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Apple Intros New Power Mac G5 Quad & Power Mac G5 Dual

Apple

today announced the release of several new products including new Power Mac G5 computers with dual core processors, updated PowerBooks and a new image processing application called Aperture.

Apple unveiled its new Power Mac G5 desktop line featuring the Power Mac G5 Quad, providing quad-core processing with two 2.5 GHz dual-core PowerPC G5 processors. All Power Mac G5 models now feature dual-core processors, a new PCI Express architecture and higher performance graphics options including NVIDIA’s Quadro FX 4500.

With two 2.5 GHz dual-core processors, each with 1MB of L2 cache, the Power Mac G5 Quad delivers breakthrough performance on applications used extensively by creative professionals and scientists. For example:

1) Final Cut Pro 5 encodes SD video content up to 60 percent faster on the new Power Mac G5 Quad when compared with the Dual Processor 2.7 GHz Power Mac G5;

2) Adobe Photoshop runs a series of 45 commonly used filters and actions 43 percent faster on the new Power Mac G5 Quad when compared with the Dual Processor 2.7 GHz Power Mac G5;

3) Adobe After Effects renders video effects up to 69 percent faster on the new Power Mac G5 Quad when compared with the Dual Processor 2.7 GHz Power Mac G5;

4) LightWave 3D renders animation up to 59 percent faster on the Power Mac G5 Quad when compared with the Dual Processor 2.7 GHz Power Mac G5; and

5) The scientific benchmark Bioinformatics Benchmark System (BBS version 3) completes a comparison of genomic sequences up to 39 percent faster on the Power Mac G5 Quad when compared with the Dual Processor 2.7 GHz Power Mac G5.

The Power Mac G5 line offers expansion with PCI Express architecture, providing four expansion slots to support high-performance video and audio devices and multiple standard graphics cards to drive an array of up to eight displays. The Power Mac G5 delivers up to 16GB of 533 MHz DDR2 SDRAM and now features two Gigabit Ethernet ports—ideal for customers working in an Xsan environment. Every Power Mac G5 also includes one FireWire 800 port, two FireWire 400 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, two USB 1.1 ports, optical and digital audio input and output, and built-in support for AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR. The new Power Mac G5 line also includes Apple’s next generation mouse, Mighty Mouse, featuring up to four programmable buttons and an ingenious Scroll Ball that lets users scroll in any direction—vertically, horizontally and even diagonally.

The new Power Mac G5 comes standard with either the NVIDIA GeForce 6600 LE with 128MB of video memory or the NVIDIA GeForce 6660 with 256MB of video memory, both provide support for dual-displays and Apple’s breakthrough 30-inch Cinema HD Display, now priced at $2,499. The NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT with 256MB of video memory and the NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 with 512MB of video memory are both available as build-to-order options. The Quadro FX 4500 is ideal for demanding animation, special effects and scientific visualization applications such as Alias’ Maya and DeLano Research’s PyMol. The Quadro FX 4500 can drive up to two 30-inch Apple Cinema HD Displays and includes a stereo 3D port to connect goggles for stereo-in-a-window applications.

The 2.0 GHz and 2.3 GHz Power Mac G5 Dual are available now and the 2.5 GHz Power Mac G5 Quad will be available in early November.

The Power Mac G5 Dual, with a suggested retail price of $1,999 (US), includes:

• dual-core 2.0GHz PowerPC G5 processor;

• 512MB of 533 MHz DDR2 SDRAM expandable up to 16GB;

• 160GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;

• NVIDIA GeForce 6600 LE with 128MB of GDDR SDRAM

• three open PCI Express expansion slots: two 4-lane slots and one 8-lane slot;

• dual Gigabit Ethernet ports;

• 16x SuperDrive™ with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW); and ships with Mighty Mouse and Apple Keyboard.

The Power Mac G5 Dual, with a suggested retail price of $2,499 (US), includes:

• dual-core 2.3 GHz PowerPC G5 processor;

• 512MB of 533 MHz DDR2 SDRAM expandable up to 16GB;

• 250GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;

• NVIDIA GeForce 6600 with 256MB of GDDR SDRAM

• three open PCI Express expansion slots: two 4-lane slots and one 8-lane slot;

• dual Gigabit Ethernet ports;

• 16x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW); and

• ships with Mighty Mouse and Apple Keyboard.

