what would be equivilent of mac g3 500mhz to pc?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by knightsky, Oct 17, 2004.

  1. knightsky macrumors newbie

    Oct 17, 2004
    canada eh?
    what would be equivilent of mac g3 500mhz to pc?
  2. tdhurst macrumors 601


    Dec 27, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    Who cares?

    They are two different computers...hard to compare them, especially an old chip like that.
  3. tech4all macrumors 68040


    Jun 13, 2004
    I think to compare a PC processor to a Mac process you have to almost double the speed. Like a 1Ghz G4 would be about a 1.8Ghz P4. I know in a Keynote Steve Jobs calls it the "MHz myth". I think they compared a 867Mhz G4 to a 1.8 Ghz P4, and said that the G4 was about 50% than the P4 at the same task.

    I'm not sure how you would apply this to a G3 but I assume it may have the same idea. I'm sure someone could elebrate on this more. :)
  4. GulGnu macrumors regular

    Apr 6, 2003
    Any speed comparisons out of Apple should be taken with not one, but many grains of salt. Especially the pre-G5 ones, when Apple were desperate to show that they were not lagging behind even as Moto was failing to deliver better chips. Usually, the MacWorld Steve-demos consisted of :

    a) running hand-picked photoshop filters

    b) sometimes using a crippled (PC) version of Photoshop. (It had a bug in it that slowed rendering times)

    c) Not disclosing the configuration and settings of the PC used, beyond processor speed

    and so on... So in short, don't use Apple processor testing of pre G5 hardware for your purchasing descisions ;)
  5. zyuzin4 macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2002
    Eugene, OR

    i would say my iMac g3 500 was comparable to my Duron 800mhz system
  6. 5300cs macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2002
    I don't want to start a fight or anything, but I'm guessing a PII? In the ads for the old G3 notebooks, Apple compared them to PII saying they could run rings around them.

    I'm not up on procs though, so don't flame me if I'm wrong :rolleyes: :D
  7. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    i would also guess a Pentium II its not exact, but a higher end II would probably be the closest to that speed G3
  8. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    I'd guesstimate (sp?) maybe around a PIII 550-650 (and PIII's were good chips!)
  9. cluthz macrumors 68040


    Jun 15, 2004
    I've got these two machines:

    Beige G3@300mhz (oc'ed from 266mhz)
    Ati Rage II+ 6mb
    384mb ram
    Running Jaguar 10.2.8

    Dell Otiplex PII@400mhz
    Ati Rage Pro 4mb
    192mb ram
    Running XP Pro

    The G3 feels almost twice as fast, except browsing where i find the MS IE (pc) is a little faster than Safari/Firefox (mac).
    The Mac has twice the amout of ram.....

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