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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 main selling point of the Apple Powermac G5 is it’s 64-bit support, as well as backwards compatibility with 32-bit, something that is only available on the Athlon 64 for the PC platform, and the G5 came first. If you are interested in the technical aspects of the IBM PowerPC 70 (G5) chip, I urge you to read “Inside the IBM PowerPC 970” at Arstechnica , its one of the best articles I’ve read in a long time, and it provides a very in-depth look at the 970 chip.

    The G5 has a huge motherboard, probably about 150% of the size of a standard ATX motherboard, and it is jammed pack with stuff. There are two SATA controllers with on-board RAID, and one IDE controller for the optical drive. You’ll also find 8 RAM DIMMS, (4 on the 1.6Ghz model), supporting up to either 4GB or 8GB of RAM, depending on the system model. Both dual processor models support 8GB; the single processor model supports just 4.

    There are two PCI-X slots on the motherboard as well, and one standard PCI slot. (the 1.6Ghz model uses PCI only). All three G5 models have an AGP 8x slot for your video card.



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