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    Apple Powermac G5 Computer Review
    Author: Daniel Topler
    Date Posted: March 2nd, 2004
    SLRating: SLRating: 9.5/10
    Bottom Line: When it first came out the Apple G5 was advertised as the fastest personal computer in the world, whilst it may be blazing fast there are a few features we would like to see. If you like OS X, crave speed, and need design, look no further, the G5 could be your answer. It does carry a hefty price tag, read all about the G5 in our official review....

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    The Powermac G5 is, in my opinion, the best-looking Mac, ever, by far. The iMac comes close, I must say, but the G5 has such sleek, classy, professional look. If you keep the side panel off while using the machine, it looks even more impressive.

    The entire case is made out of anodized aluminum, and the front and back are covered in little “holes.” There are so many, I would say that the front/back panels are only about 70% material. Not only does this help the appearance of the G5, it also helps airflow.

    Apple Powermac G5 Computer

    Both side panels have nothing on them with the exception of the Apple logo in the middle of both. It looks very classy.

    On the front panel, you’ll find quite a few things. First off is, of course, the power button. There’s also a headphone jack, a Firewire 400 port, and a USB 2.0 port. Lastly, there’s the optical drive tray. This brings me to my first disappointment with the G5; it only supports one optical drive “at a time.” Even the previous Powermac’s had multiple drive trays. While I’m sure the simplicity of simply one optical drive looks best, sometimes, you need to figure functionality over design. I hope that in the next Powermac revision, Apple will add the second optical drive bay.

    Apple Powermac G5 Computer   Apple Powermac G5 Computer

    There are quite a number of ports on the back. On the top are the PCI/PCI-X slots (depending on which G5 model you choose), and the AGP 8x slot (video card). Below that you’ll find the location to install your Airport Extreme and Bluetooth antennas (both optional and cost extra). Below that are the optical in/out ports, the audio ports, two USB 2.0 ports, a Firewire 400 port, a Firewire 800 port, a 10/100 Gigabit Ethernet port, and lastly, a 56K v.92 modem. The back is very well organized and looks quite nice.

    Apple Powermac G5 Computer   Apple Powermac G5 Computer

    Taking off the right side panel reveals the “innards” of the G5. This has really got to be the neatest computer interior I have ever seen. Everything seems to “fit” together, and it really does work. There are 9 fans inside the case, which may lead you to think that this is one loud sucker, but it is quite the opposite. In fact, it’s quieter then any PC that I’ve ever used.

    Apple Powermac G5 Computer

    How is this, you ask? It’s quite ingenious, actually. There are four cooling zones in the PC. The top part, where the optical drive/HDD’s are located, the middle/top part, where the PCI-X/PCI/AGP cards are, the middle bottom, where you can find a processor, and the bottom, where, on dual configurations, you’ll find another processor. There is a thermal sensor in each zone. During normal use, the fans run extremely slow, so they produce almost no noise. If a certain zone gets hot, only the fan(s) in that zone speed up, so while there is more noise being produced, it is significantly less then having all 9 fans speed up. Apple sure did think on this one, and the final result is impressive.

    What really surprised me about the interior of this PC is the fact that the heatsink is so incredibly large. It has got to be three or four times better then a average PC heatsink, which can clearly tell you that the G5 processor gets hot, most likely, very hot. The heatsink was never hot to the touch, and no part of the system really got burning hot, with the exception of the video card, which is understandable.

    Apple Powermac G5 Computer   Apple Powermac G5 Computer

    When you first remove the side panel, there is a plastic “covering” that you must take off before you have access to the components. Taking this off while the system is turned on sets off flashing red lights (literally) and the PSU fan gets extremely loud. Therefore, this is not recommended.

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