Which Power Mac G5 is this?

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  1. Arthagnan macrumors regular

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    I know it's a G5, 1.8 GHz, but does it have a model number? So I can google more about it...?

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  2. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601

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    Well seeing that there's "one" shield of the processor. It's a first-gen single 1.8ghz PowerMac G5.
     
  3. Arthagnan thread starter macrumors regular

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    yes, some fans and memory-modules are missing. I might get it cheap, really cheap, but I don't know if it's worth the effort.

    Most other pictures I have seen of G5s have a different MB layout...

    Two more.

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  5. Arthagnan thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks, that seems correct. Sadly I don't have the serial-number. Better contact the seller again.

    So, would this machine run OS X 10.4 or maybe 10.5 decently?
     
  6. peskaa macrumors 68020

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    It'll run Tiger happily, and Leopard if you up the RAM to 2GB-4GB (which is the max it will take). It won't be the fastest thing on the block, but if you can pick it up for cheap then it'll be fine.


    Not sure about whether it is missing fans or not though. My old Dual 2.5Ghz had a pair of fans that went infront of the CPU block, but the single 1.8 may have not needed them. I can't see the mounting for them on the bottom of the case, so it indicates they may not have shipped with them at all.
     
  7. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601

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    Yeah bump it to 4gb ram(max) and it will run Leopard very well.

    I found one similar G5 on ebay and it shows it not having the pre-processor fans either...
     
  8. peskaa macrumors 68020

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    In which case, throw in some cheap RAM and you're good to go ;)
     
  9. Arthagnan thread starter macrumors regular

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    Great forum this :)

    I actually got two 512MB, 400MHz modules and a 250GB S-ATA drive laying around here somewhere. Guess that will do for a while. More RAM can always be added later.

    In total it will cost me around $100.
     
  10. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

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    IIRC the earlier G5 models had a shield per CPU.
    So, a Single 1.6 had only the lower "half" of shield shown below.
    A Dual 1.8 or 2.0 would have looked like this:
     

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  11. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601

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    Thanks for the correctin. I meant to say one shield with a single G5 printed in the middle. My dual 1.8 looked like the one you have pictured with 2 G5s over each processor. Also I think the later dual-core models went back to that first design to with a single G5 over the whole shield.

    Funny how I seen other single 1.8 with half the shield and a one fan before the processor.
     
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    When the G5 was first launched only the 2.0 GHz was a Dual config. Both the 1.6 and 1.8 were singles, and thus had only the lower half of the shield.
    After just a few months the Single 1.8 was quickly replaced by the Dual 1.8, which Apple should have started off with in the first place.
     
  13. peskaa macrumors 68020

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    Bargain.
     
  14. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601

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    Hell yeah!!!! That's one hell of a deal, even for a low-end G5 with no memory/hdd.
     
  15. TrapOx macrumors 6502

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    That doesn't look like a G5 at all.

    There are no front fans (which ALL G5s should have), there isn't even a slot for the fans to be installed, the logic board is a different design with the RAM slots pointing the wrong direction and it has the heat shield of the dual core models.

    That is either an early prototype or a chassis hack for something completely different.
     
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  17. Arthagnan thread starter macrumors regular

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    Wohoo! It works too :)



    2 x 512 MB RAM
    1 x 250 GB Samsung drive
    And
    OS X 10.4
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    Love!

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