Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1
    MBP vs Power Mac G5

    Member Since
    Jan 16, 2008
    Posts
    5
    MBP vs Power Mac G5
    Hey all. Trying to decide what type of computer to buy here. Upgrading from a G4 powerbook (12", 1.5 processor, 1.25GB ram, 100GB 7200rpm HD). I will be using the computer for audio recording (up to 4 simultaneous tracks as of now) with various external firewire audio interfaces.

    I am aware of the firewire issues with the new 2.4 MBP's so those are out of the question. My choices are a 1 year old MBP 15" Core 2 Duo 2.33 model with about a year of apple care left or a PowerMacG5 dual 2.0 (early or june 2004 most likely) with either 2x20" monitors or one 23" monitor. All will have about 2 GB ram. Price aside which would you all go for. Which has the obvious power advantage, dual core or dual processors. Also the MBP will have 256mb video ram, the PowerMacG5 will have either 64 or 128mb. obviously the MBP has the upper hand there.

    Now to add price into the equation. The PowerMac will cost me about $1400 for the setup with monitors. The MBP, about $1900. What would you all do?

    Also, can anyone enlighten me on the differences between different "models" (or production eras) of the PowerMacG5. I know the video cards changed manufacturers and ram size throughout the range. Did anything else change substantially? Is one of the "models" exceptionally better than another (other than the very late quad models). Thanks alot...
    -ian

  2. #2
    MBP vs Power Mac G5
    Village Idiot's Avatar
    Member Since
    Apr 04, 2007
    Location
    Durtburg, WV
    Posts
    2,641
    Specs:
    Sooper Fast!
    Quote Originally Posted by ia02 View Post
    Hey all. Trying to decide what type of computer to buy here. Upgrading from a G4 powerbook (12", 1.5 processor, 1.25GB ram, 100GB 7200rpm HD). I will be using the computer for audio recording (up to 4 simultaneous tracks as of now) with various external firewire audio interfaces.

    I am aware of the firewire issues with the new 2.4 MBP's so those are out of the question. My choices are a 1 year old MBP 15" Core 2 Duo 2.33 model with about a year of apple care left or a PowerMacG5 dual 2.0 (early or june 2004 most likely) with either 2x20" monitors or one 23" monitor. All will have about 2 GB ram. Price aside which would you all go for. Which has the obvious power advantage, dual core or dual processors. Also the MBP will have 256mb video ram, the PowerMacG5 will have either 64 or 128mb. obviously the MBP has the upper hand there.

    Now to add price into the equation. The PowerMac will cost me about $1400 for the setup with monitors. The MBP, about $1900. What would you all do?

    Also, can anyone enlighten me on the differences between different "models" (or production eras) of the PowerMacG5. I know the video cards changed manufacturers and ram size throughout the range. Did anything else change substantially? Is one of the "models" exceptionally better than another (other than the very late quad models). Thanks alot...
    -ian
    The C2D chip is going to be cooler and more efficient I believe.

    I use a 2.16 C2D MBP with 2gb of ram for recording. I usually record with 7 inputs at a time when I do drums.

    1 Snare
    3 Toms
    1 Kick
    2 Area mics.

    No hiccups as of yet.
    Chaotic Evil, Level 1 IT-Tech

    Slough Roast Blog
    Capitol Sound Blog

  3. #3
    MBP vs Power Mac G5

    Member Since
    Mar 30, 2004
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    4,744
    Specs:
    12" Apple PowerBook G4 (1.5GHz)
    http://lowendmac.com/ppc/index.shtml

    The Core 2 Duo would be slightly faster than G5s, whether dual-core or dual-CPU. The G5's hard drive(s) would probably be faster, unless you go with a 7200RPM drive in the laptop.

    The MBP's video would indeed be better, but unless you'll be doing some gaming on the side, it doesn't really matter.

    There are specs for all of the G5 models at
    http://lowendmac.com/ppc/index.shtml
    As well as on the Apple support site.

  4. #4
    MBP vs Power Mac G5

    Member Since
    Jan 15, 2008
    Posts
    6
    What are the firewire issues he is talking about with the new 2.4 mbps?

  5. #5
    MBP vs Power Mac G5
    D3v1L80Y's Avatar
    Member Since
    Feb 02, 2004
    Location
    PA
    Posts
    12,456
    Specs:
    MacBook
    Quote Originally Posted by Studio 8o5 View Post
    What are the firewire issues he is talking about with the new 2.4 mbps?
    I have no idea.
    __________________________________________________
    Posting and YOU|Forum Community Guidelines|The Apple Product Cycle|Forum Courtesy

    mac: a waterproof raincoat made of rubberized fabric
    MAC: a data communication protocol sub-layer, also known as the Media Access Control
    Mac: a brand name which covers several lines of personal computers designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc.


  6. #6

  7. #7
    MBP vs Power Mac G5
    fleurya's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 18, 2006
    Location
    Anytown, USA
    Posts
    4,925
    Specs:
    27" iMac 2.7GHz Core i5, iPhone 4S, 3rd gen iPad
    hmm, I wouldn't click on a link with "gearslutz" as the name of the site. Spammer??
    "Give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others"

  8. #8
    MBP vs Power Mac G5

    Member Since
    Jan 16, 2008
    Posts
    5
    Quote Originally Posted by fleurya View Post
    hmm, I wouldn't click on a link with "gearslutz" as the name of the site. Spammer??
    Gearslutz is a VERY VERY popular audio recording/music forum. The link is NOT spam. Do a google serarch, you'll see....

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Intel Pro Mac lost power unable to power on
    By bjr001 in forum Apple Desktops
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 06-09-2014, 06:49 PM
  2. MBP power adapter
    By mknabster in forum Apple Notebooks
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 02-10-2010, 01:20 PM
  3. MBP 15 power problems?
    By wly101 in forum Apple Notebooks
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 10-03-2009, 08:17 AM
  4. Replies: 4
    Last Post: 05-03-2009, 09:09 PM
  5. Power Mac G4 (mirrored drive 8570) Won't Power On
    By j9fleri in forum Apple Desktops
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 10-07-2008, 04:58 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •