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Apple to Introduce 64-Bit Revolution with New PowerMac G5

In August, Apple launches the world's fastest personal computer with the Power Mac G5, featuring the first 64-bit desktop processor and the industry's initial 1 GHz front-side bus. Powered by the revolutionary PowerPC G5 processor designed by IBM and Apple, the Power Mac G5 is the first personal computer to utilize 64-bit processing technology for unprecedented memory expansion (up to 8GB) and advanced 64-bit computation, while running existing 32-bit applications natively.

Already such industry stalwarts as Pixar Animation Studios, Alias|Wavefront, Wolfram, Digidesign and Macromedia are singing its praises.

"The 64-bit revolution has begun and the personal computer will never be the same again," proclaims Steve Jobs, Apple's ceo. "The new Power Mac G5 [exceeds the] fastest Pentium 4 and dual Xeon-based systems in industry-standard benchmarks and real-world professional applications."

Delivering the industry's highest system bandwidth, the Power Mac G5 line offers dual 2.0 GHz PowerPC G5 processors, each with an independent 1 GHz front-side bus, for an impressive 16 GBps of bandwidth. The line 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 new professional aluminum enclosure featuring innovative computer-controlled cooling for quiet operation.

The PowerPC G5 processor is a result of the strategic relationship between Apple and IBM. At frequencies up to 2 GHz, the PowerPC G5 introduces 64-bit processing technology to desktop computing, while also running 32-bit applications natively. The PowerPC G5 processor architecture is based on a completely new execution core that features massively parallel computation for an unprecedented 215 in-flight instructions, full symmetric multi-processing, two double precision floating point units and an optimized Velocity Engine. The PowerPC G5 chips are fabricated in IBM's $3 billion state-of-the-art semiconductor facility in East Fishkill, New York.

The new Power Mac G5 is based on SPEC CPU 2000 benchmark results and leading professional application performance tests when compared against 3.0 GHz Pentium 4-based systems and 3.06 GHz Dual Xeon-based systems.

Complementing its computational power, the Power Mac G5 provides leading-edge expansion with dual 1.5 Gbps serial ATA interfaces; the industry's fastest PCI interface available on a desktop with a 133 MHz and two 100 MHz, 64-bit PCI-X slots; and AGP 8X Pro graphics capable of supporting the power and thermal demands of high-end professional graphics cards. The Power Mac G5 comes standard with either the NVIDIA GeForceFX 5200 or the ATI Radeon 9600 Pro graphics card. As a build-to-order option for unprecedented 3D design, visualization and gaming, the Power Mac G5 line also features the ATI Radeon 9800 Pro, a workstation-class graphics card featuring per pixel and vertex shaders, and provides an astonishing fill rate of 3 billion textured pixels/second.

The Power Mac G5 delivers industry-leading connectivity and high- performance I/O for creative professionals with Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire(R) 800, two FireWire 400 ports, three USB 2.0 ports, dual display support, 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.

Pricing & AvailabilityThe Power Mac G5, with a suggested retail price of $2,999, includes: -- Dual 2.0 GHz 64-bit PowerPC G5 -- Dual Independent 1 GHz front-side buses -- 512MB 400 MHz Dual Channel (128-bit) DDR -- 8 DIMMs, 8GB maximum memory -- 160GB Serial ATA hard drive -- AGP 8X Pro graphics slot -- RADEON 9600 Pro-64MB DDR -- 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 $2,399, includes: -- 1.8 GHz 64-bit PowerPC G5 -- 900 MHz front-side bus -- 512MB 400 MHz Dual Channel (128-bit) DDR -- 8 DIMMs, 8GB maximum memory -- 160GB Serial ATA hard drive -- AGP 8X Pro graphics slot -- NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra-64MB DDR -- 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 $1,999, includes: -- 1.6 GHz 64-bit PowerPC G5 -- 800 MHz front-side bus -- 256MB 333 MHz Dual Channel (128-bit) DDR -- 4 DIMMs, 4GB maximum memory -- 80GB Serial ATA hard drive -- AGP 8X Pro graphics slot -- NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra-64MB DDR -- 3 PCI slots (64-bit, 33 MHz) -- 4x SuperDrive.

The Power Mac G5 line will be available in August and will ship with Mac OS X "Jaguar" with Mail, iChat, Safari, Sherlock, Address Book, QuickTime, iLife (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie and iDVD), iSync, iCal, DVD Player, Classic environment, Acrobat Reader, Art Directors Toolkit, EarthLink, FAXstf, FileMaker Pro Trial, GraphicConverter, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office v. X Test Drive, OmniGraffle, OmniOutliner, QuickBooks for Mac New User Edition and Developer Tools.

The Power Mac G5 will be available in build-to-order configurations through the Apple Store (www.apple.com). Options include up to 8GB of RAM, 250GB hard drives, Combo drive, graphics cards (NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200, ATI Radeon 9600, ATI Radeon 9800), AirPort Extreme Card, Bluetooth module and an Apple Fibre Channel PCI Card.