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The MacComparisonZone: 12 Inch G4/1.33 GHz PowerBook vs Power Mac G5/1.6 GHz - What Are The Performance, Feature And Price Differences

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Introduction

Power Mac G5 - June 2003 10/3/04

This Buyer's Guide compares the 12 Inch G4/1.33 GHz PowerBook which has the Combo optical drive, to the Power Mac G5/1.6 GHz, which has the SuperDrive.

The current 1.33 GHz 12 inch PowerBook was released in April, 2004. It is a low-end model of a family of four, which includes a 1.5 GHz 17 inch PowerBook, a 1.5 GHz 15 inch machine, and a 15 inch PowerBook running at 1.33 GHz.

The 1.6GHz G5 Tower, was released 11 months earlier, in June, 2003. It was the low-end model of a family of three, which included a Dual 2.0 GHz machine at the high-end and a Single Processor 1.8GHz Tower in the middle. In November, 2003, the single processor 1.8GHz Tower was dropped in favor of a dual processor machine running at the same clock-speed.

Major Technological Differences:

Processor Speed
Cache Speed

Machine
PowerBook G4/1.33GHz (12")
Power Mac G5/1.6 GHz
Processor
Average
100%
137%
Graphics
Average
100%
160%
Hard Drive
Average
100%
176%
For more detailed performance results ... see below

Current Price Difference $50 ($250 SuperDrive)
RAM Maximum
Graphics Card Model/Slot Speed
Expansion Options
Hard Drive Size/Speed
Optical Drive Speed
Airport Card Installation
Ethernet Speed
USB Port Number
FireWire Port Speed/Number
Audio In/Out Options
BlueTooth Installation
Screen Resolution
Video Output Options
Sound System

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Specifications & Features

Model/Mhz

PowerBook G4/1.33GHz (12")
(#M9183LL/A - Combo Drive)
(#M9184LL/A - SuperDrive)
Single Processor

L2 Cache: 512K @ 1.33GHz
L3 Cache: None
Release Date: April, 2004

Battery Life: 50-watt 5 Hours

Power Mac G5/1.6 GHz
(#M9020LL/A )

Single Processor

L2 Cache: 512K @ 1.6 GHz
L3 Cache: None
Release Date: June, 2003

Price Information

MSRP: $1,599 - Combo Drive
MSRP: $1,799 - SuperDrive
Apple Store
DealZone

MSRP: $1,999
Current Price: $1,549

DealZone

Bus Speed
(Mhz)

167 MHz
800 MHz

RAM
(MAX)

256MB
PC2700 (333MHz) DDR SDRAM
(1.25 GB max)
256MB
PC2700 333MHz DDR SDRAM
( 4 GB max)

Graphics Support

NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200
64MB of DDR SDRAM
4x AGP
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra
64MB DDR SDRAM
AGP Pro 8X graphics slot

Expansion
Slots





AirPort Extreme (54 Mbps) slot

Two hard drive bays (one filled)
One optical drive bay (filled)
Three open full-length 33MHz, 64-bit PCI slots
One AGP Pro 8X (filled)
AirPort Extreme (54 Mbps) slot

Hard Drive

60 GB Ultra ATA/100
4200rpm
80GB Serial ATA
7200 rpm

Optical Drive

Combination drive (slot loading)
CD R - 24x
CD-RW write - 16x
DVD read - 8x
CD read - 24x
or
"SuperDrive" (slot loading)
Writes DVD-R at 4x
Reads DVDs at 8x
Writes CD-R at 16x
Writes CD-RW at 8x
Reads CDs at 24x







SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW)
Writes DVD-R at 4x
Reads DVDs at 8x
Writes CD-R at 16x
Writes CD-RW at 10x
Reads CDs at 32x

Connectivity & Communication

56k modem

Installed 54-Mbps AirPort Extreme Card (based on 802.11g standard; 802.11b Wi-Fi certified)

10/100 BT Ethernet

2 USB 2.0 Ports (480 Mbps)

1 FireWire Port (400 Mbps)

Audio in & out

 


Bluetooth 1.1 built in

56k V.92 modem

Optional AirPort Extreme

10/100/1000 BaseT Ethernet

3 USB 2.0 ports (one on front)
1 FireWire 800 port
2 FireWire 400 ports (one on front)

Audio in & out

Optical digital audio in, optical digital audio out ( Toslink connectors)

Optional Bluetooth 1.1 module and antenna

Video

12.1-inch (diagonal) TFT
1024 x 768

2048 x 1536 support on external display

Mini-DVI port

DVI output using included mini-DVI to DVI adapter

ADC output using optional Apple DVI to ADC Adapter

VGA output using included mini-DVI to VGA adapter

S-video and composite video output using mini-DVI to video adapter (sold separately)


Dual display and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports up to 1024 by 768 pixels on the built-in display and up to 2048 by 1536 pixels on an external display, both at millions of color


