InfoWorld: Nothing can compare to Apple’s new Power Mac G5 Quad – true workstation at desktop price

“Uninformed Apple skeptics have trouble seeing most Mac client systems as anything but home or schoolroom computers. In fact, most of Apple’s client systems are made for commercial use: PowerBook G4 notebooks, Power Mac G5 power desktops and iMac G5 desktops are fast, indestructible, kitchen-sink-included machines in which design style is a functional, as well as aesthetic attribute. Lift a Power Mac G5, a Cinema Display or an iMac G5 and you’ll be surprised by their weight. Tight fit and finish with minimal seams, thick aluminum and heavy polycarbonate exteriors and exceptionally solid internal construction suit Apple’s commercial clients to high duty cycles. And while it isn’t officially part of Apple’s marketing, commercial Macs adapt unusually well to sub-optimal operating conditions,” Tom Yager writes for InfoWorld.

“Without question, the biggest news in Apple’s client lineup, and to my mind, the most powerful and innovative client system in Apple’s history, is Power Mac G5 Quad. Finally, Apple designed a workstation. This is Apple and IBM’s answer to PC vendors’ (especially HP’s) dual-core Xeon and Opteron workstations. x86-based workstations were themselves an answer to overpriced RISC, but the right solution all along was not x86, but an affordable, meaningful RISC workstation. While I must make clear that I have yet to work or live with any of Apple’s new systems, it looks like Apple may have created the first true workstation with a desktop’s price tag and ease of use. I know of nothing that compares to it,” Yager writes.

“A word to the wise: Don’t let the sub-$5K price tag trick you into calling this an ‘entry workstation.’ If you go comparison shopping for other vendors’ four-core, 64-bit Unix RISC workstations, you won’t find anything close to Power Mac G5 Quad under $5,000. You get a bargain hunter’s merit badge if you find a quad-core workstation worth a damn (meaning that it does real work right out of the box) for under $10,000,” Yager writes.

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30 Comments

  1. ” You get a bargain hunter’s merit badge if you find a quad-core workstation worth a damn (meaning that it does real work right out of the box) for under $10,000,” Yager writes.”

    I like this guy. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”LOL” style=”border:0;” />

  2. <<While I must make clear that I have yet to work or live with any of Apple’s new systems, it looks like Apple may have created the first true workstation with a desktop’s price tag and ease of use. I know of nothing that compares to it,” Yager writes.>>

    Jeesh, now we’re getting recognition from people that have never used a Mac, and in InfoWorld no less.

    MDN Word: Some, as in: Some like it HOT.

  3. Now if they can just get the heat down! I’m still anxiously awaiting full benchmarks on these new Mac and especially the Powerbooks. I’m wondering if the DDR2 memory makes a difference. Since I’m hearing nothing I’m having to conclude that there’s no news there. I’m kind of disappointed that there’s no update to the video. The high-res screen though makes the upgrade a worthwhile one.

  4. Tom Yeager is an Mac guy, but he’s circumspect about it. He’s the sort of guy you want on your side, but if he keeps writing so effusively about Apple products there will be those who dismiss his opinions out of hand. There are a lot of haters who already consider Walt Mossberg–a fair-minded prince if there ever was one–an Apple shill and a corporate mouthpiece.

    It’s difficult to appear a fair-minded reviewer when most of Apple’s products are so well-realized; you just can’t find that much downside in them, certainly not enough to counterpoint the pros. But you have to try. I think MDN could probably benefit from this advice. I can’t point windows users or agnostics to MacDailyNews without them dismissing the entire site as an Apple lovefest, and i hate that because i visit the site 4-5 times a day.

  5. Excuse me, but i think i just stepped into an alternate universe or something… one where Apple actually gets some respect. How do i get back to my universe? Hmmm, then again, i’m not sure i want to go back (the girls in this universe seem to look just as good as in the one i came from, so maybe i’ll just stay here).

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