I'm trying to get pricing info on Dual Xeon systems to comparre

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by onlydroops, Sep 22, 2003.

  1. onlydroops macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2003
    The Dual Xeon 3.06 seems to be the G5's main competitor and I'm trying to find out how much they cost. Do most big ocmpanies make these systems because I'm having a hard time getting good price comparisons.

    I'm going to be switching over to Mac and I'm curious how the DP Xeon's compare both performance and price-wise.
  2. lmalave macrumors 68000


    Nov 8, 2002
    Chinatown NYC
    Re: I'm trying to get pricing info on Dual Xeon systems to comparre

    I just configured a Dual Xeon 3.06 GHz at Dell for $3633 (the Dell PowerEdge 1600SC). The comparison isn't perfect, though, since the Dell is a server-class machine and doesn't have the multimedia features (SuperDrive, high-end graphics and audio, etc.) that the PowerMac has. It does have SCSI drives, though, so that would add to its cost. Overall, though, a dual-Xeon machine (at least from Dell) appears to be significantly more expensive than a Dual G5 from Apple. Here are the Dell specs I used for pricing:

    512 MB RAM (same as the default for the dual-G5)
    146 GB 10,000 RPM SCSI drive (vs. 160GB serial ATA for G5s)
    Red Hat Linux Preinstalled (adding Windows Server would add significantly to the cost, but the G5s don't ship with Mac OS X server either).
    16x DVD-ROM (DVD burner not an option)
  3. agreenster macrumors 68000


    Dec 6, 2001
    Walt Disney Animation Studios
    From Boxx Tech.



    Base System Specifications
    Dual Intel® XEON™ Processor Capable
    Hyper-Threading Enabled
    Intel® E7505 Chipset
    Up to 12GB Dual Channel 266MHz DDR
    (6) DIMM Slots
    8X AGP Pro 50 Graphics Port
    Dual-Channel UltraDMA 100 IDE Controller
    Integrated AC 97 full duplex audio
    (1) 64/133 PCI-X Slot
    (2) 64/100 PCI-X Slots
    (2) 32/33 PCI Slots
    Onboard Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
    (4) USB 2.0 Ports: (2) Front, (2) Rear
    (4) 3.5" x 1" Internal Hard Drive Bays
    (3) 3.5" Exposed Drive Bays
    (2) 5.25" Exposed Drive Bays
    460W Power Supply
    (2) 92MM, (1) 80MM Cooling Fans
    1.44MB Floppy Drive
    Tower Chassis (Optional 4U Rackmount Kit)
    Physical Dimensions: 7.0"W x 17.0"H x 17.5"D

    (more specs on the link)

    Price: $3,057.00
  4. 3-22 macrumors regular

    Nov 19, 2002

    I think they were comparing the Dell 650 in recent articles... I built one and it came in at over $4,000 without the monitor!

    Dell Precision Workstation 650
    Dual Intel Xeon 3.06GHz
    Windows XP
    512MB memory (slower then G5)
    56K Modem/Fax
    Standard nVideo Video Card
    4X DVD+RW/+R (with authoring software)
    120GB Hard Drive (only IDE not SATA)

    When I looked at this I felt better about my hefty chunk of change, I put out for my Dual G5. I'm a switcher too, and it was hard for me to put this much money out for a computer. One thing to keep in mind when you see the Apple price tag, is they do hold there value. Old Wintel computers are throw away after a year or two... Check out ebay, old Mac's are still fetching a good price.
  5. lmalave macrumors 68000


    Nov 8, 2002
    Chinatown NYC
    Re: From Boxx Tech.

    That machine is actually configurable with a DVD burner, which brings up the price to $3,467. No idea why it's such an expensive add-on. So the Boxxtechan machine has more RAM but a smaller hard drive, but anyways even the base configuration costs more thant the $2999 list price for the dual G5.

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