3 Replies Latest reply: Apr 2, 2010 9:43 AM by jap1198
jap1198 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
My friend wants to sell me his old Mac Mini for $200. It's a PowerPC G4 running Leopard. How fast is it compared to newer versions?
Is it worth it or should I just buy one of the new minis?

Mac OS X (10.5)
  • 1. Re: Mac Mini PowerPC G4?
    BGreg Level 6 Level 6 (17,500 points)
    The newer versions are faster. Our 1.5Ghz G4 works fine for word processing, email, and most internet work, although some video strains it. If I had a choice of spending $200 on a G4 or buying new, I'd buy new, as it's more likely to last longer in terms of horsepower and applications it can run, and there are a number of applications that require an Intel-based processor.
  • 2. Re: Mac Mini PowerPC G4?
    mooblie Level 4 Level 4 (1,925 points)
    That machine is a bit of a cul-de-sac: it cannot run today's OSX Snow Leopard, nor will it ever run any later versions of OSX. OSX is all Intel-only these day, so it sound like that PowerPC Mac is being offloaded... Avoid!
  • 3. Re: Mac Mini PowerPC G4?
    jap1198 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    So I'm better off with an Intel Mini.
    Thanks for your help!
    I know now to stay away from G4's