Readers Sound Off on New Power Macs
Mac professionals square off over Apple's latest desktop systems. Are Motorola's minimal PowerPC G4 enhancements a dealbreaker, or is there still plenty to like under the hood?My recent call for reader responses to Apple Computers latest generation of Power Mac G4 towers had two paradoxical effects: While the wealth of articulate opinion (both pro and con) proved manifestly worthy of a column, its sheer volume left me busily exercising my correspondence skills in an effort to answer each e-mail individuallyinstead of actually delivering the planned follow-up. Meanwhile, some additional controversy over the new machines threatened to render anachronistic my initial argument that the systems many architectural improvements outweighed the modest performance improvements in the twin Motorola PowerPC G4 chips powering each new model. Specifically, early benchmarks posted on the Bare Feats site just hours after my column hit eWEEK suggest that those Moto CPUs are unable to take full advantage of the DDR memory in the new machinesa finding that many readers cited as a deal-breaker.
On the other hand, I heard from plenty of readers who have already shelled out for a new dual-processor system; while some of them expressed mild disappointment in the rate of PowerPC evolution between Januarys Power Macs and these models, they argued forcefully for the position that these systems represent a great leap forward for price and performance.
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I bought a dual-867 system with DVD-R a while back. The new ones just dont make sense, especially with the bottleneck. If Apple came out with a Power4 machine, Id sell my left arm to get one. But until then, Ill wait. The incremental increases are not enoughApple needs to shake up their pro line like they reinvigorated the iMac and laptop lines. Its been far too long. Torrey Loomis