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Power Mac - CPU Upgrade for G4 "Sawtooth"


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I recently upgraded my G4 350 to a PowerLogix 1.5Ghz CPU. It made a MASSIVE difference. But I was wondering, with the standard G4 logic board, should I have just gone to a 1ghz or similar? Basically, does the bus speed limit the CPU upgrade? Would it be worth going to a 2ghz or would it not be any faster?

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Even with system bus bottleneck a 2GHz processor will be faster than a 1.5GHz processor. However, I don't think it would be worth throwing money at. If you absolutely must have more speed than a 1.5 GHz G4, I'd save my $$ for a G5 or a new intel mac.
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that helps me too thanks guys i am new to macs, but i know in the pc world if you dont have the fsb to go with the cpu you are just making a bottleneck mess and you will dissapointed with your machine when it does only an little better.
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I recently upgraded my G4 350 to a PowerLogix 1.5Ghz CPU. It made a MASSIVE difference. But I was wondering, with the standard G4 logic board, should I have just gone to a 1ghz or similar? Basically, does the bus speed limit the CPU upgrade? Would it be worth going to a 2ghz or would it not be any faster?

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Yes. The bus speed does in fact limit the overall speed of the computer. You can go with a faster CPU but it's just never going to get that much better than you have now. I used to have one of those machines and the bus speed was what made me decide to get a new machine after i went the route you have. Right now your machine is a bout as good as it's ever going to get and you probably would not have seen a large performance gap if you had chosen a 1ghz CPU instead.


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Years ago also had a Gigabit Ethernet upgraded with a Powerlogix CPU upgrade to run leopard. Was okay but very limited. Save your pennies for a Mac Pro/
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