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

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.

Manufacturer’s Description

The Power Mac G5 Dual and Power Mac G5 Quad introduce dual-core PowerPC processors, a modern PCI Express architecture, and wicked-fast workstation graphics. Power one up today and blaze through your work, deliver ahead of schedule, and astound your clients because this baby really moves.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.apple.com/

The Specs

Processor
Processor type PowerPC G5 Dual-Core
Processor speed 2500.0 MHz
Display
Included monitor No
Graphics
Primary Graphics Chipset Nvidia GeForce 6600
General Information
UPC Code 718908730676
Memory
Memory type DDR2
Case
Chassis style Tower

Performance

Macworld Labs
iTunes 6.0.3 0:43
Speedmark 4.5 Score 272
iMovie 6.0.1 0:41
Tested Configuration Mac OS X 10.4.5, 1GB of RAM
Photoshop CS2 0:46
Cinema 4D XL 9.5.21 0:30
Unreal Tournament 2004 65.1fps