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Hot off the Press - News

Apple Ships Some New Power Mac G5’s
By Chuck Brown, Tech-edge E-zine
August 18th, 2003

In a press release today, Apple Corporation, Cupertino, CA. announced that they will be shipping beginning today two single processor models of it’s new Power Mac® G5 desktop systems. These are the first offering of the “world’s fastest personal computer featuring the first 64-bit desktop processor”, as Apple “claims”, which has the first 1 GHz front-side bus.

However these first two offering don’t in actuality have 1 GHz front-side bus; they are 1.6 GHz with 800 MHz FSB and 1.8 GHz FSB. And the first of the 1 GHz FSB Power Macs, a dual processor 2.0 GHz won’t be shipping until late this month (August), Apple states.

In a statement issued by Apple, “The Power Mac G5 is a big hit with customers and developers,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “The two single processor Power Mac G5 models are available now, so we wanted to get those into customers hands as soon as possible, and we’re right on track to deliver the dual 2.0 GHz Power Mac G5 later this month.”

The two single processor models of the Power Mac G5 are available through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com), at Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

Is that true? Where are these first batche of lower-end G5’s going? If you go to the Apple store right now and order on of these two models, you’ll have a long wait to actually seeing one. One Apple buyer reported “Looks like they're filling their pre-orders only -- If you try to purchase a system, it says '4-6 weeks' for delivery (7-9 weeks for the Dual 2ghtz) Add anything to your dual processor order (like more ram) and it goes 7-10 weeks.... 10 weeks from today is around Halloween!”

Another Apple buyer in Canada reported after calling around Eastern Canada, that apparently Canadians are going to be left out in the cold, so to speak, as far as availability. “So, the rocket-scientists at Apple are only shipping the G5 in the states. Calls to four Canadian Apple stores, the largest in Ottawa and Toronto, reveal that not only do the stores have no idea when they'll be getting the models in, but Apple Canada itself has no clue.”

”The (store clerk) I spoke to at Apple Canada's Ottawa office suggested I 'put my name on a list' because it could be as late as October before Duals show up in the retail chain. But, upon asking around, most stores aren't even bothering with waiting lists as they figure it will be at least four to six weeks later than the US release.”

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If you recall during the last few years, Apple is no stranger to delivery problems with newly announced systems. It happened with the first iMacs, the redesigned 15” LCD iMac and then again with the 17” iMac was late. Also the G4 Titanium’s and then the new Aluminum 17” G4 PowerBooks failed to show on the dates promises at MWSF 2003.

Here are the specifications for the current G5 models, as provided by Apple today:

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

  • 1.6 GHz 64-bit PowerPC G5 processor;
  • 800 MHz front-side bus;
  • 256MB 333 MHz 128-bit DDR memory;
  • 4 DIMMs, 4GB maximum memory;
  • 80GB Serial ATA hard drive;
  • AGP 8X Pro graphics slot;
  • NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra-64MB DDR graphics card;
  • 3 PCI slots (64-bit, 33 MHz);
  • 4x SuperDrive™.

The Power Mac G5, with a suggested retail price of $2,399 (US), includes:

  • 1.8 GHz 64-bit PowerPC G5 processor;
  • 900 MHz front-side bus;
  • 512MB 400 MHz 128-bit DDR memory;
  • 8 DIMMs, 8GB maximum memory;
  • 160GB Serial ATA hard drive;
  • AGP 8X Pro graphics slot;
  • NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra-64MB DDR graphics card;
  • 3 PCI-X slots (one 64-bit, 133 MHz, two 64-bit 100 MHz);
  • 4x SuperDrive.

The Power Mac G5, with a suggested retail price of $2,999 (US), includes:

  • Dual 2.0 GHz 64-bit PowerPC G5 processors;
  • Dual Independent 1 GHz front-side buses;
  • 512MB 400 MHz 128-bit DDR memory;
  • 8 DIMMs, 8GB maximum memory;
  • 160GB Serial ATA hard drive;
  • AGP 8X Pro graphics slot;
  • RADEON 9600 Pro-64MB DDR graphics;
  • 3 PCI-X slots (one 64-bit 133 MHz, two 64-bit 100 MHz);
  • 4x SuperDrive

Whether the Dual 2.0 GHz G5's show up on time is anyones guess. We hope that for the sake of those that have orders waiting, they do materialize on the promised time.



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