[quote]Originally posted by dr. zoidberg:
<strong>noooooh please, don´t give us a stop gap-mobo!! well, or if there´s really no other choice than this, let´s at least have a through-the-line-powermac price drop of let´s say 1k. that would be fair , no?
(btw: i don´t think that a stop gap-mobo would even have fw2 or usb2... <img src="graemlins/hmmm.gif" border="0" alt="[Hmmm]" /> ).
i still hope that this time we´ll get the "real deal"... and i´d consider a mobo described/confirmed by Dorsal/moki being one "real deal" (even if it´s not a true G5 7500/8500 whatever)</strong><hr></blockquote>
I don't really need
a new, faster Mac. I'd just want
a new, faster Mac. Considering that I'm still getting along quite well with my TiBook 800 for the work I do, the only thing that will motivate me to buy a new PowerMac is a significant performance jump.
Let's face it, for many of us the desire for a hot new toy comes first. Often justifying how said toy will increase our productivity is an afterthought
I don't think an Xserve-style DDR hack for the PowerMac would impress me enough to inspire a new purchase. Only if and when the next PowerMac is in the 1.4-1.5 GHz range with true DDR will I be overcome by technolust and buy a new system. If Apple takes too long getting to that point, then they'll have even further to go to make people impressed performance-wise.
One reason I'd most be interested in seeing a speed boost is for my own Java astronomy software (<a href="http://www.skyviewcafe.com
" target="_blank">Sky View Cafe</a>). On my old 1.1 GHz AMD system, I get impressively smooth, fluid animation by quickly spinning the clock on the sky map a minute at a time. But my TiBook, or even dual gig PowerMacs I've tried, produce noticeably more sluggish and jerky animation. I don't know how much of this is a matter of processor speed, hardware video acceleration, or JVM performance, but certainly a more powerful PowerMac can only help.
Besides wanting a faster PowerMac for my own personal reasons, even more I want there to be a faster PowerMac because I want Apple to be gaining market share, not losing it. I want something out there to truly impress the PC crowd and draw a few more percentage points away from Wintel systems, so that all of us Mac users can benefit from the increased software support and availability that bigger market share would bring.