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Re: PowerMac G5 dual 2.7GHz - reliable?

Unread postby SAQ » Sat May 28, 2011 10:28 pm

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For limited reasons I can see PPC: If you need to run something for Classic then you need it, as the emulators really aren't there yet (and if you get a G4 you can run System 9 natively), or if you need something that demands top PPC performance (maybe something AltiVec optimized).
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Re: PowerMac G5 dual 2.7GHz - reliable?

Unread postby guardian452 » Sun May 29, 2011 5:38 am

I have little to do with video editing but I like to use mathematica. You can see how even the lowly mac air (1.4ghz) will beat the pants off of any G5 here:

I bet the slowest mini of the current generation will beat the fastest quad G5 for anything. Next generation's i-series mini (and probably thunderbolt as well), even more so. an imac will run rings around it. You'll get modern software (with proper support for your sony handycam and it's avchd, aj) and a warranty, and an up-to-date os.

Of course, a powermac is more intimidating/beautiful/bigger than a mini would be sitting on the desk, and it "isn't intel". I also like my bizzare architectures...

Time the systems running the software you want with video from your camera and see which one works out faster. Then decide if the coolness of the G5 is worth the tradeoff in speed and support of a new mini at about the same price. Or an imac.
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Re: PowerMac G5 dual 2.7GHz - reliable?

Unread postby ritchan » Thu Jun 09, 2011 11:35 pm

My dual 1.8 served me very well when I didn't have a desktop PC. I loved it to bits, especially since it was the only RISC workstation I had that was practical as a desktop, and it helped me a lot with my MATLAB homework. But once I had a PC, the dual 1.8 simply wasn't worth more than getting good framerates in Crysis/CoD/any modern game really. So I sold it off to buy a GTX470. Surprisingly (to myself, because I was really into running non-x86 stuff at the time) I don't regret it, and what's more, I don't miss it, because now I never have to search for PPC only versions of software on the net. Nor will I ever have to now that I'm on x86 again.

And whenever I think back about my wonderful experience with the dual G5 I just think of an Intel Mac mini and Minecraft - and Minecraft tips the scales. Of course the Mac mini is much more expensive... less exotic... and doesn't come with a side window... but I've found that even I don't think those are very important features, which is the surprising part.
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Re: PowerMac G5 dual 2.7GHz - reliable?

Unread postby skywriter » Fri Jun 10, 2011 7:23 am

My application is a fixed set of programs I don't need to upgrade or search for. I just bought a cheap dual 2.3 gig to serve as a file front end for a iSCSI RAID, logic 8 virtual instrument work horse. The rest of my macs are recent intel vintage so I don't feel short changed :)

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