macbook or powermac g5 which is better

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by tragedymourning, Aug 20, 2008.

  1. tragedymourning macrumors newbie

    Aug 20, 2008
    new jersey
    hi all
    i did post this in another thread but i'm not sure if it was in the correct one
    so if it wasnt pardon me...(i am goin to remove it once im done here)
    i'm wondering which is better a macbook 2.4ghz 4 gigs of ram 250 hd
    or a powermac G5 2.5ghz dual 2.5 gigs or ram and 250 hd
    i currently have the macbook and may trade it for the G5
    i mainly use the macbook for audio recording with logic 8 and dp 5
    lots of plug ins i'm wondering if the G5 will be as good as my macbook
    or if i should just stick with the macbook
    i dont know alot about apple towers i have only had one which was a g4 450
    the rest of them have been laptops
    so if any one can help me out that would be awesome.
    thank you
  2. AppleGuy1980 macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2008
    First of all, do you need portability? If so, you need to keep the MacBook.

    Otherwise, the Power Mac you're describing does have a higher GeekBench score than a MacBook, so you might be pleased with the power. On the other hand, PowerPC support is gradually going away, so the MacBook might be better long-term.

    The PowerMac G5 gets a 3290, the MacBook gets a 3112 ( It's not an enormous difference, and unless you're planning to upgrade the Power Mac RAM, you might find that missing that extra 1.5 gb is a big deal.
  3. DLary macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2005
    Here are some relative performance charts

    Of course you can equip the PowerMac with larger hard drives than the MacBook if needed.

    Something else to consider is how long will Apple continue to support PowerPC architecture. The G5 may become an orphan sooner than you think.
  4. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

    Feb 2, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    It depends on how much you upgrade, portability and Storage. If you don't need the portiblity then ask yourself how often do i Upgrade software and hardware. if this is a lot then keep the MacBook and get External harddrives.
  5. tragedymourning thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 20, 2008
    new jersey
    thank you all for your replies.
    well i dont much need portability as much as power
    so i will have to say that the G5 is looking better and better.

    i have a new issue im looking into rite now lookin for a thread
    about the size of video card i can put into another G5 !.6 ghz i got a few days ago for my little sister i got it with no ram or video card every thing appears to be working just no video with the card i put in
    i have replaced the ram with 2 512 pc-3200 sticks
    and ang nvidia d33088 video card i think it is 32 mb has s video out
    im not sure what card it is tho
    if any one can help point me in the right direction that would be awesome
    thanks again every one for you time and help
  6. SDLSteve macrumors 6502

    Dec 27, 2004
    I would say you would be losing money for an even trade for a G5. Y aou should be able to get a dual 2.5 for around $800 on ebay with similar configs that you've listed.

    Having had both a macbook and a G5 I can say that the macbook runs Leopard much better.

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