Are the Power5 processors by IBM the same as Apple call G5?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by Spanky Deluxe, Jun 26, 2005.

  1. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

    Spanky Deluxe

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2005
    Location:
    London, UK
    #1
  2. alex_ant macrumors 68020

    alex_ant

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2002
    Location:
    All up in your bidness
    #2
    No, the G5 is a Power4 derivative, and Power5 doesn't have AltiVec - it's a very expensive server chip.
     
  3. FFTT macrumors 68030

    FFTT

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2004
    Location:
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    #3
    Unfortunately not. :-(

    The G5 (970FX) is a derivative of the IBM Power4 server chips.

    Many of us were hoping to see either the 970MP dual core processors or a
    Power 5 configuaration, but that's looking more unlikely as Apple breaks away from IBM now.
     
  4. jcgerm macrumors member

    Joined:
    May 28, 2003
    #4
    G5's are PPC 970's, which are a version of the POWER4 architecture. POWER5 came out in 2004, after PPC970. Jobs said they weren't happy with the direction that the PPC architecture was going. I doubt these will ever get close to being in a PowerMac.
     
  5. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    Joined:
    May 19, 2002
    #5
    That was because the Power5-UL was canceled and Apple was "offered" a choice of paying IBM to deliver the Power5-UL or taking IBM development freebie on the Cell.

    The Cell required a major rewrite, and if Apple paid for the Power5-UL the would be in the same position of paying for the development of a Power6-UL.

    Basically IBM pruned the PowerX-UL from their roadmap, while waving Cell as the next big thing. :rolleyes:
     

Share This Page