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The PPU specializes in physics calculations. Graphics cards are starting to be limited by system processors. The processors simply cannot handle everything they have to do to keep a game moving as fast as the video card would like to. An example of such a think would be moving water, or shattering glass. A dedicated PPU could potentially offer hundreds of times more performance.

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the G5 powermacs are actually surprisingly quiet- much quieter than their PC equivalents (and a bit cheaper!)
My dual 2.5Ghz G5 Powermac was a very loud system. Things as small as launching Safari would get the fans to spin up to their maximum speed. I also had a GeForce 6800 Ultra and 10,000 rpm drives so they system ran warmer than your average PowerMac. As for cheaper, the Wintel world has moved onto dual core processors, so a single processor PC can easily handle a Powermac at a fraction of the cost. Of course that's a whole different debate, and no point in jacking this thread.

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