The success of today's creative professionals depends on their ability to crunch increasing quantities of data quickly and efficiently. You need vast amounts of RAM to handle memory-intensive applications and enormous media files. Musicians and audio producers need to process an unprecedented number of audio tracks, all with complex filters and digital effects. And you need comprehensive input and output options to connect to a myriad of industry-specific peripherals. Enter the all-new Power Mac G5: the world's fastest personal computer, ready to meet the high-performance, no-compromise requirements of creative professionals everywhere.
At the center of this revolutionary system is the 64-bit PowerPC G5, developed in collaboration with IBM and produced using state-of-the-art IBM process technology. Combine this advanced processor with the industry's fastest frontside bus, a high-bandwidth architecture, and plenty of high-speed memory - and the Power Mac G5 outperforms even the fastest Pentium 4-based desktop computers. And since the G5 processor runs 32-bit code natively, your favorite Mac OS X applications will run faster on the new Power Mac, with no optimization or upgrades required.
The Power Mac G5 also introduces a host of leading-edge standards to the Mac platform, making digital production, scientific solutions, and everyday work dramatically faster and more manageable. High-speed PCI-X slots allow you to connect to external devices using industry-leading expansion…
technology. Serial ATA enables fast access to up to 500GB of internal storage for huge databases and media assets, and an AGP 8X Pro graphics controller supports the next generation of graphics cards for eye-popping 2D and 3D visuals. What's more, the new Power Mac features an efficient cooling system based on superquiet, low-speed fans - all packed into an anodized aluminum chassis with easy access to internal components. Whether you're a film director, a musician, a graphic artist, or a scientist, the Power Mac G5 is your path to enhanced creativity and unparalleled productivity. Discover how you can accomplish things you never dreamed possible.
Dual 1.8GHz PowerPC G5
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra w/64MB DDR SDRAM
56k V.92 internal modem
8x SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW)
Apple Keyboard & Apple Mouse - U.S. English
Mac OS X - U.S. English
Apple Computers products are available for shipment to locations in the USA only (including Hawaii and Alaska).
iLife '04 Applications Included
On January 6, 2004, Apple announced iLife '04, the next generation of Apple's award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications. The new iLife '04 applications--iPhoto 4, iMovie 4, iDVD 4, iTunes 4.2, and GarageBand is now shipping with all new Power Mac G5s.
iLife '04 leads the industry in allowing consumers to easily organize their photos, manage their music collection, create movies, author DVDs, and now create music. If your customers purchase a new Mac without iLife '04, be sure to tell them about the iLife Up-To-Date package.
Music and Audio
The Power Mac G5 supports more tracks and more plug-ins than any previous Power Mac - giving the audio pro a wealth of creative options all in a native environment. In addition, Mac OS X Core Audio offers a scalable platform supporting 32-bit highresolution audio, a plug-in called Audio Units for DSP and Virtual Instruments, and plug-and-play connectivity for modern and legacy audio gear.
Optical Digital Audio
The Power Mac G5 features a comprehensive set of audio capabilities not commonly found in personal computers. The optical S/PDIF I/Os easily connect to devices such as decks, receivers, digital instruments & studio equipment, including 5.1 surround sound speaker systems. Because optical digital audio transmits data as impulses of light rather than electrical signals, it enables true noise-free, pristine sound, eliminating troublesome ground loops.
Completing the audio features of the Power Mac G5 are high-quality, analog stereo audio line in and line out ports; and a convenient minijack on the front panel that makes it easy to plug in headphones.
Every Power Mac G5 ships with an internal SuperDrive, a combination DVD-R and CD-RW optical drive, for reading and writing to DVDs and CDs. Disc burning is integrated into Apple applications such as DVD Studio Pro, iDVD, and iTunes - making it easy to author CDs and DVDs for use in most professional and consumer players. The SuperDrive is also ideal for backup. CDs can hold up to 700MB of data; DVDs can store 4.7GB of data, the equivalent of about seven CDs, 18 Zip 250 disks, or 3200 floppy disks.With Mac OS X, you can archive data to CD and DVD directly from the Finder.
