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82
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There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
82

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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With two dual-core CPUs and workstation-level graphics, the Power Mac G5 Quad is the burliest, fastest Mac to date, but it may soon become obsolete because Apple's move to Intel CPUs is already underway.
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80
lucashaas
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
90
cammiso94
i have specs posted as a comment. i bid on this machine at a police auction....read more
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Key Specs

Type
Tower
Bundled OS
Mac OS
CPU family
G5
Processor speed
1.619
System RAM
2567
Video outputs
Dvi, Adc
Model
1.6GHz

General

Type
Tower
Bundled OS
Mac OS (Jaguar [10.2])

Processor

Processor make
PowerPC (G5) (970 v2.2)
Processor speed
1.6 GHz
Number of CPUs
1
Number of cores (per CPU)
Single-core

Video

Graphics adapter
Discrete (NVIDIA)
SLI
No
Video outputs
Dvi, Adc
Integrated TV tuner
No

Optical media

Optical drives
1 (Tray loading) (Dvd, Cd) (Yes)

Networking

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g) (WEP)
Ethernet
10/100/1000 [Gigabit] (1 ports)
Analog modem
56k

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR

Storage details

Storage interface
SATA (1.5 GBps)

System

System bus speed
800 MHz

Slots / bays / chassis

Expansion card slots
Yes (Pci express, Pci)

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
256 MB

Connections

USB (rear)
2.0 (2 port(s))
USB (front)
2.0 (3 port(s))
Thunderbolt
No
FireWire (rear)
Yes (400, 800) (Powered)
FireWire (front)
Yes (400)
Bluetooth
1.1

Audio

Type
Integrated
Audio inputs
3 5mm, Toslink
Audio outputs
3 5mm, Toslink
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
No

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
No

Power

Power adapter
Internal (420 W)

Other features

32 KB L1 cache
512 KB L2 cache
4 slots (total)
16 GB (system)
3.5 inches
3 bays (total)
2 bays (occupied)
80 GB (total)
Platter
Model
Power Mac G5

Other features

32 KB L1 cache
160 GB (total)
1 MB L2 cache

Processor

Processor make
PowerPC (G5)
Processor speed
2 GHz
Number of CPUs
1
Number of cores (per CPU)
Dual-core

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
512 MB

Connections

USB (rear)
2.0
USB (front)
2.0
FireWire (rear)
Yes
FireWire (front)
Yes
Model
Power Mac G5 Dual 2.7

Processor

Processor make
PowerPC (G5)
Processor speed
2.7 GHz
Number of CPUs
2
Model
G5 Quad 2.5GHz

General

Type
Desktop

Other features

32 KB L1 cache
500 GB (total)
1 MB L2 cache
Platter

Processor

Processor make
PowerPC (G5) (970MP)
Processor speed
2.5 GHz
Number of CPUs
2
Number of cores (per CPU)
Dual-core

Video

Graphics adapter
Discrete
SLI
No
Video outputs
DVI
Integrated TV tuner
No

Optical media

Optical drives
1

Networking

WiFi
Yes
Ethernet
10/100/1000 [Gigabit]
Analog modem
None

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
16 GB

Connections

USB (rear)
2.0
USB (front)
2.0
FireWire (rear)
Yes
FireWire (front)
Yes
Bluetooth
No
Model
1.8GHz

General

Type
Tower
Bundled OS
Mac OS (Jaguar [10.2])

Processor

Processor make
PowerPC (G5) (970 v2.2)
Processor speed
1.8 GHz
Number of CPUs
1
Number of cores (per CPU)
Single-core

Video

Graphics adapter
Discrete (NVIDIA)
SLI
No
Video outputs
Dvi, Adc
Integrated TV tuner
No

Optical media

Optical drives
1 (Tray loading) (Dvd, Cd) (Yes)

Networking

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g) (WEP)
Ethernet
10/100/1000 [Gigabit] (1 ports)
Analog modem
56k

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR

Storage details

Storage interface
SATA (1.5 GBps)

System

System bus speed
900 MHz

Slots / bays / chassis

Expansion card slots
Yes (Pci express, Pci)

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
512 MB

Connections

USB (rear)
2.0 (2 port(s))
USB (front)
2.0 (3 port(s))
Thunderbolt
No
FireWire (rear)
Yes (400, 800) (Powered)
FireWire (front)
Yes (400)
Bluetooth
1.1

Audio

Type
Integrated
Audio inputs
3 5mm, Toslink
Audio outputs
3 5mm, Toslink
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
No

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
No

Power

Power adapter
Internal (420 W)

Other features

32 KB L1 cache
512 KB L2 cache
4 slots (total)
16 GB (system)
3.5 inches
3 bays (total)
2 bays (occupied)
160 GB (total)
Platter
Model
Dual 2GHz

General

Type
Tower
Bundled OS
Mac OS (Jaguar [10.2])

Processor

Processor make
PowerPC (G5) (970 v2.2)
Processor speed
2 GHz
Number of CPUs
2
Number of cores (per CPU)
Single-core

Video

Graphics adapter
Discrete (ATI / AMD)
SLI
No
Video outputs
Dvi, Adc
Integrated TV tuner
No

Optical media

Optical drives
1 (Tray loading) (Dvd, Cd) (Yes)

Networking

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g) (WEP)
Ethernet
10/100/1000 [Gigabit] (1 ports)
Analog modem
56k

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR

Storage details

Storage interface
SATA (1.5 GBps)

System

System bus speed
1 GHz

Slots / bays / chassis

Expansion card slots
Yes (Pci express, Pci)

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
512 MB

Connections

USB (rear)
2.0 (2 port(s))
USB (front)
2.0 (3 port(s))
Thunderbolt
No
FireWire (rear)
Yes (400, 800) (Powered)
FireWire (front)
Yes (400)
Bluetooth
1.1

Audio

Type
Integrated
Audio inputs
3 5mm, Toslink
Audio outputs
3 5mm, Toslink
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
No

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
No

Power

Power adapter
Internal (420 W)

Other features

32 KB L1 cache
512 KB L2 cache
4 slots (total)
16 GB (system)
3.5 inches
3 bays (total)
2 bays (occupied)
160 GB (total)
Platter
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