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Apple Power Mac G5

Apple Power Mac G5
alaScore 87

516 reviews

Dec, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 516 reviews of Apple Power Mac G5. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size. The design is also mentioned favorably, whereas the price and reliability get mixed comments.

usability, design, size

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 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple Power Mac G5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Apple Power Mac G5 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the reliability. The usability also gets good feedback.

usability, reliability

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

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Dec, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple Power Mac G5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 261 user reviews of Apple Power Mac G5 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.com. Reviews about the size and design are on the whole positive. The price and usability also get good comments. There are some mixed opinions about the reliability.

usability, price, design, size

75% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Daniel Drew Turner (cnet.com)

Apple Power Mac G5 Quad

 

Apple's new relationship with Intel looms heavily over the Apple Power Mac G5 Quad, but if you need an Apple-based content-creation platform right now, this system and its pair of dual-core CPUs will give you heretofore unseen levels of performance.

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.

Jan, 2006

Expert review by : Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

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

Dec, 2005

Expert review by : Henry Norr (pcworld.com)

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

Nov, 2005

Expert review by (pcworld.com)

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

Nov, 2005

Expert review by (pcworld.com)

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

May, 2005

Expert review by : Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

Apple Power Mac G5 Dual (2.7GHz)

 

Up-to-date graphics. Quiet. Bright, brilliant 30-inch widescreen display. Supports up to 8GB of memory. Case is easy to work in for upgrades. Speedy 16X dual-layer DVD writer.

No external speakers in package. Highest-end graphics card required for 30-inch display support. Pricey with all the options. No dual-drive RAID at this price.

Don't miss Apple Power Mac Dual 2.7GHz's Ratings and Test Results

May, 2005

Expert review by : Henry Norr (pcworld.com)

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

Nov, 2004

Expert review by (pcworld.com)

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

Oct, 2004

Expert review by : Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

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.

Nov, 2003

Expert review by : Henry Norr (pcworld.com)

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

Nov, 2003

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

Built-in Microphone: Yes

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

Certificates

Energy Star certified: Yes

Design

Chassis type:Desktop / Tower
Color of product:Silver
Number of 3.5" bays:2

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:18.7in/18in
Height:20.1in
Weight:39.2lbs/44.5lbs
Width:8.1in

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:10
Display Diagonal:17 / 20
Display Resolution:1440 x 900 / 1680 x 1050
HD type:Not supported

Display (Projector)

Type:None.

Energy Management

Power supply input frequency:50 - 60 / 50/60
Power supply input voltage:100 - 240 / 100-125 V AC or 200-240 V AC / 100-125V AC or 200-240V AC

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes

Expansion Slots

PCI slots:3

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter memory:64
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon 9600 / AMD Radeon 9650 / NVIDIA GeForce 6600 / NVIDIA GeForce 6600 LE / NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.064 / 0.128 / 0.256
On-board graphics adapter:N
On-board graphics adapter model: No

Header

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

Mainboard

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

Memory

Internal memory:0.25 / 0.5
Internal memory type:DDR-SDRAM / DDR2-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 2 / 4 / 8
Memory clock speed:400
Memory layout:2 x 0.5
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 0.5
Memory slots:4x DIMM

Modem

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

Networking

Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet/Gigabit Ethernet / Fast Ethernet
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Internal modem: Yes
Modem Speed:56
Type:Network adapter

Operational Conditions

Operating altitude:0 - 120000
Operating relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Operating relative humidity range:5 - 95
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):10 - 35
Relative humidity:5 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 47
Storage temperature range (T-T):-40 - 47

Optical Drive

DVD read speed:10 / 16 / 8
DVD write speed:16 / 4 / 8
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi

Optical Storage

Read Speed:32x (CD) / 10x (DVD)/32x (CD) / 16x (DVD)/32x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:10x/24x (CD)
Type:CD-RW / DVD-R/DVD
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

Other Features

AGP x8 slots:1
Audio Input:Audio line / Optical digital Toslink connectors
Bundled hardware:Apple Keyboard, Mighty Mouse, USB-toetsenbordverlengkabel, DVI-naar-VGA-adapter
Cache internal:0.512
CD read speed:16 / 24 / 32
CD rewrite speed:10 / 16 / 8
CD write speed:16 / 24
Communication:Fax / modem - integrated - 56 Kbps ( V.92 )
Compatible operating systems:Mac OS X 10.2, Mac OS 9 / Mac OS X v10.2 Jaguar / Mac OS X v10.3 Panther / Mac OS X version 10.3 “Panther” / Mac OS X version 10.4 Tiger
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab
Copper ethernet cabling technology:1000BASE-T, 1000BASE-TX, 100BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 10BASE-T
Dimensions (WxDxH):8.11 x 18.7 x 20.1
Display:N / TFT
Display included: Yes
Drive device, buffer size:8
DVD read speed:8
DVD rewrite speed:16
DVD write speed:4
Ethernet interface type:Gigabit
Graphics adapter family:ATI / NVIDIA
Hard disk drive type:SATA / Serial ATA
I/O ports:Two FireWire 400 ports; three USB 2.0 ports, two USB 1.1 ports (on keyboard); VGA output; S-video and composite video output
Interface:Built-In / One FireWire 800 port, two FireWire 400 ports (one on front); three USB 2.0 ports (one on front), two USB 1.1 ports (on keyboard); AGP 8X Pro slot with graphics card installed, including ADC connector and DVI connector / USB, FireWare, RJ-45, RJ-11
Internal drive bays:2 hard drive
Mac compatibility: Yes
Maximum graphics adapter memory:128 / 64
Maximum number of SMP processors:1 / 2
Modem Speed:56
Modem Type:56K V.92 / Internal / V.92
Networking features:10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit) / 10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet / Ethernet/Fast Ethernet / Ethernet/Fast Ethernet/AirPort Extreme / Ethernet/Fast Ethernet/Gigabit Ethernet / Ethernet/Fast Ethernet/Gigabit Ethernet/AirPort Extreme / Gigabit Ethernet / Network adapter - Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet
Operating temperature (T-T):50 - 95
Operating temperature range (T-T):50 - 95
Platform:Mac
Power Management:AC 110/230 V ( 50/60 Hz ) / Energy Star
Processor Manufacturer:IBM
Speakers:Built-in stereo speakers / Integrated stereo
USB 1.1 ports quantity:2
Video adapter, bus:AGP 8X
Warranty:1 Year / 1 year warranty
Warranty note:1 Year / 1 year warranty
Weight:36.2 / 39.2
Wireless option type:AirPort Extreme; Bluetooth

