Your top 5 PowerPC Macs

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Lil Chillbil, Jul 11, 2012.

  1. Lil Chillbil macrumors 65816

    Lil Chillbil

    Jan 30, 2012
    As far as I know there has never been a thread like this so I took shot in the dark here forgive me if there is one. Post your top 5 favorite PowerPC based macs you don't have to name all of the specs of each ccomputer just its processor speed before the title.

    1. 2ghz Power Mac G5
    2. 1.25ghz Mac Mini G4
    3. 1ghz imac G4
    4. 1.62ghz Powerbook G4
    5. 400mhz imac G3
  2. Zeke D macrumors 65816

    Zeke D

    Nov 18, 2011
    If the thread is for the ones we own, the list would be:

    1. eMac 1Ghz
    2. PM G5 DP2.0Ghz
    3. iBook G4 1.25Ghz
    4. PM G4 700Mhz DA
    5. iMac G3 600Mhz

    If the thread is for PPC I would want, here ya go:

    1. Any DP MDD
    2. Any iMac G4 >= 1.25Ghz
    3. G4 Mac Mini 1.5Ghz
    4. eMac 1.42Ghz
    5. Any Quicksilver >= 900Mhz
    6. A cube would be neat, but I wouldn't use it.
  3. drorpheus macrumors regular

    Nov 20, 2010
    1. G5 Dual 2.7
    2. G5 Quad 2.5
    3. G5 Dual 2.3
    4. G5 Dual. 2.0
    5. G5 FTW
  4. Goftrey macrumors 68000


    May 20, 2011
    Wales, UK
    I haven't put the CPU speed as regardless of the specs, all of these machines are just great.

    1. PowerMac G5
    2. PowerBook G4 17"
    3. Snow iMac G3
    4. PowerMac G3 AIO (Looking to buy one)
    5. 20" iMac G4
  5. Zeke D macrumors 65816

    Zeke D

    Nov 18, 2011
    Is this something different from a regular G3 iMac or the teal G3 PM?

    Never mind, I wiki'd it.
  6. tayloralmond, Jul 11, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2012

    tayloralmond macrumors 6502

    Mar 26, 2009
    Michigan, USA
    Here's my list:

    5) iMac G3: The iMac G3 is easily one of my favourites because it's the product that saved Apple from extinction.

    4) PowerMac G5 Quad: The fastest PowerPC based Macintosh ever made.

    3) PowerMac G4 MDD: The powerful G4's ever produced, they were highly dependable, and the 1.42GHz models are easily overclock-able (I overclocked mine to 1.5GHz in 5 minutes and it's 100% stable).

    2) PowerMac G4 Cube: Apple's well-remembered (abeit flopped) attempt at a powerful, attractive, and spatially responsible Macintosh.

    1) Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh: Some may disagree with this as my number one. Many considered this computer to be a symbol of everything that was wrong with the company at the time before Steve's return. I agree that the TAM is that in some regards, but in terms of futuristic design, Jonathan Ive did extraordinary work when designing this computer. Its design elements (all in one design, simplistic cable hookups, etc.) are easily noticed in the future iMacs (although I never understood the reason for the tiny trackpad built into the TAM's keyboard). Also, the TAM is extremely rare so I always wanted to get one before they start disappearing for good.


    Honorable Mention
    PowerBook G3 Pismo: The most expandable "new world" Apple laptop.
  7. GermanyChris macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
    I wasn't going to play but OK..

    I like the quad because it's special…

    I like the G4 iMac for the same reason

    I also like the cube for the same reasons

    the rest are cool but not really my thing, though I am on a quest to find a decent MDD.
  8. Starfighter macrumors 6502a


    Jun 17, 2011
    My list includes both wanted and some that I own, luckily for me I at least own the top three! :)

    5) iMac G4

    4) Power Mac G4 (an MDD)

    3) PowerBook G4

    2) iMac G3 (Snow)

    1) Power Mac G5

    The gorgeous iMac G5 would be on this list if my last one didn't break my heart with all its problems and the cube would also be on it if I thought I'd have a use for it.
  9. stiligFox macrumors 65816


    Apr 24, 2009
    #1 PowerBook G3 pismo
    Have owned:
    #2 Bondi blue G3 iMac
    #3 iBook G4 800mhz
    Want to own:
    #4 PowerMac G5
    #5 PowerBook G4
  10. zen.state macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2005
    1. My custom painted 7448 powered Sawtooth
    2. Any Sawtooth
    3. Quicksilver
    4. Xserve G4
    5. MDD
  11. quasinormal macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2007
    Sydney, Australia.
    2.3Ghz dual core Powermac g5

    15" +17" 1.67Ghz HR Powerbook

    500mhz g3 ibook

    17" g4 imac

    Dual 2.3ghz xserve

    Still own the two powerbooks, the ibook, and the xserve, but have never used a 2.3ghz powermac.
  12. Aameiel macrumors regular


    Jan 22, 2011
    Cape Coral, FL
    1. iMac G4 20"
    2. Quick Silver
    3. all G5's
    4. Mac Mini's
    5. Pismo
  13. Hastings101 macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2010
    My five favorites:

    Ones I currently own or have owned:
    1.2 Ghz G4 eMac, my first Mac :)
    20" G5 iMac, don't have the machine to check anymore so don't know the processor speed.
    2.3 Ghz Powermac G5

    The other two would be:
    Powerbook 17", love the way these look but I expect they're close to useless now so I probably will never buy one.
    iMac G4, same as above, love the design. I almost bought one as my first Mac but the eMac was a better deal.
  14. Lil Chillbil thread starter macrumors 65816

    Lil Chillbil

    Jan 30, 2012
    I only half way agree with you on powerbook g4s being useless
    I agree with you if you are talking about the earlier pre gigahertz model powerbooks But the 1ghz models and above are still going to be plenty useful running leopard until around 2017 when safari and firefox will be about as useless as internet explorer mac is nowadays. Trust me I just bought my 1.33ghz powerbook g4 and I plan to use it all through high school and 1 year after that
  15. Davy.Shalom macrumors 6502


    Dec 23, 2008
    These are the ones I own, but I've always wanted a Clamshell iBook and an MDD.

