07-13-2012, 02:30 PM
Originally Posted by Bicycleman
There's probably an obvious answer to this, but my original question was, will the Imac 2.7 be appreciably quicker than the G5 for what I want to do? And will it definitely be able to run the 30" Apple Cinema display in addition to its built-in 20"?
I'm a very technically minded person...and there are lots of "ins & outs" when it comes to "is computer A faster than computer B?".
When older computers are running older versions of software...these old computers can still be very fast...because they are running software that is "vintage" to the computer.
With that being said...what I think a better question would be is..."Will a 2011-2012 iMac running CS5 or CS6 and OS 10.7.x...be appreciably quicker than an older G5 computer running CS2 with OS 10.4.11?"
This is a hard question to answer. Assuming we are working with Photoshop files...we would have to be:
- working with EXACTLY the same files (size & complexity)
- asking asking each computer (old G5 and new iMac) to have Photoshop make the same modifications to a file (maybe some sort of rendering)
- then have both computers side by side
- get the stopwatch out
- click "go" on both computers at the same time
- see which computer finishes first
This would tell us which computer was truly faster...doing the Photoshop task they were asked to do.
But...lets look at this computer purchase from another standpoint. We are comparing a 2003-2004 computer to a 2011-2012 computer. In the almost 9 years that separate these two computers...there have been TONS & TONS of advancements, MANY features have been introduced into the latest OS version, and a 2011-2012 iMac is CERTAINLY going to be MUCH more hardware compatible with todays devices (iPhones, iPods, iPads, printers, special input devices, etc.).
Also...graphics hardware has advanced TREMENDOUSLY since the G5 Mac's (not sure if we're talking a G5 iMac or Powermac G5). So this alone will most likely GREATLY speed up any Photoshop or Illustrator project.
I think what I'm trying to say is...I hardly think you will be disappointed if you purchase a new iMac & a newer version of Adobe Creative Suite.
Yes there will be some differences in the OS (going from OS 10.4.11 to OS 10.7.x). But since you are very familiar with the Mac OS...I'm sure this is nothing that can't be dealt with.
With a 2003-2004 G5, running CS2 & OS 10.4.11...you've got to be running into some bottlenecks & roadblocks in terms of compatibility (software & hardware)...so EVENYUALLY...you need to upgrade!
At this point your choices are:
- buy a newer (but still used Mac computer)
- buy a new model Mac
- stick with what you got