Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Cube in da house! ...And G4 Power Mac CPU upgrades.

I just picked up an Apple Power Mac Cube. Ever since it was released in 2000, I've always wanted one of these, but up until recently they were quite expensive (even though it was discontinued in 2001). In fact, one of the main reasons it failed so quickly was because of its high cost. However, despite being almost 5 years old, it still remains the most beautiful computer ever created, and I'm very happy to have one in my possession.

With 1 GB of RAM and a 7200 rpm 120 GB hard drive, this G4 450 Cube does suprisingly well in OS X. Still, a G4 450 can only do so much. Faster CPUs are desirable. Fortunately with the right hardware, Freescale's G4s can be installed in older machines, including the Cube.

Immediately after I picked up my Cube, both Sonnet and Giga Designs announced new 1.7 GHz G4 7447A G4 upgrades for the Cube and other G4 Power Macs. Giga Designs is also offering dual 1.7 GHz Power Mac upgrades, albeit not for the Cube.

Rumours also have it that announcements from PowerLogix are imminent. Expected are dual Cube 1.2-1.4 GHz G4 upgrades with custom voltage regulators, in the range of US$599. Other G4 upgrade products are also expected.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Eug, congrats on your Cube acquisition! I've always thought exactly the same thing as you... the Cube is easily the most beautiful computer on the planet. I'm envious!

// joltguy

Scott said...

Now that you're in an upgrade mood...

Care to recommend a hard drive to go into a 12" rev b powerbook. If I remember correctly, it's a 4200 RPM 60GB. Not sure who makes it though. My question to you is: should I go with 5400 or 7200, and with seagate, hitachi, fujitsu or someone else?

Eug said...

I think I'd be most happy with a 5400 rpm 100 GB drive. I don't think there are any 7200 rpm 100 GB 2.5" drives yet available, but I could be mistaken.

Anonymous said...

I was wanting one of these to run a low-traffic web server from home, but stopped looking a while back 'cause they were majorly overpriced. Maybe I'll start looking again. Where'd you get it? MacNN fora? eBay? usedmac.ca?

How much'd you pay, if you don't mind my asking?

Y.

Eug said...

Cubes can be had from eBay in the US$500ish range.