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Im learning or trying to learn about my g4

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I''m learning or trying to learn about my g4 Quicksilver 867 processor upgrade path. In doing so, I have found that even though Apple list the 867''s as having L3 cashe (mine does not.) The Apple profiler list no L3 cashe and running at 867Mhz. Here are my CPU/ board numbers:
Machine Model:     Power Mac G4
CPU Type:     PowerPC G4 (2.1)
Number Of CPUs:     1
CPU Speed:     867 MHz
L2 Cache (per CPU):     256 KB
Memory:     768 MB
Bus Speed:     133 MHz
Boot ROM Version:     4.3.3f2
Serial Number:     XB30808KMM9
Sales Order Number:     M8688LL/A

   I have priced used Apple CPU''s on Ebay, but truly would not know if someone was selling on over clocked 733 as a 933. How can you tell if the so called 933 processor is true or an over clocked 733 w/ no L3 cashe? Or , would I be better off spending more money on processor upgrade from a company like OWC, etc. What is your opinion?


Craig Harper (Sac. Ca.)
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Mac
Expert:  Aggie Mac Master replied 8 years ago.
I wouldn't buy a processor off of eBay, especially because of the age of the system. They could be trying to get rid of a processor that has been giving them problems.

If you are set on upgrading your Quicksilver here is a more reputable company:

But honestly I don't recommend upgrading your Quicksilver. A good upgrade processor will run you $250-$400.

You can get a refurbished iMac from Apple for $999

or a new Mac Mini for $599.

Either of these options will give you more performance for your dollar, and they are waranteed by Apple. Another consideration is the next version of OS X, Snow Leopard, will be an Intel only release. So you should possibly consider upgrading.
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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Thank you for your answers; They will help in making my decision.