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Apple Introduces Power Mac G5 Quad

updated 01:15 pm EDT, Wed October 19, 2005

Power Mac G5 Quad

Apple today unveiled its featuring the Power Mac G5 Quad, providing quad-core processing with two 2.5 GHz dual-core PowerPC G5 processors. All Power Mac G5 models now feature dual-core processors, a new PCI Express architecture and higher performance graphics options including NVIDIA's Quadro FX 4500. "The Power Mac G5 Quad delivers the workstation performance our creative and scientific customers demand," said Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "With quad-core processing, a new PCI Express architecture, and the fastest workstation card from NVIDIA, the new Power Mac G5 Quad is the most powerful system we've ever made."

With two 2.5 GHz dual-core processors, each with 1MB of L2 cache, the Power Mac G5 Quad delivers performance increases for many applications. For example:

  • Final Cut Pro® 5 encodes SD video content up to 60 percent faster on the new Power Mac G5 Quad when compared with the Dual Processor 2.7 GHz Power Mac G5;


  • Adobe Photoshop runs a series of 45 commonly used filters and actions 43 percent faster on the new Power Mac G5 Quad when compared with the Dual Processor 2.7 GHz Power Mac G5;


  • Adobe After Effects renders video effects up to 69 percent faster on the new Power Mac G5 Quad when compared with the Dual Processor 2.7 GHz Power Mac G5;


  • LightWave 3D renders animation up to 59 percent faster on the Power Mac G5 Quad when compared with the Dual Processor 2.7 GHz Power Mac G5; and


  • The scientific benchmark Bioinformatics Benchmark System (BBS version 3) completes a comparison of genomic sequences up to 39 percent faster on the Power Mac G5 Quad when compared with the Dual Processor 2.7 GHz Power Mac G5.



The new PCI Express architecture provides four expansion slots to support high-performance video and audio devices and multiple standard graphics cards to drive an array of up to eight displays. The Power Mac G5 delivers up to 16GB of 533 MHz DDR2 SDRAM and now features two Gigabit Ethernet ports -- ideal for customers working in an Xsan environment. Providing industry-leading connectivity and high-performance I/O, every Power Mac G5 also includes one FireWire 800 port, two FireWire 400 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, two USB 1.1 ports, optical and digital audio input and output, and built-in support for AirPort® Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR. The new Power Mac G5 line also includes Apple's next generation mouse, Mighty Mouse, featuring up to four programmable buttons and an ingenious Scroll Ball that lets users scroll in any direction -- vertically, horizontally and even diagonally.
The new Power Mac G5 comes standard with either the NVIDIA GeForce 6600 LE with 128MB of video memory or the NVIDIA GeForce 6660 with 256MB of video memory, both provide support for dual-displays and Apple's breakthrough 30-inch Cinema HD Display, now priced at $2,499. The NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT with 256MB of video memory and the NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 with 512MB of video memory are both available as build-to-order options. The Quadro FX 4500 is ideal for demanding animation, special effects and scientific visualization applications such as Alias' Maya and DeLano Research's PyMol. The Quadro FX 4500 can drive up to two 30-inch Apple Cinema HD Displays and includes a stereo 3D port to connect goggles for stereo-in-a-window applications.
Pricing
The Power Mac G5 Dual, with a suggested retail price of $1,999 (US), includes:

  • dual-core 2.0GHz PowerPC G5 processor;
  • 512MB of 533 MHz DDR2 SDRAM expandable up to 16GB;
  • 160GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • NVIDIA GeForce 6600 LE with 128MB of GDDR SDRAM
  • three open PCI Express expansion slots: two 4-lane slots and one 8-lane slot;
  • dual Gigabit Ethernet ports;
  • 16x SuperDrive(TM) with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW); and
  • ships with Mighty Mouse and Apple Keyboard.


The Power Mac G5 Dual, with a suggested retail price of $2,499 (US), includes:

  • dual-core 2.3 GHz PowerPC G5 processor;
  • 512MB of 533 MHz DDR2 SDRAM expandable up to 16GB;
  • 250GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • NVIDIA GeForce 6600 with 256MB of GDDR SDRAM
  • three open PCI Express expansion slots: two 4-lane slots and one 8-lane slot;
  • dual Gigabit Ethernet ports;
  • 16x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW); and
  • ships with Mighty Mouse and Apple Keyboard.


The Power Mac G5 Quad, with a suggested retail price of $3,299 (US), includes:

  • two dual-core 2.5GHz PowerPC G5 processors;
  • 512MB of 533 MHz DDR2 SDRAM expandable up to 16GB;
  • 250GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • NVIDIA GeForce 6600 with 256MB of GDDR SDRAM
  • three open PCI Express expansion slots: two 4-lane slots and one 8-lane slot;
  • dual Gigabit Ethernet ports;
  • 16x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW); and
  • ships with Mighty Mouse and Apple Keyboard.




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  1. caddisfly

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    ...hmmmm

    I was about to bite the bullet on a new desktop machine....

    I wonder how the new 1 cpu dual core 2GHz compares to the previous 2 cpu single core 2GHz?

    can't wait for the cinebench scores on these new machines....

  1. Todd Madson

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Cool beans but....

    The quad looks very interesting. I see they're still selling the 2.7 ghz dual machine as a solution for those users requiring PCI-X cards.

    I'd love to try out the quad on something like Seti or a really demanding multitrack audio project or a big video encode.

    Could be very cool - maybe in a few years I can grab a quad used for a song when everyone else is entranced with the Intel world.

  1. Chopper3

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    7800GT card

    odd that this card is mentioned in the "Learn More" section of the G5 sales page yet you can't select it to buy...

  1. OtisWild

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Meh.

    Where's the BTO 7800GT/GTX? Is the RAM multichannel? Will it support good DDR2 timings, or are we stuck with c*** latency?

    Most importantly, will it do >25fps in Ironforge? @ 1600x1200 (or 2560x1600)? With all the chrome on max and max viewing distance?

    To go to all the trouble to build a PCIe chipset with new mem technology and to come up short at the end? They must really not care about switching power users (gamers)...

  1. rok

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: meh

    yes, you're right otiswild, apple doesn't care about gamers. it doesn't care about you. come to think of it, neither do we.

  1. OtisWild

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Eat me.

    Enjoy the niche.. It's just a shame that OS X is hobbled by such junk hardware. Especially after all the work involved in updating the platform (only to have it go away in 1.5 years)?

    I guess it won't matter after Apple drops its legacy business to focus on iPod anyway.. I just hope they opensource Aqua first so Linux folx on decent hardware don't have to suffer.

  1. JulesLt

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Def Nell

    ??

  1. Todd Madson

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Junk hardware?

    It's just a shame that such nice hardware elsewhere is hobbled by such junk operating system software (MS). Especially after all the work involved updating the platform to only have it go away when Vista comes out.

    Turnip-out is fair play.

  1. misterdna

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Damn...

    Damn, not only do I no longer have the fastest production Mac, but MacNN is rubbing my nose in the impressive speed gains... After Affects renders are 69% faster on the Quad than on my Dual 2.7?

    Come on caddisfly, buy one and let me live vicariously!

  1. caddisfly

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    ...taking contributions

    misterdna,

    .....am accepting contributions to diminish the delta between the low and upper ends! ;-) paypal accepted!

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