The Power Mac G5 is the world's fastest and first personal computer with a 64-bit processor. Powered by up to two PowerPC G5 processor at speed of 2GHz, a new ultrahigh-bandwidth system architecture, AGP 8X Pro graphics and room for up to 8 gigabytes of main memory, the Power Mac G5 is a breakthrough in desktop processing power.
Chassis Style: Tower
Included Drives: DVD-Writer DVD-R
Operating System: Mac OS X 10.3 Panther
Included Devices: Keyboard, Mouse
Video Chipset: Radeon 9600 Pro
Processor Class: PowerPC G5
Processor Speed: 2000
Installed Memory: 512
Product Title: Apple Power Mac Desktop Computer - PowerPC G5 2 GHz - Tower
Power Score: 5 | 5 Reviews
Processor Speed: 2 GHz
Cache Size: 512 KB
Number of Installed Processors: 2
Installed Memory: 512 MB
Max System Memory: 8 GB
Memory Technology: DDR SDRAM
Memory Socket: 4 Total/1 Free
Drive Controllers: Ultra ATA
Interface Connection: 3 x USB 2.0, Firewire Yes, DVI Yes, VGA Yes, Ethernet RJ-45 Yes, Audio Line In Yes, Audio Line Out Yes, Modem RJ-11 Yes
Hard Drive Capacity: 160 GB
Number of Hard Drives Included: 1
Max Resolution: 1920 x 1200
Video Bus: AGP 8x
Installed Video Memory: 64 MB
Modem / Networking
Included Network Card: Gigabit Ethernet
Weight: 39.20 lb
Warranty Information: 1 Year
URL: Manufacturer Link
Bus Speed: 1 GHz
CD-ROM Read Speed: 32 X (CD,CD-R)
CD Rewrite Speed: 8 X (CD,CD-R)
CD Write Speed: 16 X (CD,CD-R)
Chassis Color: Grey
Display Resolution: 1600 x 1200 (UXGA)
DVD-ROM Read Speed: 8 X (DVD, DVD-R)
Input Devices: Keyboard, Mouse
Labor Warranty: 1 year(s)
Modem Speed: 56 Kbps
Modem Type: Internal
Number of Other Bays: 2
Parts Warranty: 1 year(s)
Number of PCI Slots: 3
Audio Codec: Digital Audio (16-bit)
Maximum Number of Processors: 2
Video Integration: Card
Number of AGP Slots: 1
Included Speakers: No
System Compatibility: Macintosh
DVD Write Speed: 4 X (DVD, DVD-R)
Number of Hard Drives Supported: 2
Included Monitor: No
Included Printer: No
Product Reviews (5)
Strengths: Fast, elegant, well thought out computer
Weakness: heavy to carry
The powermac g5 is my 5th mac I have had, and is by far the best. At first I had some issues with the hard drive making clicking noises, but that was when I had the stock 256mb ram. Now I have 2.25GB ram, and the speed is terrific, and it is extremely quiet. My external hard drives make much more noise than the PM, and the PM has 8 more fans! The thing is a monster though, and you could pretty...
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The powermac g5 is my 5th mac I have had, and is by far the best. At first I had some issues with the hard drive making clicking noises, but that was when I had the stock 256mb ram. Now I have 2.25GB ram, and the speed is terrific, and it is extremely quiet. My external hard drives make much more noise than the PM, and the PM has 8 more fans! The thing is a monster though, and you could pretty much place just about any normal pc inside of it (if the PM were empty). Solid computer!
By anonymous; - Oct 18, 2005
I've always owned Macs, and...
Strengths: Fast! Beautiful! Quiet!
Weakness: Big and heavy - but that's not so important
I've always owned Macs, and finally upgraded from my old G4 to this. The speed difference is wonderful! I can now render in Shake at 180 percent of the CPU and still surf the web with little to no noticable slowdown! That's a huge jump from what I was having to put up with before (spinning beachball hell). This machine also runs almost silent, except for the occasional rev up of the fans when...
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I've always owned Macs, and finally upgraded from my old G4 to this. The speed difference is wonderful! I can now render in Shake at 180 percent of the CPU and still surf the web with little to no noticable slowdown! That's a huge jump from what I was having to put up with before (spinning beachball hell).
This machine also runs almost silent, except for the occasional rev up of the fans when you're suddenly throwing a lot of numbers at the processor. Compared to my G4, this runs quiet as a mouse!
By jmajer - Mar 9, 2005
I an a Photoshop user and a...
Strengths: Iv'e owned 2G%s for a while now and Iv'e only scene 1 crash on 1 machine and never on the other. It's the fastest computer in the world
Weakness: It's too big to put on the desk so I keep them on the floor on wheels care of DR BOTT
I an a Photoshop user and a digital printer. I can print to 4 printers at the same time with no loss of speed . My main machine has 4.5 GBs ram . I can run 2 editions of Photoshop at the same time and print and get my e-mail without noticeing any slow down. I have a 2.8 GB Dell and the G5s are double the speed.
By michaelkaycar - Sep 2, 2004
The Power Macintosh G5 is an...