Support for digital resolutions up to 1920 by 1200 pixels
Support for analog resolutions up to 1600 by 1200 pixels

ADC and DVI connectors; DVI to VGA adapter included

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dual display support for extended desktop and video mirroring modes

Specification Notes

4.6 pounds (2.1 kg)

Has third speaker for midrange
Audio line in

Weight: 39.2 pounds (17.8 kilos)

Performance
Machine
PowerBook G4/1.33GHz (12")
(#M9183LL/A - Combo Drive)
Power Mac G5/1.6 GHz
(#M9020LL/A )
Processor
121 Points
166 Points- - 37% Faster
Processor Multitasking
240.08 seconds
209.64 seconds- - 15% Faster
Graphics (Card)
505 Points
838 Points - - 66% Faster
Graphics (Processor)
144 Points
198 Points - - 38% Faster
Graphics Gaming
(Graphics Card)
14.9 frames per second
28 frames per second - - 88% Faster
Graphics Gaming
(Processor)
26.5 frames per second
34 frames per second - - 28% Faster
Drive Muti-Files
216.74 seconds
146.64 seconds - - 48% Faster
Drive Single File
137.11 seconds
67.04 seconds - - 105% Faster
Burn CD
104.20 seconds
73.82 seconds - - 32% Faster
General - Interface
21.59 seconds
27.20 seconds - - 26% Faster
QuickTime Encode
130.63 seconds
112.37 seconds - - 16% Faster
iMovie Render
134.62 seconds
96.11 seconds - - 40% Faster
iDVD Import
71.23 seconds
39.09 seconds - - 82% Faster
Photoshop (Workflow)
44.97 seconds
36.81 seconds - - 22% Faster
Photoshop (Filters)
107.13 seconds
68.20 seconds - - 57% Faster
StuffIt Expand
61.29 seconds
46.56 seconds - - 32% Faster
MS Word
68.06 seconds
59.44 seconds - - 15% Faster
Battery Life
115 Minute
Not Applicable
Notes

Processor performance test based on CineBench 2003

Graphics (Card) Test is based on CineBench 2003. In this type of image rendering, the graphics card takes the lead

Graphics (Processor) Test is based on CineBench 2003. In this type of image rendering, the processor takes the lead

Graphics Gaming (Card) Test is based on the game 4x4 EVO2 .. a racing game. All settings are at highest quality. This game is more graphics card dependent

Graphics Gaming (Processor) Test is based on the game Giants.. All settings are at highest quality. This game is more processor dependent ... will also make used of dual processors if present

The 'General Interface' test is based on Let1kWindowsBloom, which is freely available.

The Photoshop (Workflow) score is based on the BareFeats Photoshop Action Script, which you can download and run on your own machine, if you have Photoshop. Or download the Trial version from Adobe

Battery Life was tested by playing a DVD movie on the fully charged machine until it was completely drained.

Have questions about these performance numbers?

For more detailed performance results see this page

Links To Further Information
Machine
PowerBook G4/1.33GHz (12")
(#M9183LL/A - Combo Drive)
(#M9184LL/A - SuperDrive)
Power Mac G5/1.6 GHz
(#M9020LL/A )
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Links to additional information

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12.1" PowerBook G4/1.33GHz Combo Drive #M9183LL/A
Store

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$1,599 ... Education Discount Price: $1,399
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available Final Cut Express 2.0 for $99
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Apple Promotions and any/all of the following:

available Base Machine
available Sennheiser MX300 earbuds, free after mail-in rebate ($10 up front)
available Sennheiser HD437 headphones, free after mail-in rebate ($20 up front)
available Yamakawa DVD player, free after mail-in rebate ($40 up front)
available Final Cut Express 2.0 for $99
available "You Control" software for $10 (a $50 value)
unavailable 512 MB RAM, free after mail-in rebate
available Free case after mail-iin rebate ($30 up front)
available Epson Stylus C86 Printer, $79 discount via mail-in rebates ($99 up front)
available HP deskjet 6127, $99 discount via mail-in rebate ($249 up front)
available Epson Stylus Photo RX600, $129 discount via mail-in rebate ($349 up front)
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Price & Shipping*

$1,588
$23 shipping charge

Sales Tax

None

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Apple Promotions and any/all of the following:

Base Machine
Free ScreenSavrz laptop pad/screen protector
$100 mail-in rebate on any RAM purchased with PowerBook ($35 install fee)
Free USB "Mega Memory" watch after mail-in rebate ($50 up front)
Final Cut Express 2.0 for $99
HP DeskJet 5150, free after mail-in rebate ($100 up front)

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12.1" PowerBook G4/1.33 GHz SuperDrive #M9184LL/A
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Price & Shipping*

$1,799 .... Education Discount Price: $1,599
Free shipping

Sales Tax

All states with sales tax.

