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Apple PowerMac G5 Single-Core (PCI-X)

Announced in June 2003, the PowerMac G5 was Apple's long-awaited fifth generation PowerPC-based machine. In an important move, Apple decided to break with Motorola, and use and IBM-designed processor. Motorola had been chronically delayed for both processor design and shipment, and was at least a year away from its fifth-generation PowerPC CPU. Apple and IBM had worked closely together for nearly a year of the PowerPC 970 Processor (publicly referred to as the G5), and the 64-bit PowerMac G5 represented a huge leap forward in both processor and machine design.

Housed in an innovative new Aluminium enclosure, the PowerMac G5 was the first 64-bit consumer-level desktop computer ever sold. It featured either a single 1.6 or 1.8 Ghz processor, or dual 2.0 Ghz processors. It included a variety of motherboard enhancements, including PCI-X slots, and 8X AGP slot, a Serial-ATA bus, and up to 8 GB of RAM. Most impressive of all was the front-side bus speed, which was increased to half of the processor speed-up to 1.0 Ghz. This represented a more than six-fold improvement over the previous PowerMac G4 model.

The PowerPC 970 was a higher-power and higher-temperature chip than its 74xx predecessors, and a considerable amount of engineering went into the cooling system of the PowerMac G5. The case was divided into 4 discreet "thermal zones" each with its own cooling system.

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PowerMac G5 (open) PowerMac G5

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Original Tech Specs

  • Introduced: June 2003
  • CPU: PPC970 (G5)
  • CPU speed: Single 1.6/1.8 2 x 1.8/2/2.3/2.5/2.7GHz
  • FPU: integrated
  • Maximum RAM: 4.0 / 8.0 GB
  • RAM sockets: 4 / 8 , PC3200 DDR DIMM
  • Minimum speed: 400 MHz/
  • ROM: 1 MB ROM +
  • L1 cache: 32 k data, 32 k instruction
  • L2 cache: 512kb backside (1:2)
  • Data path: 64 bit
  • Bus speed: 600/900MHz 1/1.25GHz
  • System Software: 10.3.2 to 10.5
  • Slots: 4 PCI-X, 1 1 8xAGP
  • USB: 3 ( 2.0)
  • FireWire: 2 external,
  • FireWire 800 : 1 external
  • AirPort: optional ( Extreme)
  • Bluetooth: Optional
  • HD: 80/160 GB SATA
  • CD: Superdrive
  • Display: 8x AGP
  • Ethernet: 10/100/1000B-T
  • Gestalt ID: 406
  • power: 700 Watts
  • Weight: 39.2lbs.
  • Dimensions: 20.1" H x 8.1" W x 18.7"