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Thursday, October 20, 2005
 
Quad Power Mac G5, New PowerBooks Unveiled
8:07 AM | Andy Largent | 11 comments

Apple has announced the long-rumored release of the Power Mac G5 based on a dual-core CPU architecture. This means their professional line each now features a dual-core processor, with the top-end machine doubled to give the user "groundbreaking quad-core processing." Along with the tower upgrades, the PowerBook G4s have also gotten bumped with higher resolution screens.

Interestingly, all of the Power Mac G5s now feature Nvidia video cards exclusively, rangings from a GeForce 6600LE up to a Quadro FX 4500 with 512MB of VRAM (and a $1,650 bump over the regular 6600).

The entry-level Power Mac G5 gives you a dual-core running at 2GHz at starts at $1,999:

Dual-core 2GHz PowerPC G5 processor
1GHz frontside bus per processor
1MB L2 cache per core
512MB of 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-4200)
160GB Serial ATA hard drive
16x SuperDrive (double-layer)
Three open PCI-Express expansion slots
NVIDIA GeForce 6600 LE with 128MB GDDR SDRAM
The middle machine runs at 2.3GHz and retails for $2,499:
Dual-core 2.3GHz PowerPC G5 processor
1.15GHz frontside bus per processor
1MB L2 cache per core
512MB of 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-4200)
250GB Serial ATA hard drive
16x SuperDrive (double-layer)
Three open PCI-Express expansion slots
NVIDIA GeForce 6600 with 256MB GDDR SDRAM
The high-end tower contains two dual-core 2.5GHz processors, coming to the $3,299 price point:
Two dual-core 2.5GHz PowerPC G5 processors
1.25GHz frontside bus per processor
1MB L2 cache per core
512MB of 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-4200)
250GB Serial ATA hard drive
16x SuperDrive (double-layer)
Three open PCI-Express expansion slots
NVIDIA GeForce 6600 with 256MB GDDR SDRAM
Much more information on the Power Mac lineup can be found at Apple's site, including the only game-related reference to Halo running 90% faster on with a Quadro FX 4500 than the GeForce 6600.

The PowerBook G4 revisions leave both 15" and 17" models running at 1.67GHz, though each of the higher models can now support higher resolutions. The 15" PowerBook now runs at 1440x960, while the 17" has a screen resolution of 1680x1050. The graphics card for both of these is still the ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 with 128MB of VRAM. Head over to Apple for more details.

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