“Reigniting the 20-year debate over the most powerful desktop computer, Apple Computer Inc. on Monday unveiled a next-generation Macintosh with features that up until now have been found only in expensive workstations,” writes May Wong for AP. “The new Power Mac, which will go on sale in August, is based on the long-awaited G5 microprocessor. Unlike today’s 32-bit Pentium and Athlon chips found in most Microsoft Windows-based computers, the G5 can process data in 64-bit chunks, allowing a computer to more quickly access large amounts of memory.”
“‘This is the world’s fastest personal computer,’ chief executive Steve Jobs said as he introduced the Power Mac G5 in a keynote kicking off the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco,” Wong reports. “A computer’s performance, however, is affected by many factors, and analysts were skeptical of Apple’s bold claim. The benchmark tests that Apple cited ‘don’t always translate to real-world performance,’ said Martin Reynolds, a Gartner Group analyst.”
MacDailyNews Take: Expect the state of denial that Intel’s Pentium 4 has been trounced to last for awhile. Maybe forever.
Wong writes, “The PowerPC G5, which is made by International Business Machines Corp., is the first 64-bit chip to find its way into a desktop computer rather than a workstation. Companies like IBM, Sun Microsystems Inc. and Intel already sell 64-bit processors targeted at workstations and servers.”
Wong reports, “The only other 64-bit microprocessor for desktops is Advanced Micro Device’s upcoming Athlon 64, which is expected to debut in September.”
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