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Second-Generation Power Mac G5

At a Glance

This dual-2.0 GHz Power Mac G5 is the middle model of the second round of Power Mac G5 models, which were introduced in June 2004. It is largely the same model as the original dual-2.0GHz Power Mac G5, but with a different stock video card.

Price when rated: $2,499

Pros

  • Good performance
  • FireWire 800
  • Huge memory and hard-drive capacity
  • 8x SuperDrive
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • PCI-X

Cons

  • Extra performance and features compared with entry model’s may not justify $500 price premium
  • Extremely large size
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At a Glance

Featuring a liquid cooling system, the dual-2.5 GHz Power Mac G5 is the top of the line of the second round of Power Mac G5 models, which were introduced in June 2004.

Price when rated: $2,999
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Pros

  • FireWire 800
  • Huge memory and hard-drive capacity
  • Appreciably faster than any other Mac
  • 8x SuperDrive
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • PCI-X

Cons

  • Relatively pricey
  • Extremely large size
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At a Glance

This dual-1.8 GHz Power Mac G5 is the bottom model of the second round of Power Mac G5 models, which were introduced in June 2004. It is largely the same model as the original mid-range dual-1.8GHz Power Mac G5.

Price when rated: $1,999

Pros

  • FireWire 800
  • Lots of bang for the buck
  • 8x SuperDrive
  • Gigabit Ethernet

Cons

  • Comes with only 256MB of RAM and 80GB hard drive
  • Hobbled compared with other G5s
  • Extremely large size
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