Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Power Mac dual G5 2.7 GHz release imminent

Amazon.com has posted specifications for the new Power Mac dual G5 2.7 GHz, indicating that its release is imminent. This has been suspected by the online community for the past week, since Power Mac shipping times listed at the Apple Store have recently increased, something that often indicates an update to the line is coming soon.

The specs of the top end Mac are as follows:

Apple Power Mac G5 - M9749LL/A
- Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger
- Dual 2.7 GHz PowerPC G5 processors
- 512 MB of DDR SDRAM
- 250 GB hard drive
- 16x Dual Layer SuperDrive (CD/DVD+/-RW)

Also listed are dual 2.0 and dual 2.3 GHz Power Macs, with 512 MB RAM, and 16X dual-layer SuperDrives. The dual 2.0 sports a 160 GB hard drive, while the dual 2.3 has a 250 GB one. These specs confirm the specs listed in Think Secret's article from several weeks ago.

It will be interesting to see if this machine is liquid cooled or air cooled. A 200 MHz upgrade at the top end after 10 months isn't terribly impressive, especially considering there is no price drop, but it would be more impressive if the update is with a change to air cooling at the same time.


Anonymous said...

Why do you think air cool is more impressive - yes they may have reduced heat output, but isn't water cooling more efficent - therefore quieter?

Eug said...

I don't have a big problem with liquid cooling per se. I was just hoping that they had solved their heat density problems so that liquid cooling wouldn't be required, or else would be required only at significantly higher clock speeds.