It’s official: Apple ships 64-bit Power Mac G5; over 100,000 ordered since June 23rd intro

As we reported yesterday via the NY Times that Power Mac G5’s would begin shipping today, Apple today announced that it has begun shipping the two single processor models of its Power Mac G5, the world’s fastest personal computer featuring the first 64-bit desktop processor and the industry’s first 1 GHz front-side bus. The dual 2.0 GHz Power Mac G5 will ship later this month, as planned. Apple also announced that it has received orders for over 100,000 Power Mac G5s since its introduction on June 23.

“The Power Mac G5 is a big hit with customers and developers,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing in the press release. “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.”

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 and advanced 64-bit computation, while running existing 32-bit applications natively.

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 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 stunning new professional aluminum enclosure featuring computer-controlled cooling for quiet operation.

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

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); and
– 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); and
– 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 card;
– 3 PCI-X slots (one 64-bit 133 MHz, two 64-bit 100 MHz); and
– 4x SuperDrive.

More information about Apple’s Power Mac G5 here.

9 Comments

  1. :-} I think we’ll have to wait a year before sporting a portable G5.
    IBM is said to be already working on a low consumption version suitable for laptops.

  2. Well, despite what all the PC trolls have been saying for the past 2 months, Apple did indeed deliver and they are the first 64 bit desktop available afterall. As of today Apple is now back on top of the performance heap for the first time in a long time. Can’t wait to get off work so I can go see one…

  3. http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2003/08/20030818022136.shtml

    ThinkSecret chimes in with a report that PowerBook revision development wrapped up earlier this month.

    According to the rumor site, the upcoming upgrades are for the 15-inch and 17-inch PowerBook lines. The new machines should be running a minor revision to Mac OS X (Blackrider). The fate of the 12″ PowerBook, however, is uncertain.

    While no definitive date is provided, “later this week” is floated as an expectation.

    Last week internet whispers predicted PowerBook updates in the pipeline, with expectations of a thinner 12″, 1.33GHz top speeds and FW800 — while a recent Page 2 note revealed near zero stock of 12″ and 15″ PowerBooks at Ingram Micro (a major distributor).

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