    1) G4 cube 450 MHz.
    2) G5 dual core 2.3
    3) iMac G4
    4) PowerBook G4 12" 1.5
    5) iMac G3 snow
  16. wobegong Guest

    May 29, 2012
    5) PM G5 2.7Ghz - For getting closest to Steve's 3Ghz promise
    4) iMac 20" G4 - So cool and beautiful
    3) G4 Cube - iconic
    2) Mini - For being the best media hub in the world IMO (and still so)
    1) PM G4 Dual 1.42Ghz MDD - For being my very first Apple :D
  17. ixodes macrumors 601


    Jan 11, 2012
    Pacific Coast, USA
    My single most favorite PPC Mac of all...

    I still have it, use it, and it looks like new...

    My 1Ghz Late 2002 Titanium PowerBook G4

    Call me crazy, but it's a keeper that is priceless :D

    My Quadra & others were nice, but my PB Ti ... Wow!
  18. 666sheep macrumors 68040


    Dec 7, 2009
    1. iMac G4
    1. Cube (ex aequo)
    3. Clamshell
    4. PowerBook G4 17"
    5. MDD

    Normally I'd put a TAM on the list, but above are my favorites of these I have or had. As you can see, I prefer design over specs :D
  19. Hrududu macrumors 68020


    Jul 25, 2008
    Central US
    1. PowerMac G4 Cube
    2. iMac G4
    3. Titanium PowerBook G4
    4. Power Macintosh 9600
    5. Power Macintosh 6500/Performa 6400
  20. jbarley macrumors 68040


    Jul 1, 2006
    Vancouver Island
    I've got 3 working Cubes, 1 stock and 2 with upgrades, also have a white G4 iBook, my first Mac, the one which got me started down this slippery slope.
    But I have to tell you, my all time favorite, the one I use all day every day is my G5 PowerMac.
    Even with it's 9 fans (10 since I've upgraded the video card), it sits on my desktop and I swear most of the time it is just as quite as any of my G4 Cubes.
    I'm totally in love with this G5 powermac.
  21. Hrududu macrumors 68020


    Jul 25, 2008
    Central US
    Pretty remarkable how few pre-G3 Macs are listed here. I guess I'm not really that surprised, but there were a lot of really interesting Power Macs and Performas with PowerPC chips in them.
  22. alexreich, Jul 12, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2012

    alexreich macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2011
    Favorites that I own:
    1. PowerMac G5 (single) 1.8GHz
    2. iMac G3 500MHz
    3. Sawtooth PowerMac G4 450MHz
    4. Sawtooth PowerMac G4 400MHz (pretty much the same as the above machine, but might as well list it because I own it)

    Ones that I'd like to own:
    1. 2.0GHz DP PowerMac G5 (as a replacement for my current G5)
    2. 1.67GHz PowerBook G4 (such a slick machine, still useful to this day!)
    3. 1.42GHz DP PowerMac G4 (as a replacement for my current G4)
    4. iMac G4 20" 1.42GHz (just because it looks cool, and I could use one as a media player on the kitchen counter)
    5. PowerMac G4 Cube (it looks so cool!...though I would have to upgrade the s#*t out of it before it could be useful in day-to-day life)
  23. Macman756 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 24, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    Alright kiddo,

    I'd say

    1. Cube
    2. 20" iMac G4
    3. Slot loading iMac
    4. MDD
    5. G5 Tower
  24. Dane D. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 16, 2004
    1. Blue and White G3, at least the one I use daily at home. Love the after market cpu, 1.1Ghz with 1GB RAM. Run 10.4.6 most of the time on a 80GB HD and re-boot into 9.2.2 on a separate 12.66GB HD. Took out zip drive and added another 80GB, HD. PCI USB 1.1/2 Card with one bad port and remaining 2-ports to 500GB HDs and one-port with USB extension cable to read USB devices. My video card is an ATI Radeon PCI 9200. A 19-inch CRT LaCie Flat- screen, Logitech 2.1 speaker system.
    2. PowerPC 8600/200, talks to our Fiery RIP and EPSON 24-inch printer
    3. Ti 667Mhz G4, use as a note taking device in meetings.
    4. G4 Audio/467Mhz, died, power supply quit.
    5. 600Mhz G3 iMac, still have 4 units.

    Something about the "snappy" feel of OS 9. Each is good at something and are O.K. for serving as additional HD space via the network.
  25. zen.state macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2005
    I have a big love for the 8600/9600 and the 6400/6500 and have owned all of them. Once I was on G4's though I never looked back.

    For me the G4 is the ultimate chip and will be for years so I am married to the Sawtooth now. In terms of PowerMacs Apple made the best hardware ever from 1996 to 2002 in my opinion. From the 8600 to the Quicksilver is the most reliable Apple hardware.

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