Apple announces Power Mac G5

Apple has formally announced its new Power Mac G5, which features the new PowerPC G5 processor. On paper, the new system looks pretty stacked. Check it out:
  • Dual 0.13-micron PowerPC G5 processors at up to 2GHz.
  • Dual 1GHz front-side busses.
  • Dual-channel DDR400 memory bus.
  • AGP 8X Pro, 133MHz, PCI-X, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 2.0, Firewire, and Serial ATA support.
  • Dual 800MHz HyperTransport north/south bridge interconnects.
  • An attractive, stylish new form factor.
As expected, Apple is parading the new Power Mac G5's performance in select applications against Intel's Pentium 4 and Xeon processors, but not against anything from AMD. Apple's performance claims for the Power Mac G5 do look impressive and cover more than six Photoshop benchmarks, so the outlook is promising.

Of course, the world's "first 64-bit personal computer" doesn't come cheap. The cheapest Power Mac G5 runs $1,999 and features processors clocked at only 1.6GHz on an 800MHz front-side bus. The system has a SuperDrive and Serial ATA hard disk, but only 256MB of DDR333 memory and a paltry GeForce FX 5200. $2,999 will buy the Mac faithful a dual 2GHz system on a 1GHz front side bus with 512MB of DDR400. That system gets PCI-X support and a Radeon 9600 Pro with 64MB of memory.

Apple's Power Macs have never been cheap, but it looks like the new Power Mac G5s will at least have impressive performance to justify their high prices.

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