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Dual G4 to Single G5


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I'm sure a lot of you out there are enticed to purchase a G5, but should we? I upgraded my Dual 450mhz G4 running OS 9.2(bought off Ebay) to a Dual 1ghz G4/1GB RAM/8500 Radeon/OS 10.2 months ago. I've never owned a new/retail Mac. I am considering getting the "base model"(single 1.6ghz) G5 as my first true retail-purchased Mac. Should I though? I haven't been able to find any benchmarks for the single G5s vs. Dual G4s. I'm sure the G5 would be faster in system bus speed, but would it be a "worth the money" faster? I do amateur video editing. Should I hold off for a year? Any comments are welcome.
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I'm sure a lot of you out there are enticed to purchase a G5, but should we? I upgraded my Dual 450mhz G4 running OS 9.2(bought off Ebay) to a Dual 1ghz G4/1GB RAM/8500 Radeon/OS 10.2 months ago. I've never owned a new/retail Mac. I am considering getting the "base model"(single 1.6ghz) G5 as my first true retail-purchased Mac. Should I though? I haven't been able to find any benchmarks for the single G5s vs. Dual G4s. I'm sure the G5 would be faster in system bus speed, but would it be a "worth the money" faster? I do amateur video editing. Should I hold off for a year? Any comments are welcome.
If you do a lot of video editing, I would stick with the Dual G4 system. From what I can tell, iMovie2 utilizes the capabilities of dual processors. I also have the feeling that amateur video editing programs won't be restructured for use with 64 bit processors for a few months. I guess then the only advantage is a faster system bus and faster processor. But then, if I had the money, I'd buy a G5 anyway.
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From my understanding, the G5 isn't much better than the G4 EXCEPT in dual processor format. So buying a single processor G5 really won't do too much for you compared to what you have now.

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i think it depends on how well panther (a 64 bit OS) works on the 32 bit G4 compared to the 64 bit G5

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Panther's not a 64 bit OS. It's only a 32-bit with 64 bit support.

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It looks like Panther the first version will be 32 bit, must likely the next version say 10.3.1 or 10.3.2 will be 64 bit enabled. I think the next version will include the 64 bit binaries. The problem is will the application be compiled to run and take advance for the 64 bit processor.
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If you do a lot of video editing, I would stick with the Dual G4 system. From what I can tell, iMovie2 utilizes the capabilities of dual processors. I also have the feeling that amateur video editing programs won't be restructured for use with 64 bit processors for a few months. I guess then the only advantage is a faster system bus and faster processor. But then, if I had the money, I'd buy a G5 anyway.
Thanks for the comments. I'll just hold off until Apple's next line-up comes along. Maybe they'll all be Dual G5s by this time next year.....or maybe they'll be a G5 laptop by then.
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Thanks for the comments. I'll just hold off until Apple's next line-up comes along. Maybe they'll all be Dual G5s by this time next year.....or maybe they'll be a G5 laptop by then.
Good move...the base G5 isn't worth getting IMHO. It's got too much "old" technology compared to the higher-level G5's, which aren't too much more $.
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