Old MP vs new mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by aaaaaaron, Feb 18, 2011.

  1. aaaaaaron macrumors regular

    Jun 30, 2010
    How might a Dual 2 Ghz PowerPC G5 Mac Pro compare to a current gen mini?

    I am using one at work and am trying to gauge how powerful the current mac mini would be with out any first hand experience. I use mostly PS CS5, LR3, and do some light ripping/encoding with various programs. Any help is great, thanks!
  2. drew.bowser, Feb 18, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2011

    drew.bowser macrumors regular

    Sep 23, 2008
    Go for the Mini. Sure you have more flexibility and can throw in a better graphics card with the mac pro...but if you like Snow Leopard and the upcoming LION. Then your best bet is the intel chip. As a general rule...stay away from PowerPC.

    I am running CS5 and Lightroom and it runs great. BUT I also changed out my stock HDD for a 7200rpm drive and have 8gb RAM. I set Photoshop to us 5gb of the RAM. LOVE IT!

    According to this, you need Intel to run CS5

  3. mdgm macrumors 6502a

    Nov 2, 2010
    Go for the current mini if you only want to add 3rd party 8GB RAM. If you wish to replace the hard drive as well (e.g. with a 7200RPM drive or better yet a SSD) you'd be better off getting a refurb of the late 09 mini.

    The 2010 Mini is easier to swap out the RAM, but much harder to swap out anything else e.g. the hard drive.
  4. MattA macrumors 6502


    May 15, 2006
    Orlando, FL
    The Mac Mini will run circles around the Powermac G5. The Powermac is a nice box, but it is painfully slow by today's standards. When I upgraded my Powermac G5 1.6 to the Mini, it was night and day as far as performance was concerned.

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