Originally Posted by emig647
Wow, no comments about your new machine? What's up with that.
I have, much earlier in the thread.
It's the dual 2.66 with the 4870 and WiFi card. I haven't upgraded the RAM as yet, because I still have some questions about that aspect that I'm trying to get answered.
It's very fast, both from testing, and real work. I have no complaints about speed. Geekbench at 64 bits gave a number of 16,652. That's not with all apps off as is recommended.
Safari 3.2.1, which comes with the machine, gave a rating of a bit over 1100. I don't have the number. But the 4 beta #5528.16 gave a number of 1851. A big jump, and very good number. I haven't tested Firefox. I'm waiting for the newest to get stable enough.
FCS is much faster than my old dual 2 GHz G5 machine, even though that has 16 GB RAM, and this only has the standard 6 GB right now. Like several times faster.
It's also quieter than the old G5. When when pushing it with FCS it remains quiet.
The interior design is much superior to before, and is obviously more expensive to manufacture. When people look inside the old vs the new, and they know anything about design and manufacture, they will understand. Apple is moving up in class here, to an industrial design that ups what they did before.
But the interesting thing about this design is that it opens up possibilities that we haven't had in years, before the G5 came out.
It's far easier to replace the cpu's in this machine. I know that a couple of people here have expressed amazement that I would want to do that, given the cost. But they seem to have forgotten, or simply aren't aware of, the flourishing cpu replacement industry that existed before the G5's ended it. It's just a shadow of itself, offering replacements for old machines from the G4 and backwards. But the fact that they can sell processors for up to $500 for machines that are selling on eBay for under $100 is itself amazing!
I've replaced the cpus on the older Mac Pros, and doing so is a doozy! But it works!
It's even possible, though I don't know how likely it will be, to replace the entire cpu/memory board for a new one!
If the cost could be restrained to about half the cost of a new machine, this could be a viable upgrade route to cpus that require a new socket, such as we will see later in 2010 and beyond
I'm very optimistic here.