it about 400GB of music and stuff I wanted to store.

    Definitely snappier. My Macbook 4,1 with a 120GB Corsair Force 3 SSD and 6GB memory and an Intel GMA X3100 feels like a slug in comparison. It still wins in CPU benchmarks like Handbrake, but in real life usage I only want to use my G5 tower.

    Question: how can I make my G5 faster? Can't upgrade the CPU, got an SSD, got the fastest GPU I can get, memory maxed out... sometime I'll stick a 4GB 7,200rpm drive in for storage. And I can't be bothered to use RAID. And I want USB 3 ports, USB 2 is horrible.

    Some benchmarks from AJA System Test, 1920x1080 8bit 4GB disk test:

    Write:
    7,200 Barracuda 7200.12: 44.7MB/sec
    OCZ Vertex Plus SSD: 44.8MB/sec

    Read:
    7,200 Barracuda 7200.12: 68.6MB/sec
    OCZ Vertex Plus SSD: 122.5MB/sec

    And that doesn't take into account random access time. Can't remember which, but one Xbench disk random test scored over 2,000.

    If you got a G5 tower, get an SSD for your boot drive. Do it.
     
  2. Lil Chillbil macrumors 65816

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    you really just answered your own question, there is no way to make your g5 noticeably any faster
     
  3. GermanyChris macrumors 601

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    I don't notice the difference between the 7200RPM Black that was my boot to the Vertex 2 that is now my boot again. I didn't notice it in the DP G5 and now I don't in the quad..

    On my notebooks SSD's are nice performance improvement, on my G5's not really.

    ***edit*** in the upgrading theme I have 12GB of DDR for the G5 that I'd be willing to sell or trade for something interesting.
     
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  5. GermanyChris macrumors 601

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    who me?
     
  6. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020

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    Nope. OP :)
     
  7. VanneDC macrumors 6502a

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    You didn't see an increase in boot time from your 7200rpm drive to the ssd? Man that's crazy. Can u please post some read/write specs of said ssd and said standard spin drive?
    Cheers.
    I am curious, as the difference on my mp was night and day. Boot time went from 30 secs plus to around 9 secs.. And that's with my home folder on a standard 7200rpm drive.
     
  8. GermanyChris macrumors 601

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    It was in my MP too..

    I'll give you the SSD on Monday but not the spinny it's now out and will become a data drive.
     
  9. zen.state macrumors 68020

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    Enterprise grade magnetic drives like the WD VelociRaptor actually make better boot drives than many SSD do. I had an Intel 320 Series SSD in my main machine for a bit but once I bought and used the VelociRaptor in my secondary machine I saw it was actually faster at writing, booting and app launching so I now run the VR in my main system.

    They are 10,000 rpm 2.5" magnetic drives enclosed in a 3.5" housing/cooler.
     
  10. GermanyChris macrumors 601

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    But VR are not exactly quiet at least they weren't in the past
     
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  12. zen.state macrumors 68020

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    A url does not speak for my real life experience with the Intel SSD and VR. I am not making what I say up. My experience is exactly as I describe.

    Why do so many use a url to explain themselves. It's not you explaining anything but rather making a statement with no substance then pasting a url. If you know then try using your own words and knowledge.
     
  13. Zeke D macrumors 6502a

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    Geek bench and the plethora of artificial scoring systems are irrelevant. Comparing geek bench scores is like comparing penis size. They all get the job done. People with low self-esteem just have to comment that their penis or geek bench score is larger than everyone else.
     
  14. GermanyChris macrumors 601

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    An SSD won't effect geekbench. Geekbench tests RAM and processor speed.
     
  15. Jethryn Freyman thread starter macrumors 68020

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    June 2004.

    URLs can link to articles written by people who have done extensive testing of many different components across many different systems. Your argument here is far too broad.

    LOL. True, though they do have their uses.
     
  16. GermanyChris macrumors 601

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    here is xbench
     

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  17. GermanyChris macrumors 601

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    Here is my Geekbench to show that a SSD doesn't effect it's score
     

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  18. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020

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    Geekbench is primarily a RAM and CPU Benchmark.
     
  19. GermanyChris macrumors 601

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    Thats what I said in post 14
     
  20. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020

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    My mistake :eek:
     
  21. tninety, Aug 1, 2012
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    But "the URL" is Anandtech, one of the most respected tech review sites out there. :rolleyes: I think I trust their "real world" analyses than yours.

    It's not like you're explaining yourself. Which VelociRaptor are you using? Have you actually precisely measured boot times and application launch times or whatever you want to benchmark by, on the same system with the same setup?

    Are you sure you're not just being bottlenecked by an insanely slow interface somewhere down the line because you're, I don't know, using nearly 10 year old computers with modern components?

    The access times on modern SSDs are hundreds of times faster than HDDs - HDDs just can't compete on many levels.
     
  22. zen.state macrumors 68020

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    I am speaking of my and only my experience. I never claimed that my experience would be everyones. Are you confused?

    I made a comment on my experience with an Intel SSD vs a VelociRaptor on my hardware and then Reason077 comes along and tells me I'm wrong as if they have sat at my computer and used it.

    This is the PowerPC forum so I am speaking in regard to older Macs which should be obvious since it's... wait for it.... the PowerPC section.

    Why would anyone ever have to explain they are speaking for themselves when it's them typing the words? Do people really need massively obvious things pointed out.

    I'm speaking the same language and you cannot understand the words or the basic logic that follows them.
     
  23. tninety macrumors regular

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    No, I'm not confused. You said:

    This sounds awfully like a generalization and not your "personal experience" to me. Any VelociRaptor will absolutely not be faster than an Intel 320, and, as a result, will result in worse boot times and application launch times. Maybe some old, first-gen SSD will be slower than the WD VR, but that's it. You didn't say "in my experience, enterprise grade magnetic drives like the WD VelociRaptor actually make better boot drives than many SSD do," you said "enterprise grade magnetic drives like the WD VelociRaptor actually make better boot drives than many SSD do." This could confuse new users, who might be misled into thinking many SSDs are actually slower than a VelociRaptor.

    No he didn't. Reason077 didn't say you were wrong, and he didn't say you didn't find the VelociRaptor faster. I'm not saying that either. He just said:

    And then he linked to an Anandtech review that showed just that, while you scolded him for backing up his statements with an article. Like it or not, this is a FACT. Modern SSDs ARE faster than any hard drive money can buy, no matter how "enterprise-class" the hard drive is. Magnetic storage technology just cannot approach the performance level of even an entry-level modern SSD. If your experience says otherwise, great, continue to use the VelociRaptor in your primary machine, but your experience runs contrary to, I don't know, pretty much every tech reviewer ever to touch an SSD.

    You're the one who confidently made the declaration that "Enterprise grade magnetic drives like the WD VelociRaptor actually make better boot drives than many SSD do" with just anecdotal evidence to back it up. :rolleyes: Look, I don't doubt that you found the VelociRaptor to be faster on your setup, but I wouldn't put my money on most people finding the VelociRaptor to be faster.

    And yet you still made a sweeping generalization from an observation you made on your 10 year old G4 setup and applying it to any computer with a boot drive.
     
  24. VanneDC macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the numbers GermanyChris. will have to have a closer look at that later, cos i am sure i had my ssd in my quad and it did make a difference.
     
  25. Nameci macrumors 68000

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    My benchmark, generic SSD with SF 2281 (as far as i remember) controller on a Powermac Quad.

    http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench2/786411

    And yes it did not affect GB scores. I got it both RAID0 and single as boot and scores remain at around 3700+.
     

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