the PowerPC Fanclub

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by MUCKYFINGERS, Jan 20, 2006.

  1. MUCKYFINGERS macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2005
    who here still loves powerpc because they just work great? :)

    okay this is a useless thread but i wanted to stand tall for my love for the great PowerPC processor.
  2. nfs2 macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2006
    I love the power PC because i wont be getting an intel mac for at least a year.
  3. smharmon macrumors member

    Jan 26, 2004

    I know I haven't posted in a long while... BUT

    My 486 "worked great" also. Does the intel procs just beat the pants of the powerpc... yes...
  4. johnnybluejeans macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2006
    New York, NY
    The whole Intel vs. PowerPC thing seems to be a rehash of the AppleII vs. Macintosh days..
  5. DeSnousa macrumors 68000


    Jan 20, 2005
    Brisbane, Australia
    I really don't care what chip is used as long as Apple continues to do the great thing they have alway's done. Great hardware and OS. Also along as this new intel chip does not mean a crack to running osx on windows.
  6. MUCKYFINGERS thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2005
    i love intel as the next PC guy and have several intel based machines at home, but ppc still holds a place in my macintosh using career.
  7. smharmon macrumors member

    Jan 26, 2004
    We have too much emotion tied up in our apple products... I know I do!!! But, we have tried to justify the PowerPC for sooo long, and it is nice to see apple move on to something better. I often feel like I have to admit defeat because I have defended the processors and I think others feel the same way. In a way It IS defeat though... the G5 wouldn't couldn't and never will be in an Apple notebook, I am just glad to be getting some up to date hardware releases.
  8. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    No longer logging into MR
    At least you still have AIX.
  9. cliffrouse11bas macrumors regular

    Oct 25, 2005
    I love my old G4 Ibook, but I have to admit it is a little behind time. For $999 what can I expect. I am ready for my new 20" Imac Intel Core Duo.
  10. sixstorm macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2006
    Nashville, TN
    I've had a great experience with my iBook G4, very nice for a laptop that does so much. I'm actually going to my local (45 min drive) Apple store to see just how fast the difference really is.
  11. solvs macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    PowerPC, specifically the G4 and G5, are good chips but are woefully underdeveloped. Motorola dropped the ball on what could have been an amazing chip. IBM had it's chance, but it blew it too. The P4 sucks, but the Pentium M isn't too bad. It was partially based on the better parts of the P3. What Apple is using now, and will use in the immediate future are also derivatives of that technology. So they should be pretty good. Personnally, I'm an AMD fan, but there are plenty of reasons why Apple didn't choose them that have been discussed ad naseum here.

    If there was a better developed chip out there that was PowerPC based that Apple could count on, they would have gone with that.
  12. Macmadant macrumors 6502a

    Jun 4, 2005
    i love powerpc it's sort of got a ring to it "G5" i love saying that but we can't call the ppowermac "G5" anymore :( :( :(
  13. ibilly macrumors regular

    May 2, 2003
    Don't believe what you hear...

    The G5 is far superior to the intel core series at equivalent clocks. The dual core versions of each processor are much faster. IMO, the heat/energy consumption thing is the only thing that the core duo has that trumps the G5. I'm also pretty sure that the G5 is a lot cheaper.

    So I guess you could say that I'm on the PPC side...
  14. Macmadant macrumors 6502a

    Jun 4, 2005
    i knew that all along the only reason they moved was the lack of a laptop G5, its more of apples privite battle with ibm than speeds, i mean they got on the wrong side of steve, and humiliated him by not delivering a 3 ghz powermac, they would have reached 3ghz eventually we all know that
  15. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    And people used to earnestly debate the relative merits of integer and Applesoft BASIC, and then the ][ vs. /// ... Blech, Teh Steve is right, Apple's DNA hasn't changed :p
  16. awulf macrumors 6502

    Mar 1, 2002
    South Australia
    The PowerPC is a better design for many reasons:

    RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computer) i.e. PowerPC vs CISC (Complex Instruction Set) i.e. Intel:
    • RISC have a much simpler instruction set, making the hardware much simpler, faster and cheaper.
    • CISC are easier for compilers to translate a high level programming language to machine code, also makes programs smaller in size.

    The x86 is backwards compatible all the way back to the 8086 from 1978, which makes the x86 awfully complex. The PowerPC 601 is from 1991, which is relatively new.

    Also the PowerPC has a much simpler instruction set compared to the x86, so programming in assembly is much simpler on the PowerPC.

    If as much R&D money were to be poured in the the PowerPC as it has been into the Intel, the PowerPC would be much more powerful, more power efficient and cooler than the Intel, but unfortunately Motorola and IBM aren't willing to spend that money on the PowerPC.
  17. iGary Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    *Proudly throwing up in his mouth a little bit™ for 7 months*
  18. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    Apple moves to x86. Intel removes hardware-based x86 emulation from Itanic.

    What does that tell you?
  19. FFTT macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    I'm suddenly reminded of what smog control engineering did to muscle cars after 1967.

    The Intel switch is a good move for portables, still I can't help but wonder how we'll feel if and when IBM releases their Power5 dual cores.
  20. superbovine macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2003
    once the change over is complete your'll wonder how you lived without an x86.
  21. macmanmatty macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2005
    Make me a member!!! :D In about 3 weeks I will buy a quad to replace my once again shipping damaged powermac.:D :D
  22. Rend It macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2003
    United States
    PA Semi??

    I hope I don't incite a riot, but there's still hope in the PowerPC platform for things besides embedded apps:

    PWRficient Processors from PA Semi

    Yeah, I know they won't sample until later this year, but if they can do what they say at only 5-13 W, who knows? Maybe Apple will switch back, or even better, just start using whatever chip does the job best, since OS X apps will soon be universal binary. Oh, and yes these do have an SIMD vector unit (i.e., Altivec).
  23. spencecb macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2003
    Going along with this idea, wouldn't it be possible for Apple to keep using Intel and PowerPC if they continue to embed the Universal Binary in their Developer's tools? That way the companies that are profficient at writing code for Intel chips will be able to make software for the Mac and have it compatible with PowerPC, and those of us that won't be able to buy a new Mac in the next couple years will be assured contiued support for our PowerPC based Macs.

    Just a thought, but I believe it is one that is quite "do-able" and one that Apple should keep in mind.
  24. MUCKYFINGERS thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2005
    i have a couple of x86 windoze boxes at home but i'm still more satisfied with the performance and reliable of my macs than with them. but of course, im sure x86 will make it more enjoyable.
  25. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    I would like to see the PowerPC chip in a Dell type case for cheap. Perhaps to run Linux.

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