13 Replies Latest reply: Jan 30, 2011 9:58 AM by Matthew Knice
foleypopo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I have a later 2005 PowerMac G5 tower with the intel. I took it to the shop for a previous problem and the tech asked me if I wanted to Upgrade to Snow Leopard. I need to know if "Snow Leopard" is compatible with a Intel PowerMac G5. OR What the Latest OSx is compatible with it?

Power Mac G5, Mac OS X (10.4.2)
  • japamac Level 7 Level 7 (24,390 points)
    Hi-

    There is no G5 tower with Intel processors.

    There are PPC G5's which cannot use Snow Leopard, and there are Mac Pro towers with Intel processors that CAN run Snow Leopard.

    The machines have similar looks, but are very different.

    If your tower has two optical drive bays and has Intel processor(s), it is a Mac Pro and can run Snow Leopard.
  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (41,460 points)
    I have a later 2005 PowerMac G5 tower with the intel. I took it to the shop for a previous problem and the tech asked me if I wanted to Upgrade to Snow Leopard. I need to know if "Snow Leopard" is compatible with a Intel PowerMac G5. OR What the Latest OSx is compatible with it?


    japamac has you covered on the model question.

    If it is truly a G5 then Leopard (not Snow Leopard - oh why did Apple have to give them similar names?) is the highest system. If the technician was offering to upgrade to Leopard I would seriously think about going for it. Tiger is no longer supported and Leopard will be the last OS that machine will run. Then too, it is hard to find a copy of Leopard and if the shop has a copy they will sell you at Apple's retail price I'd go for it. The main hesitation would be if you still use OS9 generation software since Leopard does not have Classic.
  • foleypopo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Well I dont know why I was thinking it had Intel processor. It Is a PowerMac G5 with the IBM processor's. Anyway, as what I can tell from your replyes. I can only upgrade to "Leopard".
  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (41,460 points)
    It Is a PowerMac G5 with the IBM processor's.

    That's equivalent to saying it is an Intel processor. I believe all the PPC were made by Motorola.
  • foleypopo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Actually if you do your research, It IS an IBM manufactured processor. They started putting the Intel Processor in the Mac Pro.
  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (41,460 points)
    Actually if you do your research, It IS an IBM manufactured processor. They started putting the Intel Processor in the Mac Pro.

    To whom are you replying? You replied to your own post.

    I strongly suggest you read [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple%E2%80%93Intel_transition] and [http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple>, as well as browsing these forums.

    PPC processors were made by Motorola (or equivalent) and put in PPC computers. This included all "G" series computers.

    Intel processors were made by Intel and none were put in G series computers. Yes, the MacPro has an Intel chip, but the MacPro is not a G series computer. Likewise a G5 cannot run an Intel processor (despite many people asking about it on the G5 forum).
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (119,865 points)
    G5s are all IBM.
  • foleypopo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you BDAqua. At least someone on here knows whats inside of a PowerMac.
  • G4ever Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    PPC processors were originally a "joint" effort between Apple IBM and Motorola, (AIM) then finally IBM had it all, then came the end of the road.

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  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (119,865 points)
    Indeed, IBM even made some of the G3s, (lousy copper ones, iirc).
  • Matthew Knice Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)
    Hello All,

    foleypopo wrote:
    Thank you BDAqua. At least someone on here knows whats inside of a PowerMac.


    Foleypopo, in Limnos' defense, I have an eMac AND an Xserve G4 Both processors Have "Motorola" Engraved/Stamped on the chips themselves. But the Power Mac G5 has IBM processors and always has. All G5's are IBM. If memory serves, my friend who has a 1.8GHz iMac G5 has a processor with "IBM" Stamped on his. I havent removed my G5's processors yet so I wouldnt know for sure but after reading through websites such as Apple History and Wikipedia, and Low End Mac etc. So case closed. The bottom line: There never was, and never ever will be an Intel based PowerPC machine. (Hence the name Power Mac)

    Regards.

    —Matthew—

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  • japamac Level 7 Level 7 (24,390 points)
    Very (K)Nice!
  • Matthew Knice Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)
    Hello Again,
    japamac wrote:
    Very (K)Nice!


    @ Japamac: Lol Thanks. That actually is my last name lol. Knice. But I like your sense of humor. Japanese people always make me laugh. =) And they are extremely smart. Americans are annoying, selfish and cocky. We always think we are the best so we get so cocky about it. I hate it. Americans make tthe United states look like crap. Not to mention celebs dont help any. Lol

    Regards.

    —Matthew—