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Apple Power Mac G5 Desktop M9032LL/A (Dual 2.0-GHz PowerPC G5, 512 MB RAM, 160 GB Hard Drive, DVD-R/CD-RW Drive) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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3.5 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews
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  • IBM PowerPC G5 Processor 2GHz
  • 512MBDDR RAM
  • 160GB 7200RPM Hard Drive
  • ATI Radeon 9600 Pro
  • Mac OS X 10.3
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Product Description

Product Description

The Apple Power Macintosh G5/2.0 DP (PCI-X), along with the Power Macintosh G5/1.6 and Power Macintosh G5 1.8, is a member of the first Mac series to use the 64-bit PowerPC 970 (G5) processor, and consequently are arguably the first "desktop" computers to use 64-bit chips. In addition to higher clock speeds, the PowerPC 970 (G5) has a "new execution core that features massively parallel computation for an unprecedented 215 in-flight instructions", and the Power Macintosh G5 uses a new system architecture as well. Together this combination results in major speed gains compared to earlier Apple systems.The Power Macintosh G5/2.0 (PCI-X) features dual 2.0 GHz PowerPC 970 (G5) processors each with an optimized AltiVec "Velocity Engine" vector processing unit and 512k level 2 on-chip cache. It shipped configured with 512 MB of 400 MHz PC3200 DDR SDRAM, a 160.0 GB (7200 RPM) Serial ATA hard drive, a 4X DVD-R/CD-RW "SuperDrive", and an ATI Radeon 9600 Pro (AGP 8X Pro) video card with 64 MB of DDR SDRAM. In addition to including FireWire "400" and "800", ADC, DVI, support for AirPort Extreme (802.11g) and Bluetooth 1.1, the Power Macintosh G5 also introduces USB 2.0 (on the Mac) and optical digital audio in/out. Additionally, this model and the mid-range Power Macintosh G5 1.8 introduced PCI-X slots.


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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Screen Resolution Monitor Not included
Processor 2 GHz PowerPC G5
Memory Speed 400 MHz
Hard Drive 160 GB SATA
Graphics Coprocessor ATI Radeon 9600
Chipset Brand ATI
Card Description ATI DRADEON 9600
Graphics Card Ram Size 64 MB
Wireless Type 802.11G
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 3
Brand Name Apple
Series Power Mac
Item model number M9032LL/A
Hardware Platform Mac
Operating System Mac OSX 10.3 Panther
Item Weight 39.2 pounds
Product Dimensions 18.7 x 8.1 x 20.1 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 18.7 x 8.11 x 20.12 inches
Color Silver
Processor Brand IBM
Processor Count 2
Computer Memory Type DDR SDRAM
Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA
Hard Drive Rotational Speed 7200 RPM
Optical Drive Type DVD Super Multi
Audio-out Ports (#) 1
Power Source AC
Voltage 240 volts

Technical Specification

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Customer Reviews
3.5 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #15,138 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
#1,392 in Computers & Accessories > Desktops
Shipping Weight 48.7 pounds
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First Available June 23, 2003

