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Apple Power Mac G5

Apple Power Mac G5
alaScore 86

803 reviews

Nov, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 803 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability. The design also gets good comments, whereas comments are divided on the price. There are some less positive views about the size.

usability, design, reliability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple Power Mac G5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analysed 17 user reviews of Apple Power Mac G5 from The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktop Computers on

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100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple POWER MAC G5-2Ghz Dual Core Processor 160GB Hard Drive 512MB Memory DVDR/CDRW Optical DriveApple Powermac 2.0GHZ PPC G5 160GB TOW 512MB Tower PCApple Powermac G5-1.8GHZ SP 80GB 256MB Superdrive 3XPCI-A

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 448 user reviews of Apple Power Mac G5 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Desktops on

usability, design, reliability


77% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple Power Mac G5 Desktop M9454LL/A (Dual 1.8-GHz Power PC G5, 256 MB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, SuperDrive)Apple Power Mac G5 Desktop M9747LL/A (Dual 2.0 GHz Power PC G5, 512 MB RAM, 160 GB Hard Drive, 16x Dual Layer SuperDrive)Apple Power Mac G5 Desktop M9749LL/A (Dual 2.7 GHz PowerPC G5, 512 MB RAM, 250 GB Hard Drive, 16x Dual Layer SuperDrive)

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Apple Power Mac G5 Quad


Thanks to its two dual-core 2.5GHz PowerPC G5 CPUs and 4GB of 533MHz SDRAM, the Power Mac G5 Quad is the fastest Mac we've ever tested. Though our $5,949 review unit (with no monitor) included a professional-grade Nvidia Quadro video card, we expect...

Powerful, workstation-class graphics card on a PCI Express bus; excellent performance on multithreaded applications; fast system bus.

Wireless AirPort card not included in default configuration; external modem; poor AirPort reception; difficult to add second drive; no RAID option.

With two dual-core CPUs and workstation-level graphics, the Power Mac G5 Quad is the burliest, fastest Mac to date, but it may soon become obsolete because Apple's move to Intel CPUs is already underway.


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Apple Power Mac G5 Quad


The Apple Power Mac Quad is the latest and greatest in the Power Mac line. If the Apple iMac G5 isn't enough computer for your Mac OS needs, then the Power Mac Quad will blow you away.

Blazing multimedia performance for professionals. Two cores in two chips equal hiccup-free performance. 1TB of drive space. Future-proof PCIe and DDR2 technologies

nVidia Quadro graphics are overkill. Very expensive. Not compatible with DDR SDRAM and PCI/PCI-X expansion cards used in previous generations of Power Macs. Only 90 days of included tech support

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Apple Power Mac G5/Quad 2.5GHz


Speedy video card ; Dual Gigabit Ethernet jacks support advanced networking options ; Huge memory capacity ; PCI Express expansion slots ; Two dual-core processors deliver substantial performance gains in many applications

Cooling fans noisy when system is under heavy load ; Limited performance gains in many routine office and even Photoshop tasks

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Apple Power Mac G5/Dual 2.3GHz


Very good performance ; Excellent graphics capabilities ; PCI Express slots ; Huge memory capacity

No backward compatibility with PCI or PCI-X cards ; No improvement in performance compared with dual-processor model

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Apple Power Mac G5 Dual 2.0GHz (2005)


Lots of bang for the buck ; Comes with more RAM and larger hard drive ; Double-layer SuperDrive

Smaller hard drive ; No PCI-X slots ; Half the memory capacity of the more-expensive models

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Apple Power Mac G5 1.8GHz


Costs $500 less than the lowest-level dual Power Mac ; Includes most of the same advanced technologies as the more expensive models

Inadequate RAM and smallish hard drive ; 4GB maximum memory ; PCI rather than PCI-X slots ; Much slower than other Power Macs

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Apple Power Mac G5 dual 2.5GHz


Flipping an elegant but sturdy latch opens the Power Mac G5's side panel, which slides off and on so smoothly, other case designers must envy it. The inside has an austere, extremely efficient layout that makes gaming PCs, with their flashing lights...

Fast; silent; elegant design.

Minimal internal expansion; expensive; lackluster warranty.

