Pros

  • Good performance
  • PCI-X slots
  • Double-layer SuperDrive
  • Huge memory capacity
  • Big hard drive

Cons

  • Extra performance and features compared with entry-level model may not justify $500 price premium

At A Glance

This dual-2.3 GHz Power Mac G5 is the middle dual-processor model of the third round of Power Mac G5 models, which were introduced in late April 2005. Unlike previous models, a 56K modem is only an option on this system.

Manufacturer’s Description

Professionals need superior tools to produce designs, music, high-definition video or the next scientific breakthrough. Start your next project on the ultimate creative platform. This Power Mac G5 model offers lightning-fast performance and comes with Tiger Mac OS X. Search your entire Power Mac in a single click with Spotlight, access up-to-the-second information with Dashboard and run all of your software faster. With its 64-bit features, Tiger also provides access to as much physical memory as you can install.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.apple.com/

The Specs

Processor
Processor type PowerPC G5
Processor speed 2300.0 MHz
Display
Included monitor No
Graphics
Primary Graphics Chipset ATI Radeon 9600
General Information
UPC Code 718908377826
Memory
Memory type DDR-SDRAM
Other Features
Devices
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse
Case
Chassis style Tower

Performance

Macworld Labs
Cinema 4D XL 9.1 1:13
iMovie HD 0:35
iTunes 4.7 0:58
Tested Configuration Mac OS X 10.4, 512MB RAM
Photoshop CS2 0:59
Compressor 3:52
Speedmark 4.0 Score 226
Unreal Tournament 2004 40fps