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Friend of mine is selling one for a hundred bucks. What are those dual processor 2.5ghz comparable too today?

Does the forum have a Mac section because I didn't see it. Mods please move if I'm just blind
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Waste of money. The newest versions of OSX don't support G5s. Not to mention flash and other software have dropped support. They weren't even all that fast compared to the PCs of that era.

We call the G4/G5s boat anchors at my work.
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Waste of money. The newest versions of OSX don't support G5s. Not to mention flash and other software have dropped support. They weren't even all that fast compared to the PCs of that era.

We call the G4/G5s boat anchors at my work.

Wow that bad? The wife is an apple head so I was thinking about buying it for her to play the sims on and watch YouTube. Could they do either of that very well?
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The wife is an apple head so I was thinking about buying it for her to play the sims on and watch YouTube. Could they do either of that very well?

Considering it has no updated Flash support and neither do newer OSX... I doubt it can do any of both well, if at all.
   
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Wow thanks guys. Looks like ill have to just build her a mini pentium build
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A 2.5ghz G5 CPU is probably around the same speed as a 3.2-3.4ghz P4 with HT.
The Athlon 3200+ was a better chip then both of them.
The G5 was more geared toward floating point performance, integer performance is what i'm taking about above.

Compared to a X86 system a dual 2.5ghz G5 is probably like a Pentium D @3.4ghz
Or like a C2D at 1.6-1.8ghz

Apple has also dropped support big time, using it as a web browsing machine is mostly pointless. If you need access to garage band or something then it may be worth it, but you can get a hackintosh going and get much better performance and support.

Case would be cool if you modded it though, but personally I liked the look of the G4 cases more.
Edited by DzillaXx - 3/18/13 at 4:38am
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A 2.5ghz G5 CPU is probably around the same speed as a 3.2-3.4ghz P4 with HT.
The Athlon 3200+ was a better chip then both of them.

Compared to a X86 system a dual 2.5ghz G5 is probably like a Pentium D @3.4ghz
Or like a C2D at 1.6-1.8ghz

Apple has also dropped support big time, using it as a web browsing machine is mostly pointless. If you need access to garage band or something then it may be worth it, but you can get a hackintosh going and get much better performance and support.

Case would be cool if you modded it though, but personally I liked the look of the G4 cases more.

Agree about the case. Always liked the look of it.

Just did a search. In geek bench a dual processor g5 is on par with a 2.66ghz imac
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They look cool, but only support up to leopard. Some even had liquid cooling, haha.
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Guys. Found out a little more about it. 16gb memory, 5770 graphics. For a hundred bucks it might not be bad at all
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Guys. Found out a little more about it. 16gb memory, 5770 graphics. For a hundred bucks it might not be bad at all

I had a 1.25Ghz eMac until recently and I loved it!
It ran osx 10.4.11 and besides youtube watching being almost impossible almost everything else worked perfectly ( it even booted faster than my i7 biggrin.gif)
With Leopard it would be a great machine and still capable of much.
Many music studios still use them too ( and many schools too).

For a hundred bucks you can probably make that in parts if you ever get tired of it.
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