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Thursday, October 20, 2005
Apple Introduces Power Mac G5 Quad & Power Mac G5 Dual


Apple's new Power Mac G5 desktop line is powered by two 2.5 GHz dual-core PowerPC G5 processors. All Power Mac G5 models also feature a new PCI Express architecture and higher performance graphics options including NVIDIA's Quadro FX 4500.

With two 2.5 GHz dual-core processors, each with 1MB of L2 cache, the Power Mac G5 Quad promises breakthrough performance on applications used extensively by creative professionals and scientists.

Apple claims that 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. In addition, 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.

The supported PCI Express architecture provides four expansion slots to support 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. Providing enhanced 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 a 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 30-inch Cinema HD Display, 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 2.0 GHz and 2.3 GHz Power Mac G5 Dual are available now and the 2.5 GHz Power Mac G5 Quad will be available in early November through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), Apple?s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

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 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.

Build-to-order options include up to 16GB of NECC or ECC DDR2 SDRAM, up to two 500 GB Serial ATA hard drives running at 7200 rpm, NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT with 256MB of GDDR3 SDRAM, NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 graphics card with 512MB of GDDR3 SDRAM, AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth module, Apple Wireless Keyboard and Apple Wireless Mouse, Xserve RAID and Apple Fibre Channel PCI Express Card.


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