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Apple Power Mac G5

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Overall 8
8.0

Apple Power Mac G5 Dual (2.7GHz)

PC Magazine
20 September 2006
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Power Mac G5/Quad 2.5GHz

Macworld
21 November 2005
  • Summary: Apple adds a dual-core processor -- two processing units on a single chip -- to its Power Mac line. This particular model features two dual-core G5 chips, letting applications take advantage of four 1MB L2 caches, four 128-bit Velocity Engines and eight double-precision floating point units. This desktop also adds PCI Express, a high-performance interface that's particularly appealing to video pros.
  • Pros: Speedy video card, Dual Gigabit Ethernet jacks support advanced networking options, Huge memory capacity, PCI Express expansion slots, Two dual-core processors deliver substantial performance gains in many applications
  • Cons: Cooling fans noisy when system is under heavy load, Limited performance gains in many routine office and even Photoshop tasks
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Overall 8
8.0

Power Mac G5s: Two brains, one chip

Macworld
7 November 2005
  • Summary: Apple adds a dual-core processor -- two processing units on a single chip -- to its Power Mac line. The new desktops also add PCI Express, a high-performance interface that's particularly appealing to video pros. (To that end, the Power Mac line offers several video card build-to-order options above the Nvidia GeForce 6600 that comes standard on this model.) Also new: a double-layer SuperDrive, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, and faster DDR2 RAM.
  • Pros: Very good performance, Excellent graphics capabilities, PCI Express slots, Huge memory capacity, Solid performance, PCI Express slots, Huge memory capacity
  • Cons: No backward compatibility with PCI or PCI-X cards, No improvement in performance compared with dual-processor model, No backward compatibility with PCI or PCI-X cards, No improvement in performance compared with dual-processor model
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Overall 8
8.0

Power Mac G5/Dual 2GHz

Macworld
7 November 2005
  • Summary: Apple adds a dual-core processor -- two processing units on a single chip -- to its Power Mac line. The new desktops also add PCI Express, a high-performance interface that's particularly appealing to video pros. (To that end, the Power Mac line offers several video card build-to-order options above the Nvidia GeForce 6600 LE that comes standard on this model.) Also new: a double-layer SuperDrive, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, and faster DDR2 RAM.
  • Pros: Solid performance, PCI Express slots, Huge memory capacity
  • Cons: No backward compatibility with PCI or PCI-X cards, No improvement in performance compared with dual-processor model
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Overall 8
8.0

Power Mac G5/Dual 2.3GHz

Macworld
7 November 2005
  • Summary: Apple adds a dual-core processor -- two processing units on a single chip -- to its Power Mac line. The new desktops also add PCI Express, a high-performance interface that's particularly appealing to video pros. (To that end, the Power Mac line offers several video card build-to-order options above the Nvidia GeForce 6600 that comes standard on this model.) Also new: a double-layer SuperDrive, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, and faster DDR2 RAM.
  • Pros: Very good performance, Excellent graphics capabilities, PCI Express slots, Huge memory capacity
  • Cons: No backward compatibility with PCI or PCI-X cards, No improvement in performance compared with dual-processor model
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Overall 8
8.0

Power Mac G5 Dual 2.3GHz

Macworld
31 May 2005
  • Summary: This dual-2.3 GHz Power Mac G5 is the middle dual-processor model of the third round of Power Mac G5 models, which were introduced in late April 2005. Unlike previous models, a 56K modem is only an option on this system.
  • Pros: Good performance, PCI-X slots, Double-layer SuperDrive, Huge memory capacity, Big hard drive
  • Cons: Extra performance and features compared with entry-level model may not justify $500 price premium
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Overall 8
8.0

Power Mac G5 Dual 2.0GHz (2005)

Macworld
31 May 2005
  • Summary: This dual-2.0 GHz Power Mac G5 is the bottom dual-processor model of the third round of Power Mac G5 models, which were introduced in late April 2005. Unlike previous dual-2GHz configurations, this one doesn't have PCI-X slots and can only support 4 GB of RAM.
  • Pros: Lots of bang for the buck, Comes with more RAM and larger hard drive, Double-layer SuperDrive
  • Cons: Smaller hard drive, No PCI-X slots, Half the memory capacity of the more-expensive models
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Overall 8
8.0

Power Mac G5 Dual 1.8GHz (2004)

Macworld
20 October 2004
  • Summary: This dual-1.8 GHz Power Mac G5 is the bottom model of the second round of Power Mac G5 models, which were introduced in June 2004. It is largely the same model as the original mid-range dual-1.8GHz Power Mac G5.
  • Pros: FireWire 800, Lots of bang for the buck, 8x SuperDrive, Gigabit Ethernet
  • Cons: Comes with only 256MB of RAM and 80GB hard drive, Hobbled compared with other G5s, Extremely large size
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Overall 7
7.0

Power Mac G5 Dual 2.0GHz (2004)

Macworld
20 October 2004
  • Summary: This dual-2.0 GHz Power Mac G5 is the middle model of the second round of Power Mac G5 models, which were introduced in June 2004. It is largely the same model as the original dual-2.0GHz Power Mac G5, but with a different stock video card.
  • Pros: Good performance, FireWire 800, Huge memory and hard-drive capacity, 8x SuperDrive, Gigabit Ethernet, PCI-X
  • Cons: Extra performance and features compared with entry model’s may not justify $500 price premium, Extremely large size
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Overall 7
7.0

Second-Generation Power Mac G5

Macworld
20 September 2004
  • Summary: This dual-2.0 GHz Power Mac G5 is the middle model of the second round of Power Mac G5 models, which were introduced in June 2004. It is largely the same model as the original dual-2.0GHz Power Mac G5, but with a different stock video card. Featuring a liquid cooling system, the dual-2.5 GHz Power Mac G5 is the top of the line of the second round of Power Mac G5 models, which were introduced in June 2004.
  • Pros: Good performance, FireWire 800, Huge memory and hard-drive capacity, 8x SuperDrive, Gigabit Ethernet, PCI-X, FireWire 800, Huge memory and hard-drive capacity, Appreciably faster than any other Mac, 8x SuperDrive, Gigabit Ethernet, PCI-X, FireWire 800, Lots of bang for the buck, 8x SuperDrive, Gigabit Ethernet
  • Cons: Extra performance and features compared with entry model’s may not justify $500 price premium, Extremely large size, Relatively pricey, Extremely large size, Comes with only 256MB of RAM and 80GB hard drive, Hobbled compared with other G5s, Extremely large size
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