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Well I put the "other computer" away and am back on my G5. It's quite nice to be using my old friend again!

The interesting part is that the computer with the 18,000 geekbench vs. 2000 for the G5 just isn't noticeably faster in Ps and Ai than my many year old G5. On the web and working in office productivity I don't think there is any difference.

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The interesting part is that the computer with the 18,000 geekbench vs. 2000 for the G5 just isn't noticeably faster in Ps and Ai than my many year old G5. On the web and working in office productivity I don't think there is any difference.
This is because most programs are not written for multiple core computers...and if they are...not many multi-core capable apps. are written well.

I recently sold my 8-core (16 thread) Mac Pro that scores 12,000...and I had the same experiences as you. For "normal" stuff...a big powerful computer with all sorts of cores just doesn't make a difference.

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But, it is interesting to hear the perspective, especially in view of a post you made recently on G5s.
Agree, though, having said that, this conversation is skirting bounds of our community guidelines.

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But, it is interesting to hear the perspective, especially in view of a post you made recently on G5s.
Most definitely. G5's (for some things can still be very useful). That thread was for a dual-cpu Powermac G5. I have a 20" iMac G5 as well (single cpu)...it does a pretty good job with internet (and other things) as well...and I got the G5 iMac for free (just needed an HD)!

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If the caps would have not died in my iMac G5 iSight it would still be doing a good job here. The Intel Mac I own now is faster but it was still very useable.
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This is because most programs are not written for multiple core computers...and if they are...not many multi-core capable apps. are written well.

I recently sold my 8-core (16 thread) Mac Pro that scores 12,000...and I had the same experiences as you. For "normal" stuff...a big powerful computer with all sorts of cores just doesn't make a difference.

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p.s. I'm not REALLY sure why you made this post...when you're mostly talking about your "other" computer. And you know the rules about that!
I made this thread as another way to talk to the threads about C2D iMac vs Core iWhatever, Mac Pro vs iMac, Didn't max out my iMac should I buy more RAM, etc.

This industry tends to tell you that you need to update reasonably often so people think their needs are aligning with the upgrade cycle, when really they're not.

I agree that most programs are not multi threaded, but just one core on the other computer was 4.9Ghz, this thing is 4Ghz in total

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I made this thread as another way to talk to the threads about C2D iMac vs Core iWhatever, Mac Pro vs iMac, Didn't max out my iMac should I buy more RAM, etc.

This industry tends to tell you that you need to update reasonably often so people think their needs are aligning with the upgrade cycle, when really they're not.

I agree that most programs are not multi threaded, but just one core on the other computer was 4.9Ghz, this thing is 4Ghz in total
It's also a different architecture, which will effect many things. So now we're stuck with intel architecture, which means.. if you want to use CS5/5.5/6 you're going to need an intel processor. While potentially not any faster, I can think of things I drastically prefer about 5.5/6 over ohhh say... cs3.

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It's also a different architecture, which will effect many things. So now we're stuck with intel architecture, which means.. if you want to use CS5/5.5/6 you're going to need an intel processor. While potentially not any faster, I can think of things I drastically prefer about 5.5/6 over ohhh say... cs3.
There are things I love about CS 5 and 5.5 but for a VAST majority of what I do CS3 works just fine. The things I do are make banners, fliers, business cards, certificates, design coins etc. nothing really demanding..

Worst case is the money that comes in from the computer that cannot be named goes to a newish MP..

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There are things I love about CS 5 and 5.5 but for a VAST majority of what I do CS3 works just fine. The things I do are make banners, fliers, business cards, certificates, design coins etc. nothing really demanding..

Worst case is the money that comes in from the computer that cannot be named goes to a newish MP..
Exactly, it's always about needs isn't it?

Buying based on 'wants' is a bad thing, if you're deriving income from the venture.

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