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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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    “Yeah, it may look great, but how does it Quake?” Well, this is not a gaming system; so don’t even bother asking about games. Unless you put the 9800 Pro in this sucker, don’t expect to be able to even compare to a PC gaming system. Even with the 9800 Pro, PC’s are much better for gaming then Macs are. I am a Mac lover, but I do have to admit that. Gaming aside, the best benchmark for Macs in my opinion, is Xbench, and therefore, I’ve decided to use Xbench in my benchmarking for this review.

  • Xbench score: 154.86
  • CPU Test: 151.83
  • Thread Test: 93.14
  • Memory Test: 254.18
  • Quartz Graphic Test: 189.94
  • OpenGL Graphics Test: 163.66
  • User Interface Test: 244.71
  • Disk Test: 147.08

    In order to compare, my old Revision A Powerbook G4 (12”) 867Mhz laptop with 640MB of RAM got an overall score of 84. This is almost twice that score, which is pretty damn good!

    What I thought was most impressive was the disk test. My Powerbook got just a 54 on that test. This is almost three times that score. Of course, that is mainly because the Powerbook has a 4200 RPM hard drive, and is not in RAID 0, but still, its impressive!

    Day-to-day performance was pretty much as expected: excellent. Things were very speedy, almost all programs opened in one “bounce” of the Dock. It’s speed is really incredible. I can’t even imagine what the Dual 1.8 or Dual 2.0 must be like…

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    3. Design
    4. Features
    5. Performance
    6. Conclusion

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