PowerPC :: Upgrade Powermac Dual 1ghz QS To Mac Mini?

Dec 13, 2007

Wondering if it makes sense to sell my QS dual 1ghz and get a Mac Mini C2D or upgrade the QS with a faster video card (Ati 9800 pro, about $120 on ebay). The QS already has a fast HD and 1.5gb ram. Looks like either option would be about the same price. I won't need to upgrade either Mac in the future, it will be the home Mac (A new Mac Pro after 1/15 will be my main Mac at work).

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PowerPC :: How To Upgrade Powermac G5 Dual 2ghz

May 14, 2008

how do i add an additional hard drives to my G5 tower, what type of drive is needed? Is there a max limit to the the drive i can use like the G4's? What type of memory do I need to buy, and lastly, how do i determine what series fo Dual G5 do I have? It seems as if there was a 2003 and a 2005 produced G5 dual 2.0 GHZ model.

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PowerPC :: Mac Mini C2D Vs PowerMac G5 Dual 2.0

Jan 1, 2008

I'm kicking around the idea of switching my Rev. A PowerMac G5 Dual 2.0 for a Mac Mini Core 2 Duo 2 Ghz with 2 Gigs of RAM. I'm wondering if I would take a big performance hit with the switch to this machine when compared to my current workstation (most likely not, but hey I ask anyways). I am looking for something with a small footprint that's quite and basically is not a furnace with computing features inside that sucks power like a maniac. It's worth mention that I am on a budget as well(Macs here in Argentina are expensive as hell). As it is right now, if I do a feature to feature comparison, I would be getting DL DVD burning, Airport, and Bluetooth, something that my PowerMac G5 is lacking.

Its worth noting that the PowerMac has 1 Gig of RAM, the stock Radeon 9600 with 64 MB of RAM, but does have a 250 Gig HD. I regurlarly use Photoshop CS3 (working mostly with A3 sized files @ 300/600 DPI), Illustrator, in Design, Dreamweaver, some Flash. Of course the run of the mill, Web browsing/email checking along with IMing and iTunes activities. So what you guys think? You think a trade of my ol' faithful PowerMac from 2003/2004 to a top of the line mac mini would be a good idea?

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PowerPC :: Replace Powermac 2.5 / 2.7 Dual G5 With Mini

May 4, 2008

replace powermac 2.5 / 2.7 dual g5 with mini Has anyone here done this?

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PowerPC :: PowerMac G4 1.42 Dual Or Second Hand Intel Mini

Aug 23, 2010

I am a Graphic/Web Designer. Currently I have a dual 867mhz G4 that doesn't cut it. I can go all out and bring the machine up to dual 1.42 G4, 2gb ram, Radeon 3850, etc etc... BUT Before I lay out the money for it, would it be worth going for a second hand intel mini? The gpu in them I know is terrible but that aside does anyone have experience of the performance between the two when running; Adobe Photoshop, In-Design, Illustrator and Dreamweaver CS3 as well as Inkscape and GIMP and occasionally Google Sketchup. I'm not bothered about noise etc, only the performance difference.

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PowerPC :: Need New Video Card On Dual 1Ghz G4

Nov 10, 2010

my video card went out on one of my G4 towers. [URL] The card that was in it was an Nvidia GeForce 2 MX and it ran Leopard 10.5.8 pretty nicely. I figured I might as well get a better card and see if it runs smoother. Can I put an Nvidia GeForce 4 MX in, or do I even want to? I want a good video card, preferably with an ADC connector as I still use my original monitor.

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PowerPC :: G4 Dual 1GHZ Over Ibook G3 800MHZ

Jun 25, 2007

I have been viewing the forums for the past few months and have finally joined MacRumors as I have purchased an ibook G3 (first mac). I love it to death, it is so portable and even runs like a champ considering it is almost 4 years old. The ibook has a 800MHZ G3 processor along with maxed out ram at 640MB. Anyway I am planing on buying an TV before school starts up again and would like to encode my dvds to h.264. I was wondering if my computer can handle this task. BTW I would need to buy a dvd drive for my computer along with an external HDD. My other option is to buy a friends Powermac G4 with dual 1GHZ processors(he is selling it at $250) it already has a dvd drive and two 200GB HDD so that will save me ~ 150. As I am new to macs and would like to know if the Powermac will significantly make a difference in encoding times or should I just stick with my ibook and save the $100?