The industry-standard SuperDrive reads dozens of standard CD and DVD formats, and the latest model burns discs twice as fast as before. It writes DVD-R discs at up to 8x speed, reads DVDs at up to 10x speed, writes CD-R discs at up to 24x speed, writes CD-RW discs at up to 10x speed, and reads CDs at up to 32x speed.
Industry-Standard FireWire and USB 2.0
FireWire is one of the fastest peripheral standards ever developed, making it easy to connect high-bandwidth devices such as pro audio equipment, DV cameras, hard drives, and digital music players. And since FireWire cables carry power, the Power Mac G5 can recharge your portable device's batteries, even while you're using the device.
All Power Mac G5 systems have two FireWire 400 port on the front and one on the back of the enclosure, as well as a next-generation FireWire 800 port on the back. FireWire 800 doubles the throughput of the original FireWire 400, from 400 to 800 Mbps. In addition, FireWire 800 works over distances of up to 100 meters, making it ideal for operation in larger facilities.
Three USB 2.0 ports, one on the front and two on the back - plus two USB 1.1 ports on the keyboard - connect to audio interfaces, instruments, printers, scanners, graphics tablets, keyboards, microphones, speakers, joysticks, and other industry-standard input and output devices.
For more information, see www.apple.com/firewire and www.apple.com/usb.
Why buy a Power Mac G5
The 64-bit PowerPC G5 accelerates all types of applications, thanks to clock speeds up to 2.5GHz, an optimized Velocity Engine, and two floating-point units.
With the industry's fastest frontside bus and high-speed, high-capacity memory, creative applications rip through work faster than ever before.
Whether you're at work or at play, you'll enjoy eye-popping graphics, especially when viewed on one of Apple's stunning flat-panel LCD displays.
Apple's most expandable Mac provides high-bandwidth connections for a full range of industry-standard, high-performance peripherals.
An innovative enclosure design uses a superefficient thermal zone scheme and low-speed fans to stay cool and quiet.
Mac OS X and 32-bit application code run natively at processor speed, so you can keep using the world's most advanced operating system and all your favorite software.
The Power Mac G5's enclosure houses four discrete thermal zones to compartmentalize the primary heat-producing components. Fans in the zones spin at very low speeds resulting in a system three times quieter than the Power Mac G4. It's easy to plug printers, scanners and other devices into the Power Mac G5. In addition to sporting a full complement of ports on the back, the front panel has FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 ports, as well as a headphone jack.
Mac OS X: System Software for the Power Mac G5
Mac OS X combines the power and stability of UNIX with Apple's legendary ease of use. The Power Mac G5 ships with the latest version of Mac OS X v10.3 'Panther.' Unlike other 64-bit platforms, no special 64-bit version is required; the same operating system runs on all your Mac computers.
Because it's fully compatible with 32-bit PowerPC application code, the Power Mac G5 eases the migration to 64-bit computing and protects your investment in software. Mac OS X doesn't revert to a slow 32-bit emulation mode, as is typical on other 64-bit platforms. Existing Mac OS X application code, as well as Classic applications, runs at full processor speed with no upgrades required. This seamless transition is possible because the PowerPC architecture, unlike competing instruction sets, was designed from the beginning to run both 32-bit and 64-bit application code.
In addition, Mac OS X v10.3 (G5) has been enhanced to leverage the capabilities of the 64-bit Power Mac G5.
Built from the ground up for symmetric multiprocessing and multithreading, Mac OS X enables peak performance on dual PowerPC G5 systems.
The math and vector libraries have been tuned to take full advantage of the PowerPC G5 processor's 64-bit integer and floating-point math capabilities and its optimized Velocity Engine.
While existing 32-bit applications benefit from the faster processor and high-bandwidth architecture of the Power Mac G5, performance gains will be more dramatic with PowerPC G5optimized applications. Look for upcoming announcements from developers of popular professional applications.
Built on open standards
Mac OS X is built on open standards, integrating seamlessly with Windows, Linux, and other UNIX systems - thanks to support for common network platforms, standard file formats, and cross-platform UNIX and Java applications. Also included in Mac OS X are innovative, industry-leading applications and core technologies, such as Quartz Extreme, Rendezvous, and QuickTime Pro.
