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Power Mac G5/Quad 2.5GHz

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  • Apple Power Mac G5/Quad 2.5GHz

    Apple adds a dual-core processor -- two processing units on a single chip -- to its Power Mac line. This particular model features two dual-core G5 chips, letting applications take advantage of four 1MB...

At a Glance

Apple adds a dual-core processor -- two processing units on a single chip -- to its Power Mac line. This particular model features two dual-core G5 chips, letting applications take advantage of four 1MB L2 caches, four 128-bit Velocity Engines and eight double-precision floating point units. This desktop also adds PCI Express, a high-performance interface that's particularly appealing to video pros. Also new: a double-layer SuperDrive, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, and faster DDR2 RAM.

Price when rated: $3,299

Pros

  • Speedy video card
  • Dual Gigabit Ethernet jacks support advanced networking options
  • Huge memory capacity
  • PCI Express expansion slots
  • Two dual-core processors deliver substantial performance gains in many applications

Cons

  • Cooling fans noisy when system is under heavy load
  • Limited performance gains in many routine office and even Photoshop tasks
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