PowerPC mini vs. Dual 867 MDD G4

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by zen.state, Nov 20, 2006.

  1. zen.state macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2005
    I just got a dual 867 MDD powermac very cheap and i'm very happy about it. I also have a Mac mini G4 1.25Ghz.

    One of them must go and I would like some input on which one would be better to keep.

    The mini has a slightly faster bus but the MDD has dual cpu and L3 cache. I know the MDD is more expandable but I want feedback on which system will be better looking forward. I will sell the other.

    Please share any thoughts.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Shadow macrumors 68000


    Feb 17, 2006
    Keele, United Kingdom
    Single threaded-Mini
    Multie threaded-PowerMac.
  3. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2004
    I'm working on a Dual 800 MHz G4. Still running strong after years of use.

    Also, the prices of G4 upgrades can only go down. You might get a sweet deal on one of the new G4s, whereas you can't upgrade the Mac mini's processor.
  4. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

    Dont Hurt Me

    Dec 21, 2002
    Yahooville S.C.
    Both are near obsolete when compared to any new Mac. I would sell both and get a new Mac.
  5. zen.state thread starter macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2005
    you make a good point but I still need a PowerPC Mac for at least the next 2 years.
  6. timswim78 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 8, 2006
    Baltimore, MD
    What are your intentions with the computer? They should make all of the difference in deciding which one to keep.
  7. Mernak macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2006
    Kirkland, WA
    Personally, I would keep the PowerMac just because you can expand it so much, that way you can upgrade it so it doesn't seem so old, it also has a faster (and probably bigger) hard drive. The Mini is nice just because it is really small, but if you have the space I would go for the powermac. There was an article on Low End Mac about this here.
  8. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

    Lord Blackadder

    May 7, 2004
    Sod off
    I'd stick with the dual 867. Are you planning to put any money into it? My sum up on the G4 tower:

    - extremely upgradeable
    - easy to upgrade RAM/hard drive/optical drive/CPU/video card etc.
    - can handle multiple internal 3.5" hard drives
    - faster hard drives
    - slight speed advantage when using dual processor aware apps
    - can be significantly faster than the Mini with CPU/video card/RAM upgrades

    - louder than the Mini
    - slower when not able to use both CPUs (unless you upgrade)
    - physically larger case

    What apps do you run everyday? The mini's hard drive is pretty slow, which negates the CPU speed advantage somewhat, but the dual 867 would really shine with a G4 upgrade from OWC.
  9. AppleIntelRock macrumors 65816


    Aug 14, 2006
    I've seen Intel MMs going for 300 before- go with one of those.
  10. zen.state thread starter macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2005
    I have decided to keep the MDD. Within a year I will upgrade it to a dual 1.6 or dual 1.8 from Sonnet. I have ordered another 1GB of ram (2x512MB) for it and once I get that in there there will be 1.5GB. Thats a good amount for me as I have 1GB on the mini and find it to be a little too little

    I have also just bid on an Nvidia Geforce 4 MX 64MB on ebay. The MDD has a 32MB version of the same card. Looks like I may get the vid card for under 10 bucks. Good price for doubling vram.

    Let the upgrades begin!
  11. sysiphus macrumors 6502a


    May 7, 2006
    Don't spend too much on the Geforce 4 MX--it, UNLIKE the Geforce 4 Ti, is actually slower than a Geforce 3, and is indeed very similar to a Geforce 2. The VRAM improvement would be nice, but I'd simply buy a Ti or a decent Radeon instead...Have fun either way.
  12. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

    Lord Blackadder

    May 7, 2004
    Sod off
    For a video card, I'd recommend getting a PC Radeon 9800 Pro and flashing it to the Mac - you can pick them up cheap pretty much everywhere these days, and it is an easy flash for a beginner if you get the most compatible cards. Check the Strangedogs buyers guide for the Radeon 9800. It will give you full Core Image compatibility and good performance in most games. Good luck!
  13. dmw007 macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6

    Smart choice, a Power Mac G4 is just so much more expandable than a Mac Mini. :)

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