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G5 to iMac: is it an upgrade? Desktop Synthesizers
Old 31st August 2011
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G5 to iMac: is it an upgrade?

Just wanted to get a general consensus from those wiser than myself.

I have been running a dual 2.7 ghz powerpc g5 in my studio for 6 years. Since it's a powerpc, it's been at the end of the line for a while now.

Since I'm stuck at PT 7.4 I'd love to upgrade to PT 8 or 9 and was looking at a iMac with 2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor.

The only hitch is that my old G5 has been a reliable workhorse and has never given me any trouble other than the CD drive kicking the bucket.

So I guess I'm wondering if an iMac, albeit 6 years newer, will be able to handle the day to day of my old G5.

Do you think this is a realistic 'upgrade'?

Thanks, all!
Old 31st August 2011
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So I guess I'm wondering if an iMac, albeit 6 years newer, will be able to handle the day to day of my old G5.

Do you think this is a realistic 'upgrade'?

Thanks, all!
The iMac should blow away the G5! Intel processors of those days were already more powerful than the PowerPC processors. Current ones are many times more powerful.

Alistair
Old 31st August 2011
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Originally Posted by UnderTow View Post
The iMac should blow away the G5! Intel processors of those days were already more powerful than the PowerPC processors. Current ones are many times more powerful.

Alistair

Thanks!

I guess a more realistic question might be, do you think that the newer versions of PT (8,9) would run just as smooth as 7.4 did on my old G5?
Old 4th September 2011
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Yes.

I have a 2007 Imac and I run PT9 and it works great. Many tracks and plugins, etc.
Old 4th September 2011
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it'll knock your socks off, it's many times faster
Old 4th September 2011
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Go for the i7 instead! it is way faster! you will not regret it.

Always go for the fastest you can afford or you will have to buy a new computer after three years again.

I did this mistake and now I will not do it again!

Old 4th September 2011
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For me it has been an upgrade.
I'm using a 2007 iMac too, but I can use all the latest software and routinely mix in Logic with a ton of plug-ins.
Old 4th September 2011
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A couple or years ago I swapped a 2.0ghz dual-core g5 power mac for my 2.4 ghz core 2 duo MacBook pro. I lost no power and gained serious portability. In fact I rarely max it out still. The new I-series processors are a jump over the core 2 duos. So a quad core I-series machine should be awesome.
Old 5th September 2011
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Thanks so much, everyone!
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