Apple® announced that it has begun shipping the two single-processor models of its Power Mac® G5, said to be one of the world's fastest PCs, featuring the first 64-bit desktop processor and the industry's first 1 GHz front-side bus, according to Apple.
The dual 2.0 GHz Power Mac G5 will ship late this month, as planned, the company said. Apple also announced that it has received orders for more than 100,000 Power Mac G5s since its introduction on June 23.
Powered by the PowerPC G5 processor designed by IBM and Apple, the Power Mac G5 models are reportedly the first personal computers to utilize 64-bit processing technology for what Apple says is unprecedented memory expansion and advanced 64-bit computation, while running existing 32-bit applications natively.
The two single-processor models of the Power Mac G5 currently retail for $1,999 and $2,399. The more expensive of the two models features a 1.8 GHz 64-bit PowerPC G5 processor, 900 MHz front-side bus, and 512 MB 400 MHz 128-bit DDR memory. The scaled-down model features 1.6 GHz 64-bit PowerPC G5 processor, 800 MHz front-side bus, and 256MB 333 MHz 128-bit DDR memory.
"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," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing
The dual 2.0 GHz model will retail for $2,999 and will feature dual 2.0 GHz PowerPC G5 processors, each with an independent 1 GHz front-side bus, for 16 GBps of bandwidth. According to Apple, the high-end model also features the industry's highest bandwidth memory (400 MHz 128-bit DDR SDRAM with throughput up to 6.4 GBps); the industry's fastest PCI interface available on a desktop (133 MHz PCI-X); and cutting-edge AGP 8X Pro graphics capabilities, all within a stunning new professional aluminum enclosure featuring innovative computer-controlled cooling for quiet operation.
The two single-processor models of the Power Mac G5 are available through the Apple Store® on the company’s web site, at Apple's retail stores, and Apple Authorized Resellers.