Apple vs non-Apple - help me decide please

Apple vs non-Apple - help me decide please

Post by MacMagici » Mon, 17 Mar 1997 04:00:00



we need to purchase one or two computers for our high end graphics
business to stay competitive. we are looking at these models:

PowerComputing - 604e/200 - PowerTower Pro
UMAX           - 604e/200 - SuperMac   S900
Motorola       - 604e/200 - StarMax    4000
Apple          - 604e/200 - PowerMac   9600
Apple          - 604e/200 - PowerMac   8600
Apple          - 604e/200 - PowerMac   7300 - only if we buy two

has anyone had any problems with the non-apple vendors?
do these non-apple vendors make reliable machines?
which would u buy?

your advice is appreciated so, thanx in advance.
mark

 
 
 

Apple vs non-Apple - help me decide please

Post by Sori » Thu, 20 Mar 1997 04:00:00




> we need to purchase one or two computers for our high end graphics
> business to stay competitive. we are looking at these models:

> PowerComputing - 604e/200 - PowerTower Pro
> UMAX           - 604e/200 - SuperMac   S900
> Motorola       - 604e/200 - StarMax    4000
> Apple          - 604e/200 - PowerMac   9600
> Apple          - 604e/200 - PowerMac   8600
> Apple          - 604e/200 - PowerMac   7300 - only if we buy two

> has anyone had any problems with the non-apple vendors?
> do these non-apple vendors make reliable machines?
> which would u buy?

Personally, I would buy one of the Apple system, and believe it or not,
the 7300/200 is slightly faster then the other two, and I believe, if by
far the cheapest of the lot. If you want AV features, I'd say get the
8600, but that doesn't sound like a priority, so if you buy Apple, I'd
suggest the 7300. Power Computing as I understand it makes good systems -
don';t know about Umax or Motorola. If you want a really fast Photoshop
machine you may want to consider a Dual Processor machine like the
9500/180MP (which btw just took a $1000+ price drop).

 
 
 

Apple vs non-Apple - help me decide please

Post by Paul C. Che » Thu, 20 Mar 1997 04:00:00




> > PowerComputing - 604e/200 - PowerTower Pro
> > UMAX           - 604e/200 - SuperMac   S900
> > Motorola       - 604e/200 - StarMax    4000
> > Apple          - 604e/200 - PowerMac   9600
> > Apple          - 604e/200 - PowerMac   8600
> > Apple          - 604e/200 - PowerMac   7300 - only if we buy two

> Personally, I would buy one of the Apple system, and believe it or not,
> the 7300/200 is slightly faster then the other two, and I believe, if by
> far the cheapest of the lot.

This is hard to believe.  From where did you get this information?  The
bus speed is the same (50MHz), the memory interleaving is the same, etc.
I doubt if the 7300's motherboard has any advantage over the Tsunami used
in the 9600/S900/PTPro.  The 9600's hard disk is the Seagate Barracuda,
which is a 7200 rpm drive, and its video is a 4Mb IMS TT card.  Combined
together, I would have predicted the 9600 to be significantly faster than
the 7300.

The PTPro comes with 1Mb L2 cache, which, under low RAM conditions (<
100Mb) will increase your performance.  However, you have to pay extra to
get a 7200 rpm IBM drive and an IMS TT video card.

The S900/200 comes with a slower 5400 rpm IBM drive, but it has the IMS TT
video card.

Motorola's system, although significantly cheaper, uses a slower
motherboard.  It's bus is maxed at 40MHz, CPU is not upgradable, and video
subsection is not as good as the IMS card.  The Motorola does not have
fast scsi-2..it uses an ide controller internally and has a 5MB/sec
external SCSI (I may be wrong on this).

I would recommend getting an upgraded PCC PTPro if you wanted single
processor, and if you want MP, get the S900/250MP loaded with RAM.

Regards,
Paul

 
 
 

Apple vs non-Apple - help me decide please

Post by Mark Tosiell » Sat, 22 Mar 1997 04:00:00



> we need to purchase one or two computers for our high end graphics
> business to stay competitive. we are looking at these models:

> PowerComputing - 604e/200 - PowerTower Pro
> UMAX           - 604e/200 - SuperMac   S900
> Motorola       - 604e/200 - StarMax    4000
> Apple          - 604e/200 - PowerMac   9600
> Apple          - 604e/200 - PowerMac   8600
> Apple          - 604e/200 - PowerMac   7300 - only if we buy two

> has anyone had any problems with the non-apple vendors?
> do these non-apple vendors make reliable machines?
> which would u buy?

> your advice is appreciated so, thanx in advance.
> mark

I have had a great deal of experience with the UMAX S900 DP/200....dual
604e's, with 128MB RAM.  The machine is wonderful, is extremely fast,
very well built and designed, and, the technical support (whom I DID
call a few times to solve minor issues) people were uniformally
excellent.  The one time I had to wait on hold, the hold time was less
than a minute.  

I can heartily reccommend the S900 DP from my experience.

Hope this helps...email me with any questions you might have!

Mark

 
 
 

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