Apple releases G5, 'fastest' desktop computer

FRAMINGHAM (09/24/2003) - Made available in August, Apple Computer Inc.'s latest brainchild, the Power Mac G5, boasts the world's first 64-bit desktop processor, the world's first 1GHz front-side bus, and rates as the world's fastest personal computer based on SPEC CPU 2000 benchmark results, according to the company.

Dual 2.0GHz PowerPC G5 processors, each with an independent 1GHz front-side bus, supply 16 GBps of bandwidth. Designed and manufactured in cooperation with IBM Corp., the PowerPC G5 processor architecture, Apple says, is based on a new execution core that features massively parallel computation for 215 inflight instructions, full symmetric multiprocessing, two double-precision floating-point units, and an optimized Velocity Engine. The line also features 400MHz 128-bit DDR SDRAM with throughput up to 6.4 GBps, a 133MHz PCI-X interface, and AGP 8X Pro graphics capabilities.

The Power Mac G5 line ships with Mac OS X "Jaguar." Build-to-order options include up to 8 GB of RAM, 250GB hard drives, Combo drive, graphics cards (NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200, ATI Radeon 9600, ATI Radeon 9800), AirPort Extreme Card, Bluetooth module, and an Apple Fibre Channel PCI Card.

Vendor: Apple Computer Inc.

Product Name: Power Mac G5

Availability: Now/Price starts at US$1,999

For more information: +1-(800) 692-7753; or

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