PowerPC G5 1.6 or Dual 2.0 which is better.

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by nig451964, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. nig451964 macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    Just about to purchase a Apple Power Mac G5, need to know : is going for a dual 2.0ghz Powermac worth an extra £100 on the price?.

    Seems a daft question but I am on a tight budget and going to have to do some serious legwork to get the additional funds...

    I shall be using the PowerMac for photo's , web browsing, listening to music and watching films. I won't be using it for any encoding/movie editing etc. So really I am buying it because of OSX more than anything else.

    Please could somebody advise in real terms what I would notice if I did plum for the higher powered unit.

    Many thanks..
     
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  3. nig451964 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The G5 is £120 for the 1.6ghz Single CPU, the Dual is going to work out at about £230....
     
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  5. nig451964 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Look at photos I have taken, no photoshop work (not into that)..
    Listen to music, have a large library (6000+) which has taken me years to get.
    Browse the net... have concerns about youtube and how well it would handle basic flash. I don't expect it to handle HD.

    Basic stuff really, oh and drawing using a graphics tablet.

    Thanks for your help.

    What do you think?. is the 2.0Dual overkill?
     
  6. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    For the basic stuff you will be fine. Youtube might give you headaches with the Flash thingy. As per graphics design using a pen/tablet, no idea there.
     
  7. shady28 macrumors member

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    Get the dual. Even web browsing can be demanding for older 1.6 g5's doing flash, plus it probably has a more powerful gnu.


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  8. nig451964 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok, thanks guys.

    I will go cap in hand to 'bread knife' and beg for small mercy's.
     
  9. 4JNA macrumors 68000

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    i can only answer based on using a 1.6 and a dual 1.8g5 system, but the difference between the two was dramatic on an 'every day' basis. everything on the dual system was WAY faster. same drives, memory, video card, etc.

    that said, based on the things you listed for usage, i don't think i'd spend the extra money for the dual 2.0. everything you listed would work fine on the 1.6, and with the extra money you could save for a faster boot drive (ssd?) and/or extra memory at some point. a decent video card would also be a must when using 10.5.? as it really needs video support to fly.

    you will be stuck at 10.5.?, but as long as that works for you, it should be a decent system. best of luck.
     
  10. nig451964 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your input on that, I will go home and speak to the missus ( just finishing night shift )....
     
  11. VanneDC macrumors 6502a

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    mate go for the dual, its a LOT faster.
    and you should have no dramas with the pen, as long as your talking WACOM. all bests are off using anything else.

    cheerio, you may wanna look up the wacom webby for info on drivers though.

    cheers

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    it seems it always comes down to one thing , and thats can a ppc Mac play flash videos online , yes it can just not on HD 1080p, i installed the browser tenfourfox on my iMac G3 700mhz running tiger (10.4.11) and it plays in the browser window most youtube videos at 240p and it is watchable , i can always let the video load first if i want to watch fullscreen
    i had a iMac G5 1.8ghz (gone into bad cap nirvana) and it had no problem playing youtube videos even fullscreen at 480p and some up to 720p , which is perfectly watchable

    so i would go for the 1.6ghz G5 , if you are on a budget , you can always get a better graphics card , more ram, Hdd's , even SSD ..when your budget allows it again , so no need to get a mortgage now to upgrade and £120 for a working G5 1.6 is a really good price , as you struggle to find a working mini G4 for that money here in the uk
     
  14. zen.state macrumors 68020

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    Why watch youtube video with TenFourFox when you can do it with about half the CPU use in MacTubes? MUCH much much better.
     
  15. 300D macrumors 65816

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    Only get dual G5 models. The single 1.6 and 1.8 are slow.
     
  16. zen.state macrumors 68020

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    Agreed. My single 1.8GHz G4 scores the same or even higher at some scores vs. a G5 single 1.6GHz: http://db.xbench.com/merge.xhtml?doc1=501544&doc2=512500

    To the OP:
    Do you really need to be told a dual 2GHz is better than a single 1.6GHz? :)
     
  17. Joshuarocks macrumors 6502

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    OP: Consider dual core..

    Hey, just wanted to throw this out also.. Dual core 2.3 will run 1080p with no problems. Once I get my G5 Quad I will post my performance with 8GB of memory and the geforce 7800 GTX which is coming with my Quad G5.

    With all the more modern codecs + quicktime my pb g4 can play up to 720p.
     
  18. nig451964 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you everyone for your thoughts. I plummed in the end for a G5 1.6 with free mac keyboard and mouse.

    Really looking forward to using this as a replacement for my netbook.
     
  19. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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    i agree better for the CPU definitely , i just did want to point out that it is after all possible if you use a appropriate browser and not safari
     
  20. 300D macrumors 65816

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    That is false information.

    The ATI X1900 is significantly faster.
     
  21. Joshuarocks macrumors 6502

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    Ok, I thought the 7800 GT was in comparison to the X1900? Is the X1900 the absolute best card for the G5? I don't need the 512MB Quadro.
     
  22. 300D macrumors 65816

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    Yes. The quadro is just a 7800 with extra ram and a 3D headset port.
     

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