Are all PowerMac G5 Cases the same?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by alexrmc92, Aug 14, 2013.

  1. alexrmc92 macrumors regular

    Feb 7, 2013
    I've been working a project involving a few PowerMac G5 Quads. Unfortunately I always like to get a deal so i buy slightly beat up towers that are missing hard drives, RAM, or god knows what.

    I want to make these things look near pristine so i'll need to find some cases. My question is do all G5 power macs share the same case layout? Or is there a difference between the MP and FX G5 cases?
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    This may be useful as it explains the variation between the revisions. I want to say the cases, for the most part, stayed the same but it appears expansion slots could have changed. I don't know if the rear changed to accommodate the varied expansion slots.
  3. 666sheep macrumors 68040


    Dec 7, 2009
    MP cases have different port, standoffs (IIRC) and AP antenna layout than 970 and 970FX ones. You can't use any earlier case for Late 2005.
  4. MacMadness macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2013
    Dallas TX

    Just compared the back of my PCI-X dual 2.0Ghz and Quad-Core 2.5Ghz.

    The port configurations are completely different (in arrangement and Quad has 3 USB and 2 FW800 ports compared to 2 and 1. Quad also has a long vertical embedded plastic strip as well that is not present on older machine.

    Hope that is helpful.
  5. Colpeas macrumors 6502


    Sep 30, 2011
    Prague, Czech Rep.
    Just FYI, that plastic strip is the Airport/Bluetooth Antenna cover. Before that, there were two ports for external antennas.
  6. Sepultura macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2013
    That's right.

    This is what it looked like on the other model.

  7. MacMadness macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2013
    Dallas TX
    Thanks for embellishing with specifics fellas.

    I don't use airport myself, and just climbed under the desk
    and compared the G5's visually.
    Now I know what the gray plastic hoo-ha thingy is. (technically speaking):D

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