Powermac G5 to Macbook Pro


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Sep 12, 2004
I have decided to sell my awesome powermac G5 dual 2.7 and buy a macbook pro. I have been doing very little video editing lately, and not as much photo editing, and the only time I've been pushing the machine is with very small products in final cut pro. Mostly I do web browsing and chatting lately since I'm done with school. I have many games, but I rarely play them. Plus I have a powermac G4 1.42 if I really needed to play them.
I have the 30 inch monitor but the macbook pro can be hooked up to that. I have an external hard drive holding my main stuff, but it's firewire 800, but it also has a firewire 400 port. Will the 7200 100gb rpm drive have that much more performance over the 5400 120gb?

Do you think I'm making the right decision?
What kind of performance differences am I going to see?
Is there anything the powermac does that the mbp can't do?
I really miss the portability of my powerbook.

Sun Baked

macrumors G5
May 19, 2002
zazenx said:
Will the 7200 100gb rpm drive have that much more performance over the 5400 120gb?
Likely not, RPM isn't too big a factor. RPM is the drive equivalent of the MHz myth.

Cache size and Actual size will probably be more relavant. ie, biggest drive with the biggest cache.


macrumors 68040
May 3, 2005
Washington, DC
I sold my Quad and went with a 17" MBP as my main rig. The only place I notice any difference is in high end games (The Quad had the 7800 and the MBP has the ATI X1600), other than that, Motion, FCP, DVD Studio all seem pretty much the same. Adobe apps are another matter, but I don't use those to a great intensity anyway. If you need more power later, get the Mac Pro, those are sure to impress.


macrumors 6502
Jan 6, 2004
Sheffield, UK
i'd keep the 2005 versions of PowerMac for another year or so before upgrading to Intel...

i think that PowerPC Macs are still the workhorse for serious work. The Intel Macs are nice with FrontROw etc... but i think it's more for home use.