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PowerPC :: G4 Dual 1Ghz Heatsink Alternative?

Jun 26, 2008

I have been searching high and low for a alternative heatsink for a dual 1Ghz G4 CPU. I just got this chip off Ebay, but by dual heatsink, that works with a dual 533Mhz, won't fit. And I can't find anyone who is selling just the heatsink.

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PowerPC :: Upgrade 2gb Of Ram In 17" G4 1gHz?

Aug 30, 2006

I have a 17" PowerBook G4 1gHz with 1gb of ram currently installed (2x512). Technically this is the maximum ram for this computer according to Apple. I have heard I can upgrade to 2gb (2x1gb) and the reason for the limitation in the original spec was the 1gb ram stick for PowerBooks did not exist when the computer was released.

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Hardware :: 2009 Mac Mini VS Dual 2.7 PowerMac G5 - Is Better In Every Way

Jul 18, 2009

I don't want to spend much on a replacement for it. I am looking at the entry level Mac Mini. According to the Mactracker app, the entry-level Mac Mini has a benchmark score of 2782, while my 4-year old G5 powerhouse sits at a 2245 benchmark. Is it really possible that the little Mac Mini is actually faster than my Power Mac G5? This may be a silly question to even ask, but I just thought that there would be SOME advantages that my machine would have over the little guy. Can anyone think of any drops in speed that I might encounter if I went with the Mac Mini? My main purpose for using my Mac is for pro audio; Logic Pro and such. Would I be taking any kind of speed hits, I don't know, with bus speed or cache or some other little thing that I am not taking into consideration?

Here are a few things that I have considered or pondered: I know that the new Mac Mini can support dual monitors, so I can use my existing Samsung monitors, which is great (what kind of connectors does that Mac Mini have, I wonder?). One thing I noticed is that the SuperDrive on the Mac Mini is 8X, instead of the 16X speed of my G5's. I don't really care about that though, how often does one really burn discs? I know I don't do it frequently..................

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PowerPC :: EMac 1.42ghz Versus Powermac G5 Dual 2.0ghz Versus G5 Dual 1.8ghz?

Nov 24, 2009

I like eMacs but the G5 looks sooo nice. I know I probably won't be able to use any for very long but whatever. What is the best?

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PowerPC :: PowerMac G5 Dual-Core/Add Another CPU?

Nov 18, 2006

I've got a PowerMac G5 dual-core 2GHz box. Can I add another dual core CPU to get a quad-CPU system?

Forgive me for not wanting to open the case and look for myself, but it lives in a little hole that is hard to get out of b/c of all the cables and stuff... just wondering if anyone knows off the top of their head if the motherboard has another slot...

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PowerPC :: PowerMac G5 1.8 Dual Core Max Upgrades

Oct 3, 2010

i have just bought a PowerMac g5 1.8 Dual core its the model with 8 ram slots, and i want to upgrade the graphics card to the best one possable that the mac can take but i dont know which ones are compatible i know its AGP but other than that i have no idea what im looking for!!!

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PowerPC :: Powermac G5 Dual-core 2.3 Versus Mac Pro 2.66 V. MBP 2.16

Dec 31, 2006

i'm sure someone has experience here, but how does powermac G5 dual core 2.3 compare to MBP CD 2.16... and how does Mac Pro 2.66 compare to them?

i'm especially interested in processing photographs... not necessarily in photoshop as the CS2 comparison is kinda biased, and CS3, well, if you have those data, it's very welcomed.

i'm sure MacPro 2.66 will out perform the former two by far, but by how far? and will PMG5DC out perform MBP CD 2.16 or the other way?

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PowerPC :: Dual 2.0 Powermac G5 Suddenly Shuts Down

Mar 1, 2007

I have a Dual 2.0 Powermac G5 that has been shutting down without notice. It first started doing this every couple of days. I'd have to let the computer sit for a few hours before it would run again. Now it does it more and more frequently and stays running ofr less and less time. As of now, it will only stay on for 15 minutes before suddenly shutting down.

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PowerPC :: Powermac G5 2.3Ghz Dual Core

Oct 15, 2008

I'm new to this forum, just registered and you've helped me before with some of my mac issues.. Recently, I was offered a Powermac G5 2.3 Ghz dual core. I'm interested but I want to know if the machine is worth paying for, he was asking $1700.00 AUD.