Creative pros and power users will salivate over the speed and the design of Apple's top-of-the-line Power Mac G5, but we wish it offered more expansion and better support.

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Apple Power Mac G5 Dual 1.8GHz (2004)


FireWire 800 ; Lots of bang for the buck ; 8x SuperDrive ; Gigabit Ethernet

Comes with only 256MB of RAM and 80GB hard drive ; Hobbled compared with other G5s ; Extremely large size

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Apple Power Mac G5 Dual 2 GHz


The silver Power Mac G5 Dual 2 GHz is Apple's latest Über-computer. The dual 64-bit G5 processors run on a blazingly fast 1,000-MHz system bus, giving the G5 performance comparable with—and sometimes better than—the other systems in our roundup.

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Apple Power Mac G5/1.8GHz


Superb performance ; Packed with cutting-edge technologies ; Quiet ; Huge memory capacity

Large case size ; Limited space for internal storage

Product Specifications

The success of today's creative professionals depends on their ability to crunch increasing quantities of data quickly and efficiently. They need vast amounts of RAM to handle memory-intensive applications and enormous media files. They need superfast, sophisticated graphics capabilities to visualize complex 3D models and manipulate high-resolution images. And they need comprehensive input and output options to connect to a myriad of industry-specific peripherals. Enter the all-new Power Mac G5, the world's fastest personal computer, ready to meet the high-performance, no-compromise requirements of creative professionals everywhere. At the center of this revolutionary system is the PowerPC G5, the world's first 64-bit desktop processor, developed in collaboration with IBM and produced using state-of-the-art IBM process technology. Combine this advanced processor with the industry's fastest front side bus, a high-bandwidth architecture, and plenty of high-speed memory - and the Power Mac G5 outperforms even the fastest Pentium 4-based desktop computers. And since the G5 processor runs 32-bit code natively, your favorite Mac OS X applications will run faster on the new Power Mac, with no optimization or upgrades required. The Power Mac G5 also introduces a host of leading-edge standards to the Mac platform, making digital production, scientific solutions, and everyday work dramatically faster and more manageable. High-speed PCI-X slots allow you to connect to external devices using industry-leading expansion technology. Serial ATA enables fast access to up to 500 GB of internal storage for huge databases and media assets, and an AGP 8X Pro graphics controller supports the next generation of graphics cards for eye-popping 2D and 3D visuals. What's more, the new Power Mac features an efficient cooling system based on super quiet, low-speed fans - all packed into an anodized aluminum chassis with easy access to internal components. Whether you 're a film director, a musician, a graphic artist, or a scientist, the Power Mac G5 is your path to enhanced creativity and unparalleled productivity. Discover how you can accomplish things you never dreamed possible.

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Tower

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Tower

Cache Memory

Installed Size:1MB/2MB/4MB/512KB
Per Processor Size:2MB/512KB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)


Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Country Kits:United Kingdom/United States
Model:G5/G5 Dual/G5 Quad
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Apple Power Mac


Data Bus Speed:1.25GHz/1000MHz/1150MHz/1250MHz/1GHz/800MHz/900MHz


Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Type:Fax / modem/None


Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet/Gigabit Ethernet / Fast Ethernet
Type:Network adapter

Optical Storage

Read Speed:32x (CD) / 10x (DVD)/32x (CD) / 16x (DVD)/32x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:10x/24x (CD)
Write Speed:16x (CD) / 4x (DVD)/24x (CD) / 16x (DVD/24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)

OS Provided

Type:Apple MacOS X 10.2/Apple MacOS X 10.3/Apple MacOS X 10.4


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:1.6GHz/1.8GHz/2.3GHz/2.5GHz/2GHz
Installed Qty:1/2
Max Supported Qty:1/2
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Type:PowerPC G5


Installed Size:256MB/512MB
Max Supported Size:16GB/4GB/8GB

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Controller (2nd)


Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Interface Type:Serial ATA-150

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:160GB/250GB/80GB
Type:Personal computer

Video Memory

Installed Size:128MB/256MB/64MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI Radeon 9600 PRO/ATI Radeon 9600 XT/NVIDIA GeForce 6600/NVIDIA GeForce 6600LE/NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra
Interface Type:AGP 8x/PCI Express x16