Deals & Bundles

available - Available

unknown - Unknown/Delay

unavailable - Unavailable

Apple Promotions and:

available Base Machine
unavailable HP PSC 2410 Multifunction Printer, $200 after mail-in rebate ($299 up front)
delay PSC 2175 all-in-one, $80 after rebate ($179 up front)
delay DeskJet 5740 inkjet printer, free after rebate ($99 up front)

 
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ClubMac

Price & Shipping*

$1,794
Free shipping after mail in rebate

Sales Tax

CA, TN, WI

Deals & Bundles

available - Available

unknown - Unknown/Delay

unavailable - Unavailable

Apple Promotions and any/all of the following:

available Base Machine
available Sennheiser MX300 earbuds, free after mail-in rebate ($10 up front)
available Sennheiser HD437 headphones, free after mail-in rebate ($20 up front)
available Yamakawa DVD player, free after mail-in rebate ($40 up front)
available Final Cut Express 2.0 for $99
available "You Control" software for $10 (a $50 value)
unavailable 512 MB RAM, free after mail-in rebate
available Free case after mail-iin rebate ($30 up front)
available Epson Stylus C86 Printer, $79 discount via mail-in rebates ($99 up front)
available HP deskjet 6127, $99 discount via mail-in rebate ($249 up front)
available Epson Stylus Photo RX600, $129 discount via mail-in rebate ($349 up front)
available Epson Stylus Photo R800, $50 discount via mail-in rebate ($399 up front)
available Epson Stylus Photo RX500, $50 discount via maill-in rebate ($249 up front)

 
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$14 shipping

Sales Tax

MA, NC, OH, TN

Deals & Bundles

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unknown - Unknown/Delay

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available Base Machine
available 512MB, free after mail-in rebate ($40 install)
available Free Lowepro Tropolis 1200 case after mail-in rebate ($70 up front)
available Epson C84 printer, free after mail-in rebates ($100 up front)

 
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MacMall

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Free shipping after mail-in rebate

Sales Tax

CA, TN, WI

Deals & Bundles

available - Available

unknown - Unknown/Delay

unavailable - Unavailable

Apple Promotions and any/all of the following:

available Base Machine
available Sennheiser MX300 earbuds, free after mail-in rebate ($10 up front)
available Sennheiser HD437 headphones, free after mail-in rebate ($20 up front)
available Yamakawa DVD player, free after mail-in rebate ($40 up front)
available Final Cut Express 2.0 for $99
available "You Control" software for $10 (a $50 value)
unavailable 512 MB RAM, free after mail-in rebate
available Free case after mail-iin rebate ($30 up front)
available Epson Stylus C86 Printer, $79 discount via mail-in rebates ($99 up front)
available HP deskjet 6127, $99 discount via mail-in rebate ($249 up front)
available Epson Stylus Photo RX600, $129 discount via mail-in rebate ($349 up front)
available Epson Stylus Photo R800, $50 discount via mail-in rebate ($399 up front)
available Epson Stylus Photo RX500, $50 discount via maill-in rebate ($249 up front)

 
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$1,788
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Apple Promotions and any/all of the following:

Base Machine
Free ScreenSavrz laptop pad/screen protector
$100 mail-in rebate on any RAM purchased with PowerBook ($35 install fee)
Free USB "Mega Memory" watch after mail-in rebate ($50 up front)
Final Cut Express 2.0 for $99
HP DeskJet 5150, free after mail-in rebate ($100 up front)

PowerMax does not provide availability information online...


G5 Power Macs

PowerMac G5/1.6 GHz 256MB , 80 GB SuperDrive, #M9020LL/A  ... Original price: $1,799


PowerMax - Open Box .... 1 year warranty.... Shipping $37. Tax: None ...Trade-in Program ... Bundled Extras ... $1,549
 

Power Mac G5 DUAL 1.8GHz 512MB/160GB/SuperDrive/GigE/56K #M9393LL/A  ... Original price:$2,499


PowerMax - Open Box .... 1 year warranty.... Shipping $37. Tax: None ...Trade-in Program ... Bundled Extras ... $2,149
Small Dog - New .... 1 year warranty ... Shipping $41. Tax: VT ... $2,129
 

Power Mac G5 1.8GHz Dual Processor/256/80G/8xSuperDrive/PCI/GeFr5200  #M9454LL/A ... $1,999


PowerMax - Refurbished ....one year warranty .... Shipping $25. Tax: None ...Trade-in Program ...$1,849
 

G5/2.0 GHz Dual Processor M9032LL/A ... Original price: $2,999


PowerMax - Refurbished ....one year warranty .... Shipping $25. Tax: None ...Trade-in Program ...$2,349 to $2,388
 

G5/2.0 GHz Dual Processor #MM9455LL/A ... Original price: $2,499


PowerMax - Open Box .... 1 year warranty.... Shipping $37. Tax: None ...Trade-in Program ... Bundled Extras ... $2,449
PowerMax - Open Box .... 1 year warranty.... Shipping $37. Tax: None ...Trade-in Program ... Bundled Extras ... $2,649
 

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