PowerPC iMac vs Intel iMac, performance for Apple Mail

Discussion in 'iMac' started by katewes, Jul 19, 2009.

  1. katewes macrumors 6502

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    I have an iMac PowerPC 1.6 GHz 1GB RAM.

    Would I experience much of a speed increase if I took an opportunity to acquire a 2nd hand iMac Intel 1.83 GHz Core Duo currently 512MB RAM?

    I want to know on which Apple Mail would run faster? i.e. a software that comes with Leopard itself.

    I'm asking this because Apple Mail consists of the vast majority of my daily work used for this machine.
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    If it runs OK on your current machine, I wouldn't upgrade. Mail doesn't need much power so any Mac in past 5 years is fine for it. Have you maxed out RAM in your current Mac? RAM always speeds thing up.
     
  3. zedsdead macrumors 68040

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    If Mail is your big concern, you will be fine with what you have. Has Mail not been running well?
     
  4. katewes thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The only reason for upgrading is that the G5 has been fully written off as a tax deduction, and hence, there's an option to get a further machine. But if there's not going to be a noticeable performance gain for Apple Mail, then there's probably no point. Thanks.
     
  5. Tom Dahl macrumors member

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    The new machine would have a faster processor but only half the memory. I suspect that for various tasks, the newer Mac would be slower than your old one. 512MB is very skimpy!
     
  6. PurrBall macrumors 6502a

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    With my growing Inbox, it was taking hours for Mail to load it all up on a clean install on my G4. When I switched to using Mail on my new iMac, it loaded up in a few seconds.
     
  7. Hellhammer Moderator

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    But your iMac is a beast compared to iMac OP was looking for.
     
  8. zmttoxics macrumors 65816

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    Mail shouldn't have an issue on that machine. Your inbox may be too big. Try emptying it / splitting it up into folders.
     

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