Thread: Powermac G5 & Relevancy in 2012
06-12-2012, 12:20 PM #1Powermac G5 & Relevancy in 2012
With all of the excitement (and some disappointment) with the announcements made by Apple at the 2012 WWDC yesterday...and in the light that I sold my 2009 8-core Mac Pro last week...I thought that I would dig out my old Powermac G5...and see how it would perform.
I have to say that I haven't used this computer in a while...so I wasn't sure what to expect. Specs on the computer:
- Powermac G5 (from 2004-2005) 7-8 years old
- dual 1.8ghz cpu's
- 4 gig ram
- 160gig HD
- OS 10.5.8
- GeForce FX 5200 video card with just 64meg of vram
- built-in Airport
The primary daily tasks I use my computers for are internet surfing, e-mail, instant messaging, and some video chat. The websites I normally frequent are:
- Online investment sites
- Craig's List
- etc., etc.
I got to tell you...I would be hard pressed to see much performance difference between this Powermac G5...and my 17" 2.5ghz core 2 duo MacBook Pro...or even the 8-core Mac Pro I recently sold (for the activities I mentioned above).
Even You-Tube and internet video runs smooth as silk...including the new Apple videos for the new products just announced yesterday!
When you consider that internet surfing & e-mail are the primary activities for many many computer users...and the fact that I saw someone last week buy a very similar Powermac G5 on e-Bay for $55 bucks (usually they sell for more like $125-$150). Folks could sure save a lot of money buying a used computer, versus spending $1500-$2000+ for a 27" iMac or the new MacBook Pro with the retina display.
Of course being a long time computer person...I understand the:
- bragging rights
...of buying & owning the latest model Apple computer.
But you can see the cost gap between a brand new Apple computer ($1500-$2000+), and a 7-8 year-old Powermac G5 ($55-$150)...and the performance gap that the average computer user actually needs...and the amount of performance they actually own in a much newer & more expensive computer.
Of course again...this is primarily for the computing tasks of internet surfing, e-mail, instant messaging, even video chats (tasks most folks do)...I would say a dual-cpu Powermac G5 is just fine...and you certainly cannot beat the price!
If we were talking gaming, video or serious photo editing, running the latest versions of Adobe Creative Suite or Final Cut Pro...a Powermac G5 won't/can't run these apps.
Just something to think about before swiping that credit card or writing that check for $1500-$2000+ for a brand new computer!
06-12-2012, 01:15 PM #2
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I am debating exactly this issue right now. My needs are very limited for 90% of what I do . . . on the otherhand I want some serious power for Photography and Video (not so much of the video so far). And, though the Retina Display is beautiful, not sure it really gains me that much.
As much as I hate to admit it, I am honestly thinking about getting a Windows Desktop for Photography and sticking with Mac and IOS for everything else. (Never thought I would find myself thinking that way).I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .
06-12-2012, 01:43 PM #3
As much as I hate to admit it, I am honestly thinking about getting a Windows Desktop for Photography and sticking with Mac and IOS for everything else. (Never thought I would find myself thinking that way).
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06-12-2012, 06:31 PM #4
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- 12" Apple PowerBook G4 (1.5GHz)
The biggest impediment to a G5 in today's world is software support, from Apple and other developers. The G5 was a hot, hungry beast of a chip, and it copes pretty well if you can find the software for it. Unfortunatley, that basically boils down to Linux, or increasingly outdated versions of OS X.
I personally wouldn't pay a dime for one, but if I had one, I'd have no problem putting it to use. And I think that a big ol' G5 tower has a sort of sexiness and bragging rights that no new off-the-shelf Mac can match.
06-12-2012, 07:31 PM #5
The version of Safari that it runs (5.0.6 from mid-2011) still works great. If it didn't...then that would be a serious negative. I happen to have a lot of software that's 2004-2005 "vintage" to the computer...so I have lots of titles that run great (Office 2004 and Adobe CS3 for example).
I'm thinking that a $100-$125 dollar (or even less) dual-cpu Powermac G5 could fit that niche real nice. The key would be that it already comes (at the time of purchase) with a decent amount of ram already installed...and OS 10.5 on the HD. The whole idea goes down the drain if someone has to spend a couple hundred bucks for ram & an OS 10.5 install disk.
06-13-2012, 06:20 AM #6
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Tenfour fox is a ppc port of Firefox runs great!
06-19-2012, 11:32 AM #7
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timely post indeed. One of my sons might be able to get me a 'free' G5 in the near future. I'd have to buy a monitor, but am looking forward to having a 'spare' Mac to use. I have a 2 yr old iMac for primary computing and so forth, I would use the older one much as you describe; surfing and some light photo editing (the IMac would be my usual platform for photo work).
06-20-2012, 01:26 AM #8
In day to day activities I an tell the difference between the computer that score 18,000 on Geekbench and the G5 which score about 2000. There only times I notice a difference is when watching an HD youtube/hulu/amazon video I can't do anything else or the video gets funky. The same thing with handbrake if I'm handbraking something thats what the computer is doing nothing else is going to happen with any speed while handbraking..
Late model PowerPC are relevant in 2012 and will continue to be relevant going forward especially as Flash is replaced with HTML 5.
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Followed by this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=if11I...ure=plpp_video
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