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Power Mac G5 Dual 2.5GHz (2004)

At a Glance
  • Apple Power Mac G5 Dual 2.5GHz (2004)

For the graphics and media pros the Power Mac G5 line is designed for, we think the clear speed advantage of the dual-2.5GHz model makes it well worth its $2,999 price tag. But if your budget is tight, you can live with a little less than maximum performance, and you don't foresee any need for PCI-X or more than 4GB of memory, then our recommendation is the $1,999 base model. It's only a little slower than Apple's midrange offering, and even after you add some RAM and maybe a larger hard drive, you'll still save several hundred dollars.

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.

    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
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