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Once again, Apple leads the way. A super-fast, dual processor "flying" machine. Apple certainly has a way of packaging innovation into a box that virtually explodes when you need computing power. The G5 processor is part of the latest technology from IBM. It is a true 64-bit processor with automatic 32-bit processing capability (that translates to more speed because selection of 32 or 64 bit processing is handled directly by hardware.)
Apple includes their latest, highly stable, Unix-based operating system, OS X. A high powered graphics engine rounds out the core capabilities.
Apple has not forgotten the latest technology advances either.
The disk is Serial ATA, USB is version 2.0, both FireWire and FireWire 800 ports are included.
If you want to try wireless networking, the G5 is ready for AirPort Extreme (an optional card to allow your Mac to network wirelessly at up to 56 Mbps - 802.11g standard. Intel is still expounding the virtues of Centrino - 802.11b, which maxes out at 11 Mbps.) BlueTooth is another option, for wireless connectivity of closely located devices (printers, mice, keyboards, some cellular phones, etc.)
Additonal Features: The dual-processor model has eight memory slots (memory must be installed in matched pairs) for up to 8 GB of RAM. The SuperDrive allows you to read and write CDs and DVDs.
With all this going for it, can there be any negative points? Unfortunately, yes. Since they are minor points, in my opinion, they don't detract from the overall rating. The included keyboard seems a bit flimsy. The optical mouse needs a medium to dark colored, slightly textured, non-reflective surface to operate properly. Also, the price-point is still a bit high.
Overall, this machine is a great performer, extremely fast, stable and just plain fun to use.
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Amazing speed, and extremely quiet! I'm quite surprised that no one has yet given a review to this wonderful piece of equipment. I guess you don't need to. That statement about "you get what you pay for" is very true. But if you actually look at it, if I were to buy a top of the line dual AMD Opteron or Pentium Xeon system with the same basic configuration, I'd be spending about the same amount of money. And as a graphic designer, I almost went totally PC when I purchased a Pentium 2.8GHz HT (Hyper Threading - the so-called "multitasking" want a be Mac processor) for my wife. Well much to my dismay, I was using a demo of Adobe Photoshop CS to test the PCs' skills, only to find out that when I went to save a 160MB file, that I only saved about 7 to 8 seconds of time compared to my 5 year old G4 (400MHz single processor) system. Mind you, they both had the same amount of RAM. That's when I remembered testing one of the machines at an Apple store a few months before I almost made that fatal decision to go PC. I saved a 250MB Photoshop file in about 9 seconds!!! Now, the new G5 that's out is the dual 2.5's. So that means the dual 2.0 machines are $500 less (now, $2,500.00). And if you're like me, and can take a couple of weeks to spend some dedicated time to finding a better price, you can actually save about a thousand or more buying it used. I did. I purchased a G5 dual 2.0GHz, 250MB HD, with 1.5GB of RAM and the extended Apple Care Warranty; the full three years was already included with the machine, for a total of $2,400.00. (...) I was a little scared, because I heard about some horror stories about people who got taken of there hard earn money not to get what they paid for. I even found out that the person who owned this G5 was only 115 miles away. So I picked it up myself.
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By A Customer on July 15, 2004
To complain about prices or chosen base graphics card is ridiculous. If you want to compare this product with a custom made computer... CUSTOM ADD SOME STUFF TO IT! The price of PC3200 memory is exactly the same for this as for a P4 system. Find 512MB sticks for 115 bucks each and then pop 8 in. Presto, 4 gigs for 900 bucks (AN ABSOLUTE BARGAIN!)It would cost more than twice that on a Dell (Dell=gag!).
I actually appreciate the barebones nature of this machine, it allowed me to save money by pricewatching my memory instead of paying the out of box price. Try maxing out a Sony PC, or even a Dell out of the box, its way more money than if you just pop in some yourself.
Compare this beauty to a Sony desktop, its every bit as slick and its actually usefully slick instead of just shiny to get you to pay more money. And seriosly, PC gamers are ruining the whole idea of computers as powerful tools, and Microsoft is doing a glorios job at promoting this. Win XP is THE video game platform for all the twenty somethings that should really just grow up. Big video graphics cards aren't even used by Windows except in games, OS X panther uses video hardware every chance it gets and enhances productivity. This machine is for work for Pete's sake, look at the price tag. If you're using this primarily for games, you simply have no respect for your dollar. Plain and simple.
About OS X, I would pay 200-400 dollars extra just for this operating system. It is actually worth money to me, VS Win XP which is a dime a dozen. If the speed were the same or slower i would still want Panther, it is quite simply DESIRABLE. It makes me want to work, and it definitely promotes creativity. My PC is like creating inside a prison cell. Panther is like a summer cabin.
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