The Power Mac G5 Quad, with a suggested retail price of $3,299 (US), includes:

• two dual-core 2.5GHz PowerPC G5 processors;

• 512MB of 533 MHz DDR2 SDRAM expandable up to 16GB;

• 250GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;

• NVIDIA GeForce 6600 with 256MB of GDDR SDRAM

• three open PCI Express expansion slots: two 4-lane slots and one 8-lane slot;

• dual Gigabit Ethernet ports;

• 16x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW); and ships with Mighty Mouse and Apple Keyboard.

Apple today also enhanced its PowerBook G4 line of notebook computers with higher-resolution displays and up to one hour more battery life on the 15- and 17-inch models. In addition, every new PowerBook now includes a DVD burning SuperDrive™ with prices starting at just $1,499.

The new higher-resolution PowerBooks provide significantly more screen real estate and include the 17-inch PowerBook with a 1680-by-1050 pixel resolution—36 percent more than the previous generation—and the 15-inch PowerBook with a 1440-by-960 pixel resolution—26 percent more than the previous generation. Ideal for business and creative professionals, the new 15- and 17-inch PowerBooks make reading text and viewing images even easier with brighter displays—up to 46 percent brighter on the 17-inch model. The 15- and 17-inch PowerBooks also provide up to an additional hour of battery life to get even more work done while on the road.

The PowerBook line includes three models: the 1.5 GHz 12-inch PowerBook with an 8X SuperDrive and the new 1.67 GHz 15- and 17-inch PowerBooks with an 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support. Both the 15- and 17-inch PowerBooks include ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 graphics with 128MB DDR dedicated video memory and now feature built-in Dual Link support to drive Apple’s groundbreaking 30-inch Cinema HD Display as an external monitor, providing more than four million pixels of additional workspace.

Every PowerBook includes built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate), integrated AirPort Extreme 54 Mbps 802.11g WiFi wireless networking**, a scrolling TrackPad and Apple’s Sudden Motion Sensor technology. Mac OS X version 10.4 “Tiger,” the fifth major release of the world’s most advanced operating system and iLife ‘05, Apple’s award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications, are included with every PowerBook.

The 12-inch and new 15- and 17-inch PowerBooks are available immediately.

The 1.5 GHz, 12-inch PowerBook G4, for a suggested retail price of $1,499 (US), includes:

• 512MB of PC2700 333 MHz DDR SDRAM, expandable up to 1.25GB;

• a slot-load 8X SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive;

• an 80GB Ultra ATA/100 (5400 rpm) hard drive with Sudden Motion Sensor;

• AirPort Extreme 54 Mbps 802.11g WiFi fast wireless networking and internal Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;

• DVI, VGA, S-video and composite video support;

• two USB 2.0 ports and FireWire 400;

• audio line in and headphone out;

• a scrolling TrackPad.

The 1.67 GHz, 15-inch PowerBook G4, for a suggested retail price of $1,999 (US), includes:

• a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);

• 512MB of PC2-4200 DDR2 SDRAM running at 333 MHz, expandable up to 2GB;

• 80GB Ultra ATA/100 (5400 rpm) hard drive with Sudden Motion Sensor;

• Built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;

• DVI (Dual Link for 30-inch Cinema HD Display support), VGA, S-video and composite video support;

• Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000BASE-T);

• two USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 400 and 800;

• analog and optical digital audio input and output;

• illuminated keyboard with ambient light sensor;

• a scrolling TrackPad.

The 1.67 GHz, 17-inch PowerBook G4, for a suggested retail price of $2,499 (US), includes:

• a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);

• 512MB of PC2-4200 DDR2 SDRAM running at 333 MHz, expandable up to 2GB;

• 120GB Ultra ATA/100 (5400 rpm) hard drive with Sudden Motion Sensor;

• Built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;

• DVI (Dual Link for 30-inch Cinema HD Display support), VGA, S-video and composite video support;

• Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000BASE-T);

• two USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 400 and 800;

• analog and optical digital audio input and output;

• illuminated keyboard with ambient light sensor;

• a scrolling TrackPad.

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