The creative class needs superior tools to produce designs, music, high-definition video or the next scientific breakthrough. The new Power Mac G5 line extends as far as you require. Up to two 64-bit G5 processors reaching top speeds of 2.5 GHz, room for up to 8 GB of main memory, pro performance graphics cards and ultrahigh-bandwidth system architecture will give you more results than systems costing twice as much.
Mac OS X really shines at top speeds, and the Power Mac G5 offers whiplash-fast models, from a single processor 1.8 GHz configuration to the dual processor power of 1.8 GHz, 2 GHz and 2.5 GHz models with a substantial speed boost at the top of the line. The dual 2.5 GHz model packs so much power into tight quarters that Apple designed a liquid cooling system for it, resulting in a cool tower that runs Photoshop nearly two times faster than a Pentium 4-based system. In fact, for most creative endeavors, the Power Mac G5 simply has no competition in its class.
Does It Faster
The PowerPC G5 processor dramatically accelerates performance in real world applications. When compared head-to-head against PCs in a large series of Photoshop tests, the dual 2.5GHz, dual 2GHz, dual 1.8 GHz and single 1.8 GHz Power Mac G5 systems ran the 45 filters 98%, 82%, 66% and 20% faster, respectively, than the 3.4 GHz Pentium 4-based system and 75%, 63%, 48% and 11% faster than the dual 3.2 GHz Xeon-based system. *
Exquisitely Advanced Technology
With 64-bit power and high-bandwidth architecture, this groundbreaking system alleviates the limitations and bottlenecks of the traditional PC -- opening up a wealth of possibilities for 2-D and 3-D designers, video and audio producers, scientists, researchers and game developers and players. The industrys fastest frontside bus, an advanced system controller and high-speed, high-capacity memory combine to make the Power Mac G5 one of the fastest PCs ever built.
Bandwidth to Burn
The ultrahigh-bandwidth system architecture of the Power Mac G5 features up to a 1.25 GHz frontside bus -- one on each processor -- for maximum throughput from the system to the G5 processor. And a point-to-point system controller lets data move directly between subsystems, without affecting processor function.
Its easy to plug printers, scanners and other devices into the Power Mac G5. In addition to sporting a full complement of ports on the back, the front panel of the Power Mac G5 offers FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 ports, as well as a headphone jack. Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire, USB 2.0 and optical digital and analog audio are integrated through an 800 MHz bi-directional HyperTransport bus.
High-speed AGP 8X Pro Graphics Bus
The Power Mac G5 comes with the ATI Radeon 9600 XT or NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra graphics card installed in an AGP 8X Pro slot for a maximum bandwidth of 2.1 GB per second. And thats a good thing, because the Power Mac G5 uses graphics cards not only to accelerate the latest video games, but the entire system as well. AGP 8X Pro gives Quartz Extreme the fullest power to display Mac OS X features as quickly as possible. Your graphics card does some heavy lifting so the G5 processor can do more number crunching at the same time.
The dual 2.0 GHz and dual 2.5 GHZ Power Mac G5 models come with three PCI-X slots, giving you the benefit of the advances in PCI technology. The PCI-X protocol supports high-performance PCI devices, increasing speeds from 33 MHz to 133 MHz and throughput from 266 Mbps to 2 GBps. So you can customize your Power Mac G5 to your creative use, with video capture cards, pro audio tools, fibre channel networking and high-speed disk drives.
Four on the Floor
The Power Mac G5 product line comes in four muscular configurations -- single 1.8 GHz, dual 1.8 GHz, dual 2.0 GHz and dual 2.5 GHz -- to support your creative endeavors. They all feature the legendary SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW) as standard equipment across the line at 8X speed. And of course they come with one FireWire 800 port, two FireWire 400 ports, three PCI-X or PCI expansion slots, DVI connector, ADC connector, two USB 2.0 ports, analog audio in, analog audio out, optical S/PDIF in, optical S/PDIF out, front headphone and speaker jack and built-in Gigabit Ethernet -- all as standard equipment. All models are AirPort Extreme-ready and feature an optional internal Bluetooth module.
* Testing conducted by Apple in May 2004 using preproduction dual 1.8 GHz, 2 GHz and 2.5GHz Power Mac G5 units and in August 2004 using preproduction single 1.8 GHz Power Mac G5 units; all other systems were shipping units. File size = 600 MB.