Here are the specs.
* 2.3GHz Dual PowerPC G5 processor
* 1.15GHz frontside bus
* 512k L2 cache
* 2.5 Ghz RAM (400MHz DDR2 PC3200U DDR SDRAM Memory)
* 300GB Serial ATA hard drive
* 16x SuperDrive (double-layer) DVD Burner
* 4 Firewire port PCI-X Expansion card
* Two open PCI-X expansion slots
* ATI RADEON 9650 Video Card with 256MB of GDDR SDRAM

* 1x FireWire 800 port
* 2x FireWire 400 ports (one on front)
* 4x USB 2.0 ports (one on front)
* 2x internal SATA hard drive bays

* Optical digital audio input/output
* Analog line-level input/output
* Front headphone minijack and speaker
Upgradable to 8Gb RAM and 2-3 Terabyte of Hard Drive

I was told its a good, non-problematic machine. Are they telling the truth. I am also planning to check it out, what should I check or watch out for.

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PowerPC :: Dual 2GHZ Powermac G5 Turning Itself Off?

Feb 2, 2009

I've bought a dual 2Ghz powermac G5 secondhand, and bought a new drive and installed 10.4.3 and updated to 10.4.11, the fans where always on full blast so i searched the forums and ran the Thermal Calibration utility, everything seemed fine for a week. Then it started turning itself off with a click from the power supply after i left it on all night while downloading.

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PowerPC :: Best Graphic Cards For Powermac G5, Dual 2.5 Ghz From 2004?

Aug 13, 2008

I have a powermac G5, dual 2.5 ghz from 2004. I was wondering what the best graphics card upgrades are. I currently have an nvidia Geforce 6800 ultra, but I really want something with more vram

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PowerPC :: Using G4 PowerMac GW800 Dual Core Graphics?

Aug 20, 2008

does anyone know what the largest gfx card i can put in this machine? (agp)

radeon 9600 256mb is the largest one ive found that i compatible :S

i just bought the powermac from a work colleague for �120 with a 19" apple lcd (not a bad price) 2gb ram, 1.42 x2 PPC and im going to put 2x WD Caviar Blue 500gb HDD's in (using it as a home media center and torrent box)can anyone help me with regards to the gfx situation?

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PowerPC :: Video Card Upgrade On G4 PowerMac 400Mhz?

Apr 16, 2007

I have a G4 PowerMac 400Mhz running OS 10.4.8. The graphics seem a bit slow at times and I was wondering if upgrading the video card from the current ATI 16MB to a GeForce2 32MB would help? I have 1GB of memory so I know I am good there.

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PowerPC :: PowerMac G5 (late 2004) Graphics Card Upgrade

Jul 9, 2008

So my mom's G5 (single 1.8) graphics card just pooped out on us.

Lot's of multi-colored lines show up on the screen at the same time and it never boots into OS X. Ran the CD Apple hardware test and the only error i got back was the video memory. So we're thinking about getting a new video card.

It has the factory card still in it and I can't really decide what kind of card needs to be purchased. I've been hunting around the internet and have found numerous conclusions that all seem to differ.

It's basically an AGP 8x slot. We don't need anything fancy just a replacement. There's an auction on ebay right now for the current card (nVidia GeForce FX 5200) but the auction has two in it and we only need one.

but anyway, if anyone could lead me in the right direction i'd really love to get my mom's mac up and running again.

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PowerPC :: Powermac 1.8 G5 (2004) Versus 3.06 Imac (2009) - Should I Upgrade?

Apr 10, 2009

I'm still hanging in there with my powermac g5 from 2004 (dual 1.8 g5, 2gb ram, ati 9800xt 256mb).

I do a lot of photo processing, and some video editing. This summer i'll be upgrading my SLR (10mp to 15mp), and I'll also be shooting 720p 30fps video.

I'm thinking I should upgrade my computer the same time as the camera. The g5 has leopard and CS3, Apeture, Final cut pro. these programs are really chugging along (sigh, the g5 used to be SOOO fast).

SO my question is... will the new imac (3.06, 4gb ram, ATI HD) be a noticeable bump in performance, worth the upgrade? Also, how much should I sell my g5 for (including the aluminum 20" apple cinema display).

