Would It be worth it to upgrade to snow leopard?

I have the panther 10.3.9 O.S. Would it be better to upgrade to snow leopard for $30 or would it be better to upgrade to Tiger 10.4? I have the 1.2 Ghz processor and right now I have 256 mb of ram, I want to upgrade to 1 gb of ram, but which o.s. would be better for my ibook, tiger or snow leopard?

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1.25gb ram + a 5400 or 7200 rpm hard drive in your iBook G4 1.2Ghz would be a good configuration to run Tiger or Leopard but don't expect a Mac Intel performance.

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Snow Leopard requires an Intel processor, so you can't upgrade to it on your iBook G4

On the other hand Tiger 10.4.x or even Leopard 10.5.x will run just fine, but I do recommend you upgrade the amount of RAM in your machine, just 256MB will be painfully sluggish

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to add to lemerise's comment about performance, just as point of reference here is some comparative benchmark data using Geekbench on a couple machines I still have with lower performance than your 1.12GHz G4:

1) PowerBook G3 "Pismo" 550MHz, 1.0GB RAM, OS X 10.4.11 (Tiger): Geekbench score = 375

2) PowerBook G4 12" 867MHz, 1.12GB RAM, OS X 10.5.8 (Leopard): Geekbench score = 310

both machines are slow by today's standard, but still useable for running MS Office, email, browsing the web. My son was even using the PB G4 recently to run InDesign CS3.

You'll note that the slower G3 running Tiger scores a bit higher than the faster G4 running Leopard. in practical terms I'd say they're both feel about the same speed (slow, but useable)

I would expect if you upgrade your iBook's RAM you might have marginally better level of performance than my PB G4 and as lemerise mentioned, a new fast hard drive will probably make a difference too.

one more comparison: my 3yr old MacBook Pro 2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 3GB RAM, OS 10.6.2 (Snow Leopard) scores about 3175 on Geekbench. so yes a completely differently level of performance on Intel vs these old G3/G4 processors.

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I think the big difference between the G3 Pismo and the G4 iBook is the limited graphic card with 8 MB vram VS 32 MB for the iBook so even with a good configuration it's impossible to watch a movie on youtube.

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yes, I wouldn't particularly recommend either machine for regular viewing of youtube or heavy-duty flash based websites. also the PB G4 tends to heat up quickly under load - the fan sounds like a jet engine :)

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