Why do you want the PPC970?

in General Discussion edited January 2014
It is by no means certain that the 970 will be coming in the next PowerMac, or any other Macintosh computer, but, the general concensus among the rumor community is that it will. The timing is not clear, but many of the details have been revealed by IBM and otheres. Anyway, my question is, why do you want the 970?

Personally, I think that many people have overly hopeful expectations about the effect that the 970 will have on the Macintosh. The 970 is not going to make the millions of wintel users realize the benefits of the Mac and make them switch. Most consumers just look at numbers, not performance, sad but true. So, your average consumer is stilll going to look at Intel at around 3+ ghz somewhere and look at the Mac at ~ 1.8 ghz. 3 is much bigger than 1.8, so, they will perceive the 970 as slower, even if it is not. The 970 may not even increase powermac sales signifcantly, because if companies wanted faster macs, they are available now. I think there are other reasons why the PowerMac sales are down dealing much with the economy and with a difficult transition to MacOS X which the 970 will not fix.

So, I ask my question again, why do you want the 970, are you waiting to buy one, or do you think that it will have a greater effect than on just you? Personally, I just want to see the 970 beat down Intel's latest at video editing benchmarks, lightwave and maya and things like that, I don't hope to own one for a long time after release. So, that is my reason, what is yours?



  • Reply 1 of 18
    bagubagu Posts: 23member
  • Reply 2 of 18
    netromacnetromac Posts: 863member
    - It's new.

    - It's the powermac G64

    - It's 64 bits.

    - It's really expensive.

    - It comes with lots of ram.

    - It's fast.

    - It's cool.

    - It looks cool.

    - It's hot.

    - It's hot (literally speaking).

    - iTunes 4 is gonna rock on it.

    - Finally smooooth iCal and keynote performance.

    - New mouse and keyboard.

    - I really need one

    - My QS needs a vacation.

    - and lots of other reasons
  • Reply 3 of 18
    hmurchisonhmurchison Posts: 12,392member
    Speed is always welcome.

    The PPC 970 WILL increase Powermacs sales. Whether they come from former Wintel owners is not known but there will be high demand.
  • Reply 4 of 18
    scottscott Posts: 7,431member
    speed speed and speed and I'll tell you why.

    There's a company that makes very popular software for the area of medicine I work in. Way back when they started using NeXT to code it up. Well guess what? They are moving to OS X. Here's where the need for speed comes in. There are computation in my area that take weeks. We'd love to do many many of these, months, and given are druthers we'd like to use the super accurate methods, year. So we need fast systems. The place I work now started on and still uses alpha.

    Now if the 970 is fast fast and cheap enough and great they will sell Mac hardware with the software. The software cost so much the computers come with it.

    That's why we I want the 970. Because it could put Apple into a new league.
  • Reply 5 of 18
    ast3r3xast3r3x Posts: 5,012member
    because i want rev 2 or so in a laptop when i graduate (2004)

    and because i can talk my boss into getting it at work so i can do stuff faster but only get things out slightly faster...meaning i get to sit around doing nothing EVEN MORE!
  • Reply 6 of 18
    leonisleonis Posts: 3,427member
    Three simple reasons

    1) Speed

    2) Speed

  • Reply 7 of 18
    serranoserrano Posts: 1,806member
    OMG you're right, I don't want the 970. In fact, I think I'm going to throw away my iBook, and my B&W to make desk space for my Mac Classic.

    We all realize the 970 will not bring PC users in droves.
  • Reply 8 of 18
    macserverxmacserverx Posts: 217member
    I'm with ast3r3x on this. I want one in a PowerBook before I buy one for college. (Which will be right after MWSF 04 so I have $2000 less for the gov't to say I can spend on college.) I was PowerBook all the way, but once 970 rumors came up, I'm seriously considering a tower just so my computer beats the crap out of everyone elses.

    1. College

    2. Fast, Faster, Fastest, Ultimate

    3. It's really cool...err hot
  • Reply 9 of 18
    bungebunge Posts: 7,329member

    Originally posted by Scott

    ...and I'll tell you why.

    That's a cool story.

    Personally, I'm just going to make sure I can run DOOM III.
  • Reply 10 of 18
    stunnedstunned Posts: 1,096member
    So that I can justify paying the high premium for my next mac.
  • Reply 11 of 18
    leonisleonis Posts: 3,427member
    also for one more stupid reason

    To see Moto kissing its own ass
  • Reply 12 of 18
    dstranathandstranathan Posts: 1,717member
    "This one goes to 11"
  • Reply 13 of 18
    Front side bus of 6.4 GB's a second.
  • Reply 14 of 18
    ebbyebby Posts: 3,110member
    Because my Beige G3 is just starting to get old.
  • Reply 15 of 18
    splinemodelsplinemodel Posts: 7,311member
    Because I render 3d. . . . And because I use Photoshop a lot, which doesn't really do great with multiprocessing. A single proc 970 should be on the cheaper end of the product matrix, and it will be all i need. (I don't need THAT much speed, and I have a powerbook 1GHz that is fine for most things). The memory throughput is also nice. It will help for my longer renders and big graphics files. (NOT BANDWIDTH!!! The bandwidth of a processor is just a single freqency! I hate it when CompArch geeks mess up the terminology)

    Lastly, Geek pride.
  • Reply 16 of 18
    amorphamorph Posts: 7,112member
    I'm looking forward to the 970 in hopes that it'll moot all the griping about the G4.
  • Reply 17 of 18
    thegeldingthegelding Posts: 3,230member
    i want a 970 to boost my low self-esteem, to give me an inflated sense of self-worth (similar to doing a couple of beer bongs), and i hear it will increase my penis size (which is always a plus)....

  • Reply 18 of 18
    ijerryijerry Posts: 615member

    Originally posted by thegelding

    i want a 970 to boost my low self-esteem, to give me an inflated sense of self-worth (similar to doing a couple of beer bongs), and i hear it will increase my penis size (which is always a plus)....



    I need one of those now. That means that now I not only have to stay limited to producing and downloading porn, but now I can be in it with the increased manhood the 970 will bring.

    I want one because I want Apple's innovations to not be limited by their processors. I think this will just allow them to bring more to the user, and how can that be a bad thing?
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