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Power Mac G5/Quad 2.5GHz

At a Glance
  • Apple Power Mac G5/Quad 2.5GHz

    Macworld Rating

    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
  • Macworld Rating

    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.

    MSRP: $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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