Conclusion: The new dual-2.5GHz Power Mac G5 is a nice step up from the Power Mac G5s we've seen before. Graphics pros and media outlets that need the fastest available speed will want to upgrade now, but most users with recent-vintage G5 machines (especially dual-2.0GHz models) don't need to jump on this upgrade.
Pros: Dual G5 processors ensure plenty of horsepower for years to come. New fans and liquid cooling are quiet. Up to 8GB of memory support. The 23-inch display is bright, clear, and attractive.
Cons: No dual-drive RAID at this price. Tested configuration uses very good, but slightly older and slower ATI graphics solution. DVD burner is single format (-RW), not dual-format.
Excerpt: When Apple's Steve Jobs introduced the Apple Power Mac G5 this summer as the fastest personal computer any company had built to date, we took it with a grain of salt. After all, Apple had made that boast in the past, and those claims did not tend to hold up when independent third parties (such as ourselves) ran tests on current, real-world applications (not the synthetic benchmark tests Apple cited). Well, we'll take that salt with a side of fries.
Excerpt: I jumped for joy when my editor asked me if I wanted to review a fully maxed out version of the Apple Power Mac dual-2GHz G5 running Mac OS X v10.3 "Panther." This new machine, built around the IBM PowerPC 970 processor, is quite..
Summary: With two dual-core CPUs and workstation-level graphics, the Power Mac G5 Quad is the burliest, fastest Mac to date, but it may soon become obsolete because Apple's move to Intel CPUs is already underway.
Pros: Powerful, workstation-class graphics card on a PCI Express bus; excellent performance on multithreaded applications; fast system bus.
Cons: Wireless AirPort card not included in default configuration; external modem; poor AirPort reception; difficult to add second drive; no RAID option.
Conclusion: The Apple Power Mac Quad is the latest and greatest in the Power Mac line. If the Apple iMac G5 isn't enough computer for your Mac OS needs, then the Power Mac Quad will blow you away.
Pros: Blazing multimedia performance for professionals. Two cores in two chips equal hiccup-free performance. 1TB of drive space. Future-proof PCIe and DDR2 technologies.
Cons: nVidia Quadro graphics are overkill. Very expensive. Not compatible with DDR SDRAM and PCI/PCI-X expansion cards used in previous generations of Power Macs. Only 90 days of included tech support.
Conclusion: We recommend the Power Mac Dual 2.7GHz for power-hungry photo, music, and video artists who need expansion space and the horsepower to get the job done. The Power Mac Dual 2.7GHz represents the pinnacle of Mac computing.
Pros: Up-to-date graphics. Quiet. Bright, brilliant 30-inch widescreen display. Supports up to 8GB of memory. Case is easy to work in for upgrades. Speedy 16X dual-layer DVD writer.
Cons: No external speakers in package. Highest-end graphics card required for 30-inch display support. Pricey with all the options. No dual-drive RAID at this price.
Apple's first quad-processor Mac is a performance demon
Consumer Electronics Net
19 December 2005
Excerpt: The Power Mac G5 Quad is, simply, the most powerful Mac workstation to date. Offering four 64-bit 2.5 GHz processors (in a dual dual-core configuration), this top of the line system also sports numerous other improvements in architecture and various components, such as dual independent gigabit Ethernet interfaces, PCI Express and support for the workstation-class Nvidia Quadro FX 4500 512 MB graphics card. Apple ( ) Mac OS X $3,299 for the base configuration.
Huge improvement over G4, competitive price/performance
Consumer Electronics Net
14 May 2004
Excerpt: When Apple's Power Mac G5 computer ($4398 as tested) arrived at the Midwest Test Facility, we all stood around it, just staring at it like those apes in 2001: A Space Odyssey . One of us reached out and tentatively touched a small button on the front of the minimalist sculpture-like unit, and it sprang to life. Our 64-bit computing era on the Mac had begun. How much of an improvement over its predecessor would it show us?
Summary: The Power Mac G5 Quad may seem expensive, but it's a bargain considering the additional processor cores. There's no reason for any professional facility not to upgrade because the equipment cost will quickly be recouped in the form of higher productivity and the ability to serve more clients faster.
Pros: Aesthetically pleasing design, Huge increase in speed, PCI Express Support