Mac G5 Goes Quad Core

Two dual core 2.5GHz PowerPC processors strapped into the same rig, so it's a slight cheat!

If two cores are better than one, then four cores are better than two so the logic goes. Why not try out the new Mac G5 then…


If Apple comes clean, however, its new flagship Mac G5 isn’t really a true quad core machine, its two dual core processors strapped together on the same motherboard. That doesn’t take away from the ambitious nature of it though, especially when combined with DD2 SDRAM, PCI Express architecture and the potential for up to 1TB of storage.

There is a cherry on the top of all this too: the eventual arrival of multiple Cinema Display support enabling up to eight monster Apple LCDs to be linked together of a single new Mac. Prices start from £1,399 including VAT, but don’t let that fool ya – that spec has got little more than an exhausted mouse spinning a wheel inside it. Things get more realistic over the two grand mark.


At the same time Apple has also performed two minor spec bumps on its 15 and 17in Powerbooks. Increased resolutions are the highlight with the 15in model up to 1440 x 960 (from 1280 x 854) and the 17incher up the next notch to 1680 x 1050 (from 1440 x 960). Another improvements to the screens is 46 per cent increased brightness, while apparently reducing power consumption by 22 per cent.

As a consequence, Apple quotes improved 5.5 hour battery lives for both machines. SuperDrives and built in Cinema HD support round off the announcement and prices begin from £1,399. Again, if you’re going to shell out that amount, watch out for sweating rodents.

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