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Apple PowerMac G5

Every model in Apple’s new Power Mac G5 features dual 64-bit PowerPC G5 processors. The top model—offering two 2.5GHz processors, a front-side bus running at 1.25 GHz per processor and advanced liquid cooling—starts at $2,999. The entry model, featuring dual 1.8GHz processors, starts at $1,999.

Powered by the PowerPC G5 processor, the Power Mac G5 uses 64-bit processing technology for memory expansion up to 8 GB, and advanced 64-bit computation while running existing 32-bit applications natively. The top-of-the-line Power Mac G5 now offers dual 2.5GHz PowerPC G5 processors, each with an independent 1.25GHz front-side bus for a bandwidth of up to 20 GBps. All Power Mac G5 systems ship with Mac OS X version 10.3 Panther.

The Power Mac G5 line offers leading-edge expansion with dual 1.5-Gbps serial ATA interfaces, the PCI-X interface technology and AGP 8x Pro graphics. The Power Mac G5 comes standard with either the NVIDIA GeForceFX 5200 Ultra or the ATI Radeon 9600 XT graphics card; the ATI Radeon 9800 XT high-performance graphics card is available as a build-to-order option for 3-D design, visualization and gaming. All Power Mac G5 desktops deliver high-quality connectivity and high-performance I/O, including Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire 800 and FireWire 400 ports, three USB 2.0 ports, optical digital audio input and output, built-in support for 54Mbps AirPort Extreme wireless networking and an optional Bluetooth module.

The dual 1.8GHz and dual 2.0GHz Power Mac G5 models are available now, and the dual 2.5GHz Power Mac G5 model is expected to be available in July. The single 1.25GHz Power Mac G4, with suggested retail price of $1,299, will no longer be in production and is available for purchase while supplies last.

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