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firstsingle
11-24-2007, 12:47 AM
Hey guys. I have a question on something I'm not very sure about.
I have a single G4 800mhz processor. I'm going to buy a 1.8ghz processor upgrade.

Can I upgrade my single to a dual processor?
If so. I will go for the dual 1.6Ghz upgrade.

I hope this is not too dumb of a question:)

I've read dozens of articles and reviews but none answer this question.

Going with the MaxPower 7448 by the way.

3dworks
11-25-2007, 05:35 AM
isn't a current minimac with dualcore intel processor just a bit more expensive but much faster than this? i know, the on board graphics card isn't the top, but it depends all on what you have currently and maybe it's worth a try... in any case, if you rely on fprime, i would keep a non intel mac until the ub version is out.

as far as the upgrade concerns, why not ask the guys at OWC directly?

cheers

markus

j__
11-25-2007, 06:17 AM
Is the 800 mhz card the original in there ...so it's what a... QuickSilver I think the short answer is probably yes for that generation, but as said just email them if you're not sure, they could well be some nuances there.

http://www.newertech.com/products/mp48_spec.html

If it's an older G4 it depends on the Uninorth revision number of the motherboard, some can some can't.

"isn't a current minimac with dualcore intel processor just a bit more expensive but much faster than this? i know, the on board graphics card isn't the top, but it depends all on what you have currently and maybe it's worth a try... in any case, if you rely on fprime, i would keep a non intel mac until the ub version is out."

G4s are just great and classic and classy machines and wonderfully designed, but dual 7448 upgrades can be expsenive and for the same expense any Intel Mac will be far quicker performer.

Even the G5 2.7 comes below Intel iMacs in benchmarking. Now benchmarks are not real world tests of course, but for the same money you would spend on a dual g4 upgrade you will get a lot more power with any Intel Mac, apart from, as noted, the pretty feeble Intel graphics in the MacMini which the impression I get is doesn't even compare to bog standard ATI cards in a G4.

But all G4s are wonderful classy machines.

firstsingle
11-25-2007, 06:27 PM
Well. Its the weekend and no one is working at OWC. The buyer on ebay doesn't know.

Chilton
11-25-2007, 06:38 PM
Hi,

Fuel for the fire...

http://www.barefeats.com/kwik.html

http://barefeats.com/mincd.html

... read into that what you will. I'd go for the Mini, personally.

-Chilton

firstsingle
11-25-2007, 06:45 PM
At $250.00 a dual 1.6 ghz upgrade is still cheaper than a mini at $599

Chilton
11-25-2007, 08:11 PM
Hi,

I've been in the same position you're in here, more times than I can count. It's a hard call. Sometimes, you just don't want to let go of a machine that hasn't let you down.

-Chilton

firstsingle
11-25-2007, 11:53 PM
Hi,

I've been in the same position you're in here, more times than I can count. It's a hard call. Sometimes, you just don't want to let go of a machine that hasn't let you down.

-Chilton

Nail on the head Chilton:)

I use FPrime. You can count the many issues there.

firstsingle
11-28-2007, 01:24 AM
From: http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Newer%20Technology/MAXG47D1600/

So it would seem that a single processor G4 Mac and a dual processor G4 Mac are identical, for the purpose of upgrading, as they can both accept a G4 dual card, replacing either a single processor or the Apple dual processor board. - Unless I'm missing something.

Writing an email to the vendor whould clear that up 100% though.

Hey you were right. This utility to find the Uninorth revision number answers the question. To anyone elso who is still hanging on http://newertech.com/tech_support/uni-north.php