Mac G5 with Intel chip

Mac G5 with Intel chip

Post by Nick van d » Mon, 12 Jun 2006 13:10:01

Yesterday, I was ready to spend several thousands of dollars on a new MAC
G5. The salesman who is also a heavy Photoshop user talked me out of buying
the computer.
His reason was that the currents Photoshop CS2 was not properly optimised
for the new MAC G5 with the Intel chip. His advice was to wait until the new
version of Photoshop comes out which he felt was later on this year.

Can anyone clarify this situation for me?

Thanks in advance,

Mac G5 with Intel chip

Post by Mike Russe » Mon, 12 Jun 2006 13:41:23

Yes, there is no native version of Photoshop for the Intel Mac. The result
is that Photoshop runs reasonably fast in emulation mode on that platform,
but not as fast as a PPC G5.

You have an excellent salesman, BTW. Most of them would just sell you the
machine and be done with it.

Mike Russell


Mac G5 with Intel chip

Post by John McWil » Mon, 12 Jun 2006 14:05:30

At the same time, you might just go ahead with the purchase, unless you
are in need of an immediate replacement machine to do heavy lifting with
PS filters or lots of layers, etc. on large files.

I have a MacBookPro, and it runs PS all right, but not as fast as my
dual G-5 on the non-Intel chip.

PS CS III or whatever it'll be called, may not be out until 2007. In the
meantime, Adobe's Lightroom is pretty neat for RAW conversions.

John McWilliams

Mac G5 with Intel chip

Post by Nick van d » Mon, 12 Jun 2006 14:08:16

Thanks Mike for your quick reply. It makes good sense.

Yes, I'm pretty happy with the salespeople in my 'Apple shop'. They've never
tried the hard sell on me.

It's not often that I have enough money to 'burn' and come home empty handed
from the 'Apple shop'.

Kind regards,

Mac G5 with Intel chip

Post by Jeremy Rou » Tue, 13 Jun 2006 04:13:49

In article <C0B1D459.722A% XXXX@XXXXX.COM >, Nick van der

There is no such thing as a "Mac G5 with the Intel chip", nor will/can
there ever be. The G5 is the latest (last?) incarnation of the
Motorola/IBM PowerPC chip on which Macs have been based for the last
decade or so.

Apple are in the process of migrating their entire line to Intel CPUs:
thus far, we have the Mini, the MacBook (old iBook), the MacBook Pro
(old PowerBook) and the iMac. The desktop (G5) line has not yet moved.

Photoshop CS2 is entirely optimised for the G5 and will run at its
fastest on this Mac (how that compares with the Windoze versions is
another matter entirely).

In due course, desktop Macs will be available which will have Intel
chips inside them. CS2 will run on those too, just as it does on the
current models with Intel chips, but probably more slowly than on the
G5 because it will be running under the PowerPC emulator, Rosetta.

Next year, Photoshop CS3 (or whatever they choose to call it) is
expected to be released and will, probably (certainly?), be a Universal
Binary, able to run natively on both PowerPC and Intel processors.

Whether that information affects your decision will depend rather on
your need for speed and new kit now.


Mac G5 with Intel chip

Post by taci » Tue, 13 Jun 2006 05:21:09

In article <C0B1D459.722A% XXXX@XXXXX.COM >,

Wow. The salesman is a moron.

There is no such thing as a "Mac G5 with an Intel chip." The "G5" refers
to the PowerPC G5 chip. "G5 with an Intel chip" is a contradiction; it's
like saying "Pentium 4 with an AMD chip."

Photoshop is optimized for G5 chips; it is not (yet) optimized for Intel

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Mac G5 with Intel chip

Post by nomai » Tue, 13 Jun 2006 05:52:32

On the contrary. Judging from his advise, this salesman knows very well
what he's talking about. I doubt very much he ever used the name 'Intel
G5'. I think it's the OP who made that one up.

And that is exaclty what this 'moron' told the OP as well.

Johan W. Elzenga johan<<at>>
Editor / Photographer

Mac G5 with Intel chip

Post by Nick van d » Tue, 13 Jun 2006 09:01:06

in article 1hgsi48.1wwb16aa6wqggN% XXXX@XXXXX.COM , Johan W. Elzenga at
XXXX@XXXXX.COM wrote on 12/6/06 6:52 AM:

Thanks everyone for your input. You've all given me food for thought and
clarified the situation for me.

I don't feel the salesman was a moron. He put customer satisfaction before
making just making a sale. Clearly a satisfied customer will come back.