|Apple PowerMac G5 Desktop (June, 2003) Power PC 1.8Ghz, 2.5GB Ram, 250 HDD|
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|The Apple Power Mac G5 desktop (2003) has been customized by the seller, so read the detailed listing and feel free to reach out to the seller to ask questions about specific adjustments. Without any modifications, the Apple Power Mac G5 desktop 2003 is a 1.6 GHz PowerPC G5-powered desktop that lets you multitask with ease. It comes with a standard capacity of 256 MB, a maximum capacity of 4 GB and 80 GB (7200 RPM) standard hard drive. Moreover, with a resolution of 1920x1200 pixels, this Mac G5 delivers an enhanced visual output. Also, as this Mac G5 customized desktop has Wi-Fi support, you can access high-speed Internet even while traveling. Thanks to its Bluetooth connectivity, this customized desktop facilitates sharing of data with compatible devices. Besides, you can connect your flash drive and digital camera to the Apple Power Mac G5 desktop (2003) via its USB ports to transfer videos and images.|
|Motherboard I/O Ports||FireWire (IEEE1394a) x 2, FireWire (IEEE1394b) x 1, RJ45 Lan Port x 1, USB 1.1 x 2, USB 2.0 x 3|
|Expansion Bays||2 x 3.5" (Internal Access)|
|Hard Drive Interface||Serial ATA|
|RAM Technology||DDR SDRAM|
|Max. Cache Memory||512 KB|
|Max. Video Resolution||1920 x 1200|
|Video Outputs||ADC x 1, DVI x 1|
|Audio Input||Optical Digital In, Stereo Input Jack|
|Audio Output||Analog Audio, Headphone, Optical Digital, Speaker(s)|
|Networking Type||Integrated 10/100/1000 Network Card|
|Release Date||June, 2003|
Average review score based on 8 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
This being a slightly older machine, and the low-end of the G5 line at that, I wasn't expecting much. I bought it based on the price, just to have a machine to tinker around with, and I had always wanted one but couldn't afford it. I had previously been using a 1Ghz G4 tower to play around with, and that was starting to show its age as far as speed was concerned.
On turning the G5 on, though, I was very pleasantly surprised. The machine runs circles around my G4, though only being marginally "faster". It handles flash video like YouTube and so forth beautifully, I would almost say with less sweat than my i5-driven MacBook Pro does. It also uses standard PCI slots (unlike the faster G5s that used PCI-x), so I was able to migrate over the PCI cards that were loaded in my G4 (USB 2.0, FireWire and, most importantly, external SATA).
The cons to this machine are few, though the aforementioned PCI slots can be one of the downsides as they don't make too many straight-up PCI cards anymore (opting rather for PCI-x or PCI Express). Also, there are only two hard drive bays (as opposed to the G4's 4) and a single optical drive bay, so forget about direct-copying DVDs or using Zip disks or whatever. This being the low-end of the G5 line, it can also only access 4GB of RAM, whereas the faster machines could take up to 8GB. The final downside is that, being a PowerPC-based Mac, it is no longer supported by Apple and you are limited to using OS 10.5.8.
All in all, it is a fine machine that does very nicely for what it is, and continues to hold up well even today in the world of multi-core processors and solid-state drives and easily outpaces most netbooks and Atom-based machines.
My experience using the PowerMac G5 2.0GHz DP (June 2003) model far better than what I initially expected. As a Pro Tools 8 & Final Cut user, this machine is still running circles around my old G4 MDD. I can see a huge difference in performance with my eyes closed. The G5 has stronger 64bit dual processors, higher ram capacity (up to 8GB), faster system bus speeds, higher cache bus speeds, usb 2.0, firewire 400, firewire 800, digital I/O ports & 9 (nine) whisper quiet cooling fans.
My only complaints:
1. My PCI expansion cards won't fit this unit (G5 is PCI-X series).
2. It isn't compatible with the newer versions of Pro Tools.
3. It's maximum Operating System is OSX 10.5.8.
4. It will only recognize ram sticks ONLY when they are installed in pairs (ie. 2x256mb, 2x512mb, 2x1GB, 2x2GB, etc.)
I'm not concerned with adobe flash support as I browse the web from my laptop & or android device. This machine is STRICTLY a dedicated production machine & I am very happy to use it in my recording studio. It's blazing fast, looks more modern & it makes my rig ultra stable & error free. To sum it up, if you are on a budget & you are shopping for a powerful production unit; IF your specs are compatible with PowerPC G5, this machine is the way to go. Simply max out the ram & watch how surprised you'll be. Right now, mine is running 4.5GB of ram & hasn't blinked or hiccuped YET.
I bought this because I wanted a MAC.
It turns on & I can receive email. But it needs a FlashPlayer to view most web sites. Adobe no longer supports this computer & they do not have a FlashPlayer that will work on this computer, so I am out of luck.
Would I recommend this computer? No not unless it already has a FlashPlayer.
Without a FlashPlayer all this computer is good for is emails.
I am devastated that I lost the money I paid for the computer & wish I could get it back.
Beware of buying computers on Ebay. You may get shafted like I was.
Okay, first off, PPC machines are at a disadvantage online as Adobe and others don't support the chips anymore. That said, there are workarounds for some issues, and these puppies are really inexpensive, given their performance. PPC Powermac G5s are really stable and oftentimes faster than their Intel competitors. If maxed out online performance isn't an issue so much, these are really great machines for the money.
The seller was very honest and told me what the computer could and couldn't do, he also did a fresh install for me, the Mac works great as most of them do. I would recommend a Mac to anybody thats tiered of PC problems and viruses, Owning a Mac and the way they just work with little to no problems at all out weights any differences you may have to get used to.