PowerMac G5 Upgrades Announced (Officially)

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Following yesterday's premature specifications by Amazon.com, Apple has released upgraded PowerMac G5s in the following configurations:

Single 1.8GHz PowerPC G5
600MHz frontside bus
512K L2 cache
256MB DDR400 SDRAM
Expandable to 4GB SDRAM
80GB Serial ATA
8x SuperDrive
Three PCI Slots
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra
64MB DDR video memory
56K internal modem

Dual 2GHz PowerPC G5
1GHz frontside
bus/processor
512K L2 cache/processor
512MB DDR400 SDRAM
Expandable to 4GB SDRAM
160GB Serial ATA
16x SuperDrive (double-layer)
Three PCI Slots
ATI Radeon 9600
128MB DDR video memory

Dual 2.3GHz PowerPC G5
1.15GHz frontside
bus/processor
512K L2 cache/processor
512MB DDR400 SDRAM
Expandable to 8GB SDRAM
250GB Serial ATA
16x SuperDrive (double-layer)
Three PCI-X Slots
ATI Radeon 9600
128MB DDR video memory

Dual 2.7GHz PowerPC G5
1.35GHz frontside
bus/processor
512K L2 cache/processor
512MB DDR400 SDRAM
Expandable to 8GB SDRAM
250GB Serial ATA
16x SuperDrive (double-layer)
Three PCI-X Slots
ATI Radeon 9650
256MB DDR video memory

All models feature 1-2 day shipping times, meaning new product should be available in stores immediately for purchase.
 

Alchemist

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Dec 22, 2004
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Hmm..

Dissapointing to be honest. What about the iMac's!? Anyone any ideas what the old UK prices were?

P.S. I was desperately hoping this might be Think Secret being fed dud information. Clearly not.
 

VespR

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Jun 16, 2004
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Price reductions as well on the monitors and the memory :eek:

That's gonna make selling my 23" in May a lot more harder! Gawdamnit Apple :)
 

jelloshotsrule

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now have bto option for up to 2x400 gb hard drives. as unexcited as i am about the processor and stuff, i think it's a stop gap, and as such, it could be worse.... i think.
 

AoWolf

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Looks like thinksecret was right. They are taking all the fun out of this. Somewhat unimpressive but oh well time to start thinking about WWDC.
 

gorkonapple

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Jan 24, 2004
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Coolest thing....

I think the coolest thing on the list is the double layer DVD drives. 16 X Double Layer drives! Probably won't work too well for regular video DVD's, but for Data Storage? Man it's like, what 8 gigs on a disc now??
 

KindredMAC

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Sep 23, 2003
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Weak but alright I guess

I'm more disappointed that there is not a Single 2.0GHz than anything.
BUT
BUT
BUT, the 20" and 23" Displays were cheapened up a bit. I want to get the 20" and now for $799???.... Now I like that!
 

UWF404

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Jan 6, 2004
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What are the technical challenges to offering a 9800 Radeon?? 9650? Seems asinine.
 

Procyon lotor

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Dec 29, 2004
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I love how I've had my computer for six months now and it's still "new" and cost the same. Talk about potential resell value. :D

/owner of the single 1.8GHz G5 PM
 

ImAlwaysRight

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Actually, the low end PM was not upgraded at all, was it?

And MacRumors has not posted this juicy bit of info released yesterday on ThinkSecret:

While new iMac G5 and eMac systems are not yet in the hands of stores, the updated systems are likely to still debut this week alongside new Power Mac G5 systems, although they may not be immediately available.
 

AdamZ

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Feb 15, 2004
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No doubt

JtheLemur said:
Yeesh, talk about a crap upgrade. I'm going back to bed. Wake me up when we hit 3GHz.
10 months for this??!! Come on now. And yes Apple Insider and Think Secret are ruining it just a little bit I think.
 

mootpoint

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Dec 28, 2004
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Hmm.

On the plus side the Cinema Display's have been reduced in the UK.

20" now £549.99 from £699.00.
 

toontra

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gorkonapple said:
I think the coolest thing on the list is the double layer DVD drives. 16 X Double Layer drives! Probably won't work too well for regular video DVD's, but for Data Storage? Man it's like, what 8 gigs on a disc now??
Hardy a readson to buy a new G5 - dual-layer DVD drives (the ones Apple use) can be bought for a few dollars & easily fitted to current (& older) machines.

Nothing to see here - move along!
 

klaus

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Feb 4, 2004
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Well,

The upgrades aren't that impressive, but we figured that one out already with all the leaks lately.. dual cores are just not ready I suppose.


Talking about leaks, there were stories that they would drop the liquid cooling used in the 2.5 machines, because of issues with the longivity of this technology. Those were not exactly correct, because the 2.7 still has liquid cooling

I'm glad they stick with liquid cooling, cause if they would've obsoleted it, that would mean they truly are having doubts about it, and that wouldn't be nice for my G5 2.5.

No I can rely on the fact that the liquid cooling has been tested enough to be used for many many years.
 

ramallite

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Jan 5, 2004
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Graphics

I'm actually excited that for $50 more you can go from a 128 MB graphics card to 256 MB... I know it's not the X800 but that's probably good enough for Doom 3, etc...
 

nrd

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Mar 8, 2005
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I'm still waiting for them to put in something faster than a 56k modem. This is such a let down. Damn you Apple! Why won't you listen to us! :(