The groundbreaking Power Mac G5 sets a new standard for desktop computing. It's the industry's first personal computer with a 64-bit processor; and it has the industry's fastest frontside bus, fastest memory, and latest I/O technologies - all packed into an amazingly quiet enclosure.
Dual 64-bit PowerPC G5 processors: The world's first 64-bit desktop processor - with clock speeds up to 2.5GHz, an optimized Velocity Engine, and two floating-point units - accelerates all types of creative applications.
Frontside bus up to 1.25GHz: The industry's fastest frontside bus maximizes processor performance by transferring instructions and data at rates up to 8 GBps.
Dual independent 1.25GHz frontside buses: In dual PowerPC G5 systems, each processor has its own dedicated frontside bus - another industry first - for an extraordinary combined throughput of up to 16 GBps.
400MHz DDR SDRAM: A superefficient 128-bit memory bus speeds data in and out of main memory at up to 6.4 GBps.
Up to 4GB of addressable memory: Today's Power Mac G5 supports system memory up to 4GB, ideal for manipulating high-resolution multimedia files and enormous data sets.
AGP 8X Pro: The latest 533MHz, 32-bit graphics interface supports next-generation graphics cards for stunning 2D and 3D images and animations.
133MHz PCI-X: The industry's fastest PCI-X slots allow you to connect to high-performance devices using advanced expansion technology.
Serial ATA: Serial ATA is the latest ATA mass storage technology. The Power Mac G5 has two independent channels of 150-MBps Serial ATA for fast access to high-capacity hard drives, providing up to 500GB of internal storage.
SuperDrive: A versatile DVD-R/CD-RW optical drive supports fast data archiving and media authoring.
Wireless connections: Add an AirPort Extreme Card to network wirelessly - or the Bluetooth module to connect to cell phones, PDAs, or printers.
High-performance I/O: Fast ports make it easy to connect to the latest industry-standard solutions: Gigabit Ethernet networks, FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 peripherals, and optical digital audio equipment.
Quiet enclosure: The Power Mac G5 sports an innovative new chassis designed to cool system components efficiently for the quietest possible operation.
With 64-bit computing power and a high-bandwidth architecture, the groundbreaking Power Mac G5 opens up a wealth of creative possibilities. All this performance starts with the PowerPC G5, the first 64-bit desktop processor, running at clock speeds up to 2.5GHz. The industry's fastest frontside bus, an advanced system controller, and highspeed, high-capacity memory combine with advanced processing to make the Power Mac G5 the world's most powerful personal computer.
The PowerPC G5 processor dramatically accelerates performance in real world applications. When compared head-to-head against PCs in a large series of Photoshop tests, the dual 2.5GHz, dual 2GHz, and dual 1.8GHz Power Mac G5 systems ran the 45 filters 98%, 82%, and 66% faster, respectively, than the 3.4GHz Pentium 4-based system, and 75%, 63%, and 48% faster than the dual 3.2GHz Xeon-based system. Additional performance tests reveal similar performance gains for professional film, video, music and audio creation, and scientific analysis of genetic research.
Audio and music professionals choose Apple as their creative platform. From royalty-free music composition using Apple Soundtrack, to MIDI sequencing and high-end audio production using Emagic's Logic Platinum and Digidesign's Pro Tools|HD, the Apple digital production platform encompasses solutions for the entire spectrum of music and audio professionals. So whether you are working in a garage, in the field, or in the confines of a recording studio, Apple delivers the solution you need to exceed the limits of your creativity.
The tools of audio and music production are constantly changing, improving and getting more powerful. More and more, advances in operating systems and improvements in I/O are driving these changes and making production easier, more flexible, and more economical. Software and hardware solutions from Apple, Emagic, Digidesign, MOTU and others form the core of the toolset that music and audio professionals call upon to produce killer soundtracks, Grammy-winning albums and compelling radio hits.
Apple's Power Mac G5 and Mac OS X form the basis of the audio and music workflow. We take a platform approach in providing tools for our third parties to create solutions. For example, Mac OS X's Core Audio technology offers a level playing field for all software and hardware developers to develop multi-channel audio I/O, low-latency MIDI and high-performance virtual instruments. Apple's FireWire is not only for connecting hard drives and DV cameras, but is perfect for audio I/O as well.