slow Quad 2.5 G5 PowerMac

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by malfaris, Mar 27, 2008.

  1. malfaris macrumors newbie

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    today i tried to play HD trailer of ironman 1080p mkv file . through vlc and it keeps stopping and dropping frames infact i didnt see anything and i got the message from vlc "too slow computer". i am encountering the same thing with motion 3, even without rendering just previewing some templets and its very slow. i have leopard with 5g of ram.
    even most pro softwares are not that fast, when i spent around 3700 i expected really fast pc. its ok but i expected more especially when view HD movies.
    thanks for your ideas
     
  2. matt321 macrumors member

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  4. aibo macrumors 6502

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    I think with a gfx card upgrade your computer can handle it, but bear in mind your $3700 computer is from 2005.
     
  5. malfaris thread starter macrumors newbie

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    my graphic card NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT 256mb. so my question can i do anything about it. like will upgrading the graphic card will solve the problem.
     
  6. malfaris thread starter macrumors newbie

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    another question? you guys with the newest mac pro 2.8 xeon is playing 1080p smooth by all means or you have some drops. even if its smooth i feel bad selling my quad g5 coz i think i will lose alot of money.
     
  7. iGrant macrumors 6502a

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    Welcome to the computer market, they deprecate in value, they do not go up in value!!! There are a FEW expectation but they are rare. Almost all computers lose there value during time. You could sell your Quad core and you might get 2000 ~ 2400 for it but it depends.

    Just as an estimate, I just upgraded from a G4 to a Power Mac Dual 1.8Ghz G5, and I only paided 600 bucks for it.

    I would say if you have to be able to do 1080p HD content, sell your Quad G5 and see about getting a new Mac Pro from the 2799 it is. Or you could buy a used one Mac Pro, the 4 core will do what you want and it will also be fast. You really don't need 8 cores unless you are doing professional video editing, etc.

    My Dad has the Quad Core Mac Pro and it can play 1080p content without any problems.

    Just my two cents

    -iGrant
     
  8. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    Mac pro handles 1080p movies like its nothing!! :D

    Even my 17" mbp handles it with ease! :D
     
  9. aibo macrumors 6502

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    my octo 2.8 handles three 1080p movies in quicktime playing simultaneously before the background movie will stutter
     
  10. Porco macrumors 68020

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    I think everyone needs to calm down with the 'your computer is too old' stuff....

    My Dual G5 2.5Ghz PowerMac (older and less powerful than the one quoted above, with a worse video card too) handles 1080p trailers fine... so I think something else might be the problem here.

    Apple's own recommendations for HD video say:

     
  11. malfaris thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks everyone was really helpful. let me be more specific, its ironman trailer, amazing quality thats why its 112mb for just 2:25sec. i think Porco might be right because i remember playing trailer from apple without problem i will try it now. and yes i do alot of editing in Final cut studio 2 thats why i bought the quad. not professional work to be honest but rather as a hobby. and i find motion 3 to be slow. even the rendering in final cut pro isnt what i expected. i would want to wait for the mac pro to come with blu ray burner, i dont know if that coming soon or not.
     
  12. malfaris thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i forgot to mention that i played this trailer with VLC coz quick time dont have this format(mkv). and i got the message " ffmpeg: more than 5 seconds of late video -> dropping frame (computer too slow ?)". also my camcorder canon HV10 record 1080p and playing on this quad no problem but maybe the trailer is higher quality.
     
  13. Lord Zedd macrumors 6502a

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    MKV is a horrible format, No G5 will play a 1080p mkv video.
     

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