Packaging Content

Bundled software:ashboard, Mail, Safari, iChat AV, Address Book, QuickTime, iLife (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD and GarageBand), iCal, DVD Player, Classic environment, Art Directors Toolkit X, GraphicConverter, Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Test Drive, OmniGraffle, OmniOutliner, QuickBooks New User Edition, Zinio Reader, Xcode Developer Tools / Classic environment, Mail, iChat AV, Safari, Sherlock, Address Book, QuickTime, iSync, iCal, iLife ’04 (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD and GarageBand), AppleWorks, World Book 2004 Edition, Nanosaur 2, Marble Blast Gold, Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Test Drive and Apple Hardware Test CD / Dashboard, Mail, Safari, iChat AV, Address Book, QuickTime, iLife (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD and GarageBand), iCal, DVD Player, Classic environment, Art Directors Toolkit X, GraphicConverter, Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Test Drive, OmniGraffle, OmniOutliner, QuickBooks New User Edition, Zinio Reader, Xcode Developer Tools / iLife (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD and GarageBand), Art Directors Toolkit, GraphicConverter, Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Test Drive, OmniGraffle, OmniOutliner, Mail, iChat AV, Safari, Sherlock, Address Book, QuickTime, iSync, iCal, DVD Player, Classic environment, Xcode Developer Tools / iLife (including iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie and iDVD), QuickBooks for Mac New User Edition, FAXstf, Art Directors Toolkit, Microsoft Office v.X Test Drive, FileMaker Pro Trial, OmniGraffle, OmniOutliner, GraphicConverter, QuickTime, iChat, Safari, Sherlock, Address Book, iCal, iSync, DVD Player, Mail, EarthLink, Acrobat Reader, Classic environment and Apple Developer Tools / Mail, iChat, Safari, Sherlock, Adresboek, QuickTime, iLife (bestaat uit iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie en iDVD (6)), iSync, iCal, Dvd-speler, Classic-omgeving, Acrobat Reader, Art Directors Toolkit, FAXstf, FileMaker Pro Trial, GraphicConverter, OmniGraffle, OmniOutliner en Developer Tools / Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat AV, Safari, Adresboek, QuickTime, iLife (omvat iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD en GarageBand), iCal, Dvd-speler, Classic-omgeving, Art Directors Toolkit X, FileMaker Pro Trial, GraphicConverter, Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Test Drive, OmniGraffle, OmniOutliner, Xcode Developer Tools
Display included: No

Performance

Audio system:Sound card / Stereo
Product type:PC

Ports & interfaces

DVI port: Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1 / 2
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1 / 2
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:3
Headphone outputs:1
I/O ports:1 x FireWire 800;\n2 x FireWire 400 (1 on front);\n3 x USB 2.0 (one on front);\n2 x USB 1.1 (on keyboard);\n1 x AGP 8X Pro / One FireWire 800 port, two FireWire 400 ports (one on front); three USB 2.0 ports (one on front), two USB 1.1 ports (on keyboard); AGP 8X Pro slot with graphics card installed, including ADC connector and DVI connector / • One FireWire 800 port and two FireWire 400 ports (one on front panel, 15W total power) \n• Three USB 2.0 ports (one on front panel), two USB 1.1 ports on keyboard \n• Front headphone minijack and speaker\n• Optical digital audio input and output Toslink connectors \n• Analogue audio input and output minijacks\n• 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet (RJ-45) \n• Built-in 56K V.92 modem (RJ-11)
Line-in: Yes
Line-out: Yes
Microphone in: Yes
Modem (RJ-11) ports:1
S/PDIF out port: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:3 / 4

Power

Power supply input frequency:50 - 60 / 50/60
Power supply input voltage:100 - 240 / 100-125 V AC or 200-240 V AC / 100-125V AC or 200-240V AC

Processor

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
Number of processors installed:1 / 2
Processor cache:0.5 / 2 / 4
Processor cache type:L2
Processor cores:1
Processor family:PowerPC G5
Processor frequency:1.8 / 2 / 2.5 / 2.7
Processor front side bus:600
Type:PowerPC G5
Upgradability:Upgradable

RAM

Installed Size:256MB/512MB
Max Supported Size:16GB/4GB/8GB
Technology:DDR SDRAM/DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Software

Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.2 / Mac OS X 10.3

Storage

Card reader integrated: No
Hard disk rotational speed:7200
Hard Drive Capacity:160 / 80
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:7200
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Total Storage Capacity:160 / 250 / 80

Storage Controller (2nd)

Type:IDE/None

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Interface Type:Serial ATA-150

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

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

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:18.7 / 6.81 / 7.44
Height:16.9 / 18.6 / 20.1
Weight:18.5 / 25.1 / 36.2 / 39.2 / 44.5 / 48.7
Width:16.8 / 19.4 / 8.11