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

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.

Manufacturer’s Description

The creative class needs superior tools to produce designs, music, high-definition video or the next scientific breakthrough. The Power Mac G5 line spans as far as you require. Its dual 64-bit G5 processors ? with speeds of up to 2.5GHz ? room for up to 8GB of main memory, 8X SuperDrive and ultrahigh-bandwidth system architecture will give you more results than systems costing twice as much. The Power Mac G5?s ultra-high bandwidth system architecture features up to a 1.25GHz frontside bus ? one on each processor ? for maximum throughput from the system to the G5 processor. And a point-to-point system controller lets data move directly between subsystems, without affecting processor function.It?s easy to plug printers, scanners and other devices into the Power Mac G5. In addition to sporting a full complement of ports on the back, the front panel of the Power Mac G5 offers FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 ports, as well as a headphone jack. Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire, USB 2.0 and optical digital and analog audio are integrated through two bi-directional 16-bit, 800MHz HyperTransport interconnects for a maximum throughput of 3.2GB per second.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.apple.com/

The Specs

Processor
Processor type PowerPC G5
Processor speed 2500.0 MHz
Display
Included monitor No
Resolution 1920 x 1200 pixels
Graphics
Primary Graphics Chipset ATI Radeon 9600
General Information
UPC Code 718908624654
Memory
Memory type DDR-SDRAM
Motherboard
Motherboard Chipset Proprietary
Other Features
Devices
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse
Case
Chassis style Tower (Midsize)

Performance

Macworld Labs
Cinema 4D XL 9.1 1:08
iMovie HD 0:36
iTunes 4.7 0:54
Tested Configuration Mac OS X 10.4, 512MB RAM
Photoshop CS2 0:56
Compressor 4:19
Speedmark 4.0 Score 225
Unreal Tournament 2004 52fps