Dec 22, 2005

Apple Power Mac G5 Quad-Review

“With four true cores working on the same task, the G5 Quad powered through our new Adobe Photoshop CS2 tests…”
Source: PC Magazine
Written By Joel Santo Domingo

Apple professionals expect a speed bump with each successive Power Mac model that comes out, and the 2.5-GHz Power Mac G5 Quad ($9,522 direct, $7,023 without monitor) delivers a doozy of one. With the first Intel-powered consumer Macs rumored to be right around the corner (they may be announced at the MacWorld Expo in early January), it is interesting that Apple would release the G5 Quad as the probable last hurrah for the PowerPC processor—but at least they’re going out on top.

The G5 Quad will give graphics professionals the power they need to produce large-scale output on increasingly short deadlines. For anyone other than graphics or video professionals, this system is probably overkill—not to mention a bank-account obliterator. The basic configuration of the 2.5-GHz model comes in at a more reasonable $3,299 (without monitor); the system we tested was outfitted with top-of-the-line components, pushing the price up significantly.

In terms of case design, not much has changed. The G5 Quad is still housed in minimalist brushed aluminum with front and rear grating. With more components to deal with, the engineers at Apple had to go the extra mile to organize cabling. So as you’ve probably guessed by now, the real story is inside.

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