Apple has released its Power Mac G5, which features the first 64-bitdesktop processor and the industry’s first 1GHz front-side bus.Powered by the PowerPC G5 processor designed by IBM and Apple, thePower Mac G5 uses 64-bit processing technology for memory expansion (upto 8 GB) and advanced 64-bit computation, while running existing 32-bitapplications natively.
“The 64-bit revolution has begun and the personal computerwill never be the same again,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’sCEO. “The new Power Mac G5 beats the fastest Pentium 4 anddual-Xeon-based systems in industry-standard benchmarks and real-worldprofessional applications.”
The Power Mac G5 line offers dual 2.0GHz PowerPC G5 processors, eachwith an independent 1GHz front-side bus, for 16 GBps of bandwidth. Theline also features the industry’s highest bandwidth memory(400MHz/128-bit DDR SDRAM with throughput up to 6.4 GBps); an extremelyfastest PCI interface (133MHz PCI-X); and cutting-edge AGP 8X Prographics capabilities, all within a new professional aluminum enclosurefeaturin computer-controlled cooling for quiet operation.
The PowerPC G5 processor is a result of the strategic relationshipbetween Apple and IBM. The processor's architecture is based on acompletely new execution core that features massively parallelcomputation for 215 in-flight instructions; full symmetricmultiprocessing; two double-precision floating-point units; and anoptimized Velocity Engine.
The Power Mac G5 line will be available in August and will ship withMac OS X “Jaguar” with Mail, iChat, Safari, Sherlock®,Address Book, QuickTime, iLife (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, andiDVD), iSync, iCal, DVD Player, Classic environment, Acrobat Reader,Art Directors Toolkit, EarthLink, FAXstf, FileMaker Pro Trial,GraphicConverter, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office VersionX Test Drive, OmniGraffle, OmniOutliner, QuickBooks for Mac New UserEdition and Developer Tools.
The Power Mac G5 will be available in build-to-order configurationsthrough Apple's Website (www.apple.com).