Apple Debuts 1.8 GHz Power Mac G5

From the press release:

Complementing the existing lineup of dual 2.5 GHz, dual 2.0 GHz and dual 1.8 GHz Power Mac G5 models, the new 1.8 GHz Power Mac G5 provides customers with a powerful and expandable tower configuration at an affordable price.

“The new 1.8 GHz Power Mac G5 is a great entry-level system that lets prosumers and professionals tap the incredible performance benefits of the 64-bit PowerPC G5 processor at a very affordable price,” said David Moody, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Mac Product Marketing. “Now even more customers can benefit from the power of the G5 in a system with plenty of room for future expansion.”

The new 1.8 GHz Power Mac G5 features 6.4GB per second of fast memory bandwidth, up to 4GB of total main memory, three PCI expansion slots, up to 500GB of internal Serial ATA mass storage and AGP 8X Pro graphics capabilities, all within a stunning professional aluminum enclosure featuring innovative computer-controlled cooling for quiet operation.  

The 1.8 GHz Power Mac G5 comes with the NVIDIA GeForceFX 5200 Ultra graphics card with dual display support and delivers industry-leading connectivity and high-performance I/O with Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire® 800, two FireWire 400 ports, three USB 2.0 ports,  optical digital audio input and output, analog audio input and output and a headphone jack. The system also supports 54 Mbps AirPort® Extreme wireless networking and is Bluetooth ready for wireless connections to a host of Bluetooth-enabled peripherals.*

All Power Mac systems ship with Mac OS® X version 10.3 “Panther” with Mail, iChat AV, Safariâ„¢, Sherlock®, Address Book, QuickTime®, iLife® ‘04 (includes iTunes®, iPhotoâ„¢, iMovie®, iDVD® and GarageBandâ„¢), iSync, iCal®, DVD Player, Classic environment,  Art Directors Toolkit, EarthLink Total Access 2004, GraphicConverter, Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Test Drive, OmniGraffle, OmniOutliner, QuickBooks for Mac New User Edition, Zinio Reader and Xcode Developer Tools.

Apple’s line of widescreen flat panel displays, featuring an aluminum design with a very thin bezel suspended by an aluminum stand with an adjustable hinge, offers the perfect match for the Power Mac G5. The line features the 30-inch Apple Cinema HD Display, a professional-quality, active-matrix LCD with 2560-by-1600 pixel resolution—the largest high-resolution display ever created for $3,299. The 23-inch Apple Cinema HD Display and 20-inch Cinema Displays provide creative professionals and prosumers with the highest quality flat panel displays in the industry, and are priced at $1,999 and $1,299, respectively. The displays offer dual FireWire and dual USB 2.0 ports and use the industry standard DVI interface for a pure digital connection with Apple’s latest Power Mac G5 desktops.

Pricing & Availability  
The new 1.8 GHz Power Mac G5 is available immediately through the Apple Store® (, at Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers in one standard configuration.

The new 1.8 GHz Power Mac G5, with a suggested retail price of $1,499 (US), includes:
• 1.8 GHz 64-bit PowerPC G5;
• 600 MHz front-side bus;
• 256MB 400 MHz DDR SDRAM (4GB maximum);
• 80GB Serial ATA 7200 rpm hard drive;
• AGP 8X Pro graphics slot;
• NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra with 64MB DDR SDRAM;
• 3 PCI slots (64-bit, 33 MHz); and
• 8x SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW).

Build-to-order options include up to 4GB of RAM, 160GB and 250GB Serial ATA hard drives, Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) drive, graphics cards (ATI Radeon 9600 XT, ATI Radeon 9800 XT and NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra DDL), AirPort Extreme Card, Bluetooth module, Apple Fibre Channel PCI-X Card, Apple PCI-X Gigabit Ethernet card and Mac OS X Server version 10.3 “Panther.”

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