Apple on Tuesday added a 1.8GHz single-processor Power Mac G5 desktop computer to its arsenal. The US$1,499 system is offered alongside dual-processor computers running at 1.8GHz, 2.0GHz and 2.5GHz.
Like the dual 1.8GHz system, Apple’s new single-processor 1.8GHz model features Nvidia GeForce FX 5200 Ultra graphics in an 8x AGP slot, SuperDrive, an 80GB Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive, three 33MHz 64-bit PCI slots, a FireWire 800 port, two FireWire 400 ports and three USB 2.0 ports. The single-processor computer features a slower frontside bus, however — clocked at 600MHz instead of 900MHz.
The single-processor 1.8GHz Power Mac G5 features an internal expansion slot for an Apple “AirPort Extreme” 802.11g-compliant wireless networking card and can also accommodate Bluetooth, to connect to compatible peripherals like cell phones, PDAs and printers.
Apple’s reasoning for adding a fourth configuration to the Power Mac line-up was very simple.
“We simply wanted to offer a more affordable price point for our customers to get into the Power Mac G5 product line,” Tom Boger, senior director for Desktop Product Marketing, told MacCentral.
Added Comments from interviews with Apple executives 10/19/04 12:45 pm