Strengths: wicked fast, rock-solid stability, beautiful case design, incredibly quiet during normal use, easily upgradeable, standard cd/dvd burner, supports ridiculous amounts of RAM
Weakness: included RAM takes two slots, opaque coating on clear inner door tab can get scratched off
The Power Macintosh G5 is an awesome machine. I upgraded from a 266MHz Power Mac G3 at home and a 1.7GHz Dell at work, so it should be no surprise that this machine absolutely destroys both of them. Furthermore, the G5 has an incredible price/performance ratio. When my boss was deciding what computer to get me, we also looked at some Intel-based machines. The top-of-the-line Dell was slower than...
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The Power Macintosh G5 is an awesome machine. I upgraded from a 266MHz Power Mac G3 at home and a 1.7GHz Dell at work, so it should be no surprise that this machine absolutely destroys both of them. Furthermore, the G5 has an incredible price/performance ratio. When my boss was deciding what computer to get me, we also looked at some Intel-based machines. The top-of-the-line Dell was slower than the G5, but it cost over $2,000 more! Kudos to Apple for bringing price/performance back from the brink.
The first thing you’ll notice when you get your G5 is the package. Apple is the only computer company I know of that truly “gets it” when it comes to design, and it’s been said that even opening the box is an experience to be relished. Well, it’s true. Major thumbs up on the packaging.
The second thing you’ll notice about the G5 is its size. At over 20" tall and 18" deep, this is a LARGE computer. Whenever I show her off to my friends, this is what they always mention—that and the beautiful 20" Apple Cinema Display we got along with her. The size, however, is not without a purpose: the G5’s inner case is divided into four separate, climate-controlled areas, cooled by nine computer-controlled fans. You’d think this would make for a loud computer (anyone remember the “wind tunnel” G4?), but it’s actually quite the opposite: the various thermometers in the G5’s various compartments assure that the fans stay at low speed unless that compartment really needs some extra cooling; even then, the only fans that kick in are the ones that cool that compartment. For example, if you’re doing some really hard drive–intensive work, the hard drive fans will kick into high gear while the processor fans remain at their normal speed. You really have to see it (and hear it!) to understand.
On the subject of seeing, the G5 also has a double-door system on the right side. The outer door is opaque, a solid-colored, aluminum behemoth marked by a single Apple logo. This covers the entire right side of the machine and can be completely removed simply by flipping a switch on the back of the computer, then gently pulling it off. Beneath this outer door is a clear plastic, inner door that I use a lot more often. With the outer door removed, you can see right into the machine, while the clear plastic door maintains the climate control in the various compartments. Interestingly enough, the inner door only covers the lower compartments, leaving the DVD burner and hard drive(s)—open to the world. Perhaps these don’t require as tight a temperature range, or perhaps this just keeps them even cooler; regardless, it certainly doesn’t hurt anything to have them uncovered, as their pitch-black color blends in beautifully with the inside of the machine.
The clear door is not without its downside, however: on the bottom of the door are three tabs which hold it in place. The front two tabs are clear, like the rest of the door; the rearmost tab, however, is opaque. A tiny laser shines at this rear tab to determine if the door is in place, because if it isn’t, the climate control is shot and all nine fans kick into high gear to make sure the Mac doesn’t overheat. (All nine fans constantly running at top speed is quite loud; however, one has to credit Apple for erring on the side of caution.) So here’s the catch: if you remove the inner door a lot—for example, if you have a lot of upgrades to install—the opaque coating can get scratched off. It took me and an Apple Authorized Repair Technician (who, in his defense, had never even SEEN the then–brand new G5) a week to figure out what was going on. (Thank goodness for AppleCare and its free, on-site service!) After countless hours of work replacing the motherboard and both processors, then re-calibrating everything, we finally determined that the whole thing could have been fixed with just a little dab of Liquid Paper on that fersnicken rear tab.
Another minor beef is that the RAM—which, by the way, can now be upgraded to 16GB!!!—must be installed in pairs, so two of your eight slots will be taken up by whatever RAM comes with it. I was expecting the stock ½GB of RAM to only take up one slot, leaving me with seven additional slots for expansion. Instead, I received two 256MB chips (for a total of 512MB), leaving me with only six. (I do a lot of design work, so I filled four more slots with 512MB each, for a total of 2½GB. I figure that should keep me busy for a while.)
I’ve heard of people having trouble with the dual G5—apparently there was a “chirping” issue in a few of the early machines—but I’ve never had any problems. The operating system is rock solid, too. I can’t say I’ve never seen a crash, but I’ve only seen it once when I didn’t expect it. (The other time, it was because I did something really stupid; you can’t blame the computer for that one.)
Bottom line: this is by far the best computer we’ve ever owned, and with new models just around the corner, it’s only going to get better.
By theOtter - Apr 23, 2004
I've always been a Macintosh user...
Strengths: Processor speed, Panther OS system, Overall Product Design
Weakness: Cannot boot Mac OS 9.x
I've always been a Macintosh user and Apple has definitely topped themselves with this machine. No problems with it so far. It's fast, yet reliable and it looks like a million bucks, as well! I'm the envy of my friends with this bad boy!
By hunger - Jan 16, 2004