Single, Dual, or Quad: A Poll

Would you rather have: (price stays the same)

  • One 2 gzh G4. (Bus speed is same for all comps)

    Votes: 8 66.7%
  • Two 1 gzh G4s

    Votes: 3 25.0%
  • Four 500 mzh G4s

    Votes: 1 8.3%
  • One 2.8 gzh Pentium 4 running windoze

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Jul 22, 2002
Which would you rather have if everything else in the computer was the same?
ie bus speed, ram, hard drive. and same price:

1 2 gzh G4; 2 1 gzh G4s; or 4 500 mzh G4s.

Please don't complain that there isn't a 2 gzh G4, this is hypthetical.

King Cobra

macrumors 603
Mar 2, 2002
I would like to have a single 2GHz G4. Just having a dual 1GHz or a Quad 500MHz doesn't really mean you are getting 2x or 4x (respectively) the processing power. I think you actually get less.

There was a discussion a while back that discussed how quad processors only give you a double performance increase.


macrumors 68040
Feb 24, 2001
The 2ghz G4. As KC said, dual and quad don't really double or quadruple performance.

Mr. Anderson

Moderator emeritus
Nov 1, 2001
Assuming that the 2 GHz G4 was available, there really isn't a question which one to take.

And given that it was available, I'd spring the extra money for a dual 2 GHz.....



macrumors 68000
Jan 3, 2002
This isn't really a matter of "preference", is it? It's just a matter of sifting through the marketing BS and comparing benchmarks.

Most of us here know that a single 2 ghz G4 (if such a thing were to exist) would be faster than a dual 1 ghz. Apple tries to spin it otherwise but we know better.

A better comparison:

1. Single 2.0 ghz G4
2. Dual 1.4 ghz (2.8 ghz "combined")
3. Quad 0.9 ghz (3.6 ghz "combined")

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