PC Magazine has posted its
2003 Awards for Technical Excellence. The awards are presented to “the products and technologies that moved the state of the art forward, those that broke new ground.” Apple’s own Power Mac G5 grabbed the top honor for Personal Computers.
PC Magazine lauds the Power Mac G5 as “a dazzling display of disruptive technology and processor independence,” and called its use of PCI-X slots, AGP 8x Pro graphics, FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 “state of the art.” The magazine also said that Apple’s done a “superb job of heat management” with the sophisticated cooling system employed by the G5, while creating “a commendably quiet machine” in the process.
“The G5 performed significantly better than any previous Mac—and equaled or bettered the performance of Intel-platform machines—on our all-important graphics and content creation tests,” said the magazine, which called the G5 “an important step forward in desktop computer technology.”
The Power Mac G5 was joined by 35 other products in 11 different categories. Also on the list was Epson’s Stylus Pro 4000 printer, PalmOne’s Treo 600 PDA, the Cornice Storage Element, 802.11g wireless networking technology, AMD’s Opteron and Athlon 64 CPUs, and Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. The list is on PC Magazine’s Web site now and appears in the December 30, 2003 issue of PC Magazine.