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Apple G5.

As the second biggest market in the world for Apple, Japan is bound to get all excited about this one--the new Power Mac G5. Just in case you're not really a Mac man (or woman, of course), here's the skinny: it's the world's fastest PC (that's personal computer, folks, and not some damning insult against Mac fans) and the first one in the world to "break the 4 gigabyte barrier." It does this by running two 2GHz processors in tandem and, thanks to the adoption of AGB and PCI-X for massive bandwith (PCI speeds from 33MHz-133MHz and throughput from 266MBps-2GBps), this machine doesn't just look mean; it plays mean, too.

Said to outpace any Pentium 4 Intel can chuck at it, the new G5 desktop's AGP 8X Pro bus allows throughput of 2.1GB/sec, allowing Apple to stick mega-powered graphics cards, such as the ATI Radeon 9800 Pro and NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra, in the systems.

The connections are souped up too, with a FireWire 800, three USB 2.0, a Gigabit Ethernet and optical digital and analog audio ports.

There are three models available (1.6GHz, 1.8GHz and that dual 2GHz model), all boasting the DVDR/CD-RW Superdrive, three PCI slots, and ADC and DVI connectors ready for Airport Extreme that can also be configured to chