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PowerMac R5

by jon_peter

32
27 Comments

Details

Date Published

June 26, 2017

Date Built

June 19, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.75 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

52.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.29 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.008 GHz

Description

Replacement for my aging Early 2011 MacBook Pro 13" to be primarily used as a photo-editing workstation that will be housed in a 2004 Power Mac G5 case. Many thanks to David Chugg at The Laser Hive for excellent craftsmanship & exemplary customer service.

Part Reviews

CPU

able to successfully overclock to 3.77GHz on stock voltage.

CPU Cooler

very cool & quiet all-in-one cooler. delay in installation as i had to wait for AM4 bracket to become available from Cooler Master

Motherboard

very good B-class board that provides everything an enthusiast needs. no issues during installation or through usage. PCB is a bit of a sickly brown color.

Memory

very speedy RAM that was initially clocked at 2133 MHz but ran at correct speeds after XMP was enabled. RAM did not being overclocked at all under stock voltages & timings.

Storage

runs at SATA3 speeds, which is quick enough for my application

Video Card

extremely quiet card that exceeds my expectations

Power Supply

modular & small, gets the job done. have yet to see the fan spin down to 0 RPM, but could just be my application.

Case Fan

a bit noisy a regular speeds but much more tolerable when throttled down. still moves a large amount of air at low speeds.

Comments Sorted by:

Karokiyu 3 points 16 months ago

IMO its not a mac without an Intel CPU (and an AMD Gpu of course)

(This is a joke)

jon_peter submitter 2 Builds 5 points 16 months ago

I guess I fell victim to Apple's philosophy: think different

not_bill_cosby 2 points 16 months ago

I have the same case and i want to do the same thing. great job!

jon_peter submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

thanks! i highly recommend browsing the items in the shop at the Laser Hive. David was a great help during my build. https://www.thelaserhive.com/product-category/g5conv/

Vairfoley 25 Builds 2 points 16 months ago

I love the PowerMac cases, especially when they're modified with beafy PC components. Awesome work.

jon_peter submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

thanks. i hope these components last me a while. maybe i'll go higher spec in the future when it's time to upgrade.

Franko74SR 3 Builds 2 points 16 months ago

I have been thinking of buying one of these powermac g5's from ebay, just for this purpose. Sick! +1

Karokiyu 3 points 16 months ago

Browse your local electronics recycle. These aren't worth anything. Especially the non-functioning ones.

Franko74SR 3 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

I can not find an electronics recycle near me, the one that there is, never has anything

jon_peter submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

thanks. good luck finding a case for your build. I've had mine for almost 10 yrs now, bought second-hand from a friend.

Franko74SR 3 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

thanks, I looked on craigslist, and there are none near here, except one, which is $400

gugu96 19 Builds 2 points 16 months ago

I love that kind of mod with G5

jon_peter submitter 2 Builds 2 points 16 months ago

thanks! I visited a lot of forums & got a lot of ideas before beginning this build.

Gooberdad 10 Builds 2 points 16 months ago

Great upgrade in an awesome case.

Thumbs up.

jon_peter submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

thanks! it's such a great looking case, it was a shame to let it continue collecting dust. I'm glad so many others documented their builds elsewhere for me to get inspiration from.

noah.hefner 2 points 16 months ago

Dude that's sick. Well done on the mods as well!

jon_peter submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

thanks! It was so much fun doing it & I'm very pleased with the result.

guthman01 1 point 16 months ago

But a hackintosh... that would be sick.

jon_peter submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

i had considered it as i had a hackintosh before, but since i'll be keeping the MBP around, i wanted to reacquaint myself with Windows again

Whalachai 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Am I looking at it upside down or is that just how Mac cases are ??? Cool idea I like it

Karokiyu 2 points 16 months ago

Yeah, Mac Pros where inverted. Door was on the right side instead of the left.

jon_peter submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

thanks! I'm considering covering up some of the logos so it doesn't look confusing.

RookieComputerBuilder 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

This looks like a great build @jon_peter . How about actual performance for the photo editing?? Love to hear that. Because I'm also planning to build a beast like this.

jon_peter submitter 2 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

coming from a 2011 MacBook Pro, it's night & day. much quicker imports into Lightroom & little to no delay when making edits. the few times i have stressed the CPU, the entire PC still remains very quiet despite the water pump working to keep everything cool.

RookieComputerBuilder 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Thanks jon

Yognaught_Ace 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

I hate apple

but I have to admit, I do love that case.

Wolfie2554 1 point 7 months ago

This is awesome.