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Power Mac G5 Dual 2.0GHz (2005)

This dual-2.0 GHz Power Mac G5 is the bottom dual-processor model of the third round of Power Mac G5 models, which were introduced in late April 2005. Unlike previous dual-2GHz configurations, this one doesn't have PCI-X slots and can only support 4 GB of RAM.

2.0GHz and 1.8GHz iMac G5s

The processors powering the latest round of iMac G5 updates are faster, but not to a degree you’re likely to notice without a stopwatch. Instead, the real value of this update lies in a series of welcome improvements to other system components—more memory and the transformation of AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth cards from mere options into standard features. Henry Norr evaluates the three latest iMac models in this review.

20-inch iMac G5/2.0GHz

The iMac G5 is a computer completely built into a flat-panel monitor. This model, which has a 20-inch display and a 2.0GHz G5 processor, is in the top of the line of the second iteration of the iMac G5, introduced in early May 2005. It includes a base of 512MB of RAM and built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0.

17-inch iMac G5/2.0GHz

The iMac G5 is a computer completely built into a flat-panel monitor. This model, which has a 17-inch display and a 2.0GHz G5 processor, is in the middle of the line of the second iteration of the iMac G5, introduced in early May 2005. It includes a base of 512MB of RAM and built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0.

17-inch iMac G5/1.8GHz (2005)

The iMac G5 is a computer completely built into a flat-panel monitor. This model, which has a 17-inch display and a 1.8GHz G5 processor, is the bottom of the second iteration of the iMac G5, introduced in early May 2005. It includes a base of 512MB of RAM and built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0.

First look: Dual-2.7GHz, -2.3GHz, and -2.0GHz Power Mac G5s

There are welcome advances in Apple’s latest round of Power Mac updates—faster processors, bigger hard drives, and more memory. But Henry Norr finds little to get excited about in his first look at the new desktops. Read about what’s changed and how the addition of double-layer support to the Power Mac’s SuperDrive will affect you.

Mac mini/1.42GHz

Apple's least expensive Mac ships without a mouse, display, or keyboard. But it does feature a G4 processor, up to 80GB of storage depending on configuration, and a slot-loading DVD-ROM/CD-RW optical drive. In July 2005, Apple doubled installed memory to 512MB across the mini line. AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth wireless capabilities are now standard on this model.

Mac mini/1.25GHz

Apple's least expensive Mac ships without a mouse, display, or keyboard. But it does feature a G4 processor, up to 80GB of storage depending on configuration, and a slot-loading DVD-ROM/CD-RW optical drive. In July 2005, Apple doubled the installed memory to 512MB across the mini line.

Mac mini

The Mac mini won’t appeal to computer users looking for a lot of raw processing power. But it’s a stellar bargain if you want a tiny machine for performing basic tasks—even with its skimpy amount of preinstalled RAM. And it’s especially appealing to users who already have their own monitor, input devices, and peripherals.

1.8GHz Power Mac G5

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Power Mac G5 Dual 2.0GHz (2004)

This dual-2.0 GHz Power Mac G5 is the middle model of the second round of Power Mac G5 models, which were introduced in June 2004. It is largely the same model as the original dual-2.0GHz Power Mac G5, but with a different stock video card.

Power Mac G5 Dual 1.8GHz (2004)

This dual-1.8 GHz Power Mac G5 is the bottom model of the second round of Power Mac G5 models, which were introduced in June 2004. It is largely the same model as the original mid-range dual-1.8GHz Power Mac G5.

Power Mac G5 Dual 2.5GHz (2004)

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.