Should I use my Mac Pro or Power Mac?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by AlexJolly, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. AlexJolly macrumors newbie

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    Hello all. My company owns:
    (1) Power Mac G5 Quad 2.5 Ghz with 6 GB of ram
    (1) mac pro 8-core 2.8 Ghz with 2 GB of ram

    I have two uses:

    Machine (A):
    Audio playback (Reason 3.0)

    Machine (B):
    Audio editing, video editing, 3D design (Sketchup)

    My question...
    Which machine is stronger, faster, more stable (assuming that all software works with both / either machines), and assuming, I could / should match the memory (6 GB in each machine). I've heard mixed opinions from different people about the Mac Pro being better than the Power Mac G5. I don't know much about it, but it seems that the Mac Pro would be best, and I really want to use the machines in the best way possible to maximize speed. What would you do if you were in my shoes?

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    -Alex
     
  2. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    Mac Pro 2.8GHz 8 core will easily out do the Power Mac by 4x-5x.

    No brainer get the Mac Pro!!!
     
  3. AlexJolly thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks. It seemed that simple. One more thing...

    How about as the two machines stand right now? Which would out perform the other? The Power Mac has 6 Gigs of ram and the Mac Pro has 2 Gigs of ram.

    Thanks again.

    -Alex
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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  5. AlexJolly thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Wow. Thanks. I've had it all backwards for some time now. I really appreciate the fast response.

    -Alex
     
  6. MasterNile macrumors 65816

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    I'm just curious, why did you think the Power Mac would be better?
     
  7. AlexJolly thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I was told that the PowerPC processor in the Power Mac was better than the new Intel. It didn't make sense why Apple would go backwards in quality.
     
  8. MasterNile macrumors 65816

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    I see, no, a same speed and same amount of cores PPC vs intel might be close but more often than not the intel will win, and especially with twice as many cores running at .3Ghz faster each.
     
  9. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    To give you an easy way to see the power difference:

    Geekbench scores measures cpu + memory overall speed of the machines.

    Power Mac G5 2.5GHz Quad: 2083

    Mac Pro 2.8GHz 8 core: 7650

    Mac Mini 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo(For fun): 2800

    All ran in 32-bit mode.
     
  10. kevink2 macrumors 6502a

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    might it also depend I. Whether old ppc based apps are being run? If so, and the intel system was using rosetta (and swapping due to less ram), the g5 could be faster then.

    But with universal binaries and same ram, the power mac has little chance.
     
  11. kabunaru Guest

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    And if you want to use Mac OS 10.6, you need an Intel Mac. So, the choice is clear, Mac Pro.
     
  12. NoNameBrand macrumors 6502

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    If you're doing something that requires 5 GB of RAM, your PowerMac will beat your Mac Pro, as the former has 6 GB of RAM while the Mac Pro has but 2 GB.

    Put the same amount of memory in the Mac Pro, and it will win, every time.

    The PowerMac will remain perfectly adequate for many tasks for several more years- up until the liquid cooling fails (ha, ha). Depending on usage, a more power efficient Mac Mini may end up saving your company money if you replace it.
     
  13. QuantumLo0p macrumors 6502a

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    OP-
    Are you serious?!

    If you have to ask then I suggest you stick with the Power Mac then ship me your Mac Pro so I can keep an eye on it for you.
    ;)
     
  14. kabunaru Guest

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    I think the original poster might have PowerPC nostalgia.
     
  15. apfhex macrumors 68030

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    I think this might be what the OP was thinking of. If they're Universal Binaries, then the Mac Pro with 6GB RAM.
     
  16. Hrududu macrumors 68020

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    Okay, this has got me scratching my head. How can a computer with half as many cores, each running 500MHz slower be faster?? Ya the RAM is a little faster, but the system bus in the G5 is much faster than the Mini. I just can't bring myself to believe the Mini can actually outperform a quad G5.
     
  17. kabunaru Guest

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    The PowerMac should be faster than the Mac Mini. Something doesn't add right up here. I hope Geekbench is not reliable. :D
     

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