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PowerPC :: Mac-Mini 2.0ghz Vs. Powermac G5 2.5ghz X2

Jun 15, 2008

Our old powermac died recently (G5 2.5ghz x2), the cost to repair was quoted at 850$, which is roughly the same price as a new Mac-Mini 2.0ghz. Just wondering how the performance of new mini compares to the 4 year old powermac? A new powermac is out of the question right now.

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Mac Pro :: Dual 1Ghz MDD As Main Work Computer

Mar 17, 2008

I am about to acquire a dual 1ghz MDD powermac g4 and was thinking of turning it into my main work computer. I do graphic design and own licenses to both cs2 and cs3. I also have retail versions of tiger and leopard. My question is what combination would be reasonable with this machine and if its reasonable using hardware this old for print design. I am not pro or a demanding user, but I do a fair amount illustrator, photoshop, and indesign work.

File sizes almost always well under 100mb. Right now I am using a Macbook Pro and I am aware that its much faster than this Power Mac, but I really would appreciate something I can have multiple hds in. It has 1gb of ram, and a radeon 9600 video card. Its also the non firewire 800 version. (2002)

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Power Mac :: Have A G4 Dual 1GHz, Recently It Cannot Boot, Goes To The Black Screen

May 2, 2012

My G4 recently will not boot. I get the chime, it starts to boot, but almost never completes before I get the "you must restart you Mac" screen.I have the correct hardware test disc. I started using that two days ago. It still has not completed testing the logic board and the system is unresponsive. I guess that means the board is fried?

PowerMac, Mac OS X (10.4.11), G4 Quicksilver, 1Ghz dual processor

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PowerPC :: Dual 1.25 GHz PowerPC G4 - Upgrade Compatibility?

Oct 20, 2008

I curently have 10.3.9 with a PowerPC G4 dual w/ 1.25 processors and 2 gig of ram. I want the highest upgrade I can get that will be compatibe with my software which is:

Quark 6.5
Acrobat 7.1
Acrobat Distiller 7.0
Illustrator CS1
Photoshop CS1
Microsoft Office (don't know what version but I've had it for years)

I really can't afford to go buy all the software again and I don't want my system to crash. Any suggestions?

This upgrade is mostly spawned due to the recent purchase of a new iPod Nano... Not supported by my current OS! Man, I didn't read the requirements, shame on me. However, the dang thing will work on my kid's PC w/ XP Pro. I only got the Nano cause it's mac - he wanted the Zune that ONLY works w/ PC.

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PowerPC :: Hard Drive Upgrade On Dual G4 PM

Oct 18, 2006

I need to add another hard drive to my dads Dual 1.0 PowerMac G4. how large of a hard drive can i add easily to this machine? its running Tiger.

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PowerPC :: Old Dual 2.0 G5 Faster Than New 2.66 Mini?

Dec 5, 2009

I've tried searching but this is somewhat of an unusual comparison. I've got an older Dual 2.0 PowerMac G5 w/ 3GB RAM, upgraded 1TB WD HDD. I use PS4, LightRoom, iWeb, iPhoto, iDVD, and it is also dual monitor out to a projector in my home theater. Upgrading to a new MacPro would be ideal but I can't spend $2300+ right now.

How do you think the new 2.66 mini w/ 4GB RAM compares to this old G5? I think the new mini can do dual monitor output. Other than that the mini would seem to suit my needs for faster CPU.

Can anyone give an opinion and/or point me to where I can read about this type of comparison?

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PowerPC :: Power Mac Dual G5 Versus Mac Mini Core 2 Duo

Feb 15, 2008

I am looking to get another mac to do some basic video editing and encoding. All the editing is going to be done in the mpeg4 format and once the video has been edited I am going to encode the video into H.264. My question is which will be better A Power Mac Dual 1.8Ghz G5 or a Mac Mini Core 2 Duo?

I am looking for stable set up that can handle encoding video for a few hours at a time. I am leaning towards the Power Mac Dual G5 because of how much more cooling it has however that said a Mac Mini with a Core 2 Duo running at 1.66 Ghz would also probabley work well.

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PowerPC :: 1ghz G4 Alu - Is 2gb Ram Worth It

Jun 6, 2009

I have 512mb ram which works fairly well but am thinking of upgrading to 2 gigs before i upgrade to leopard have you experienced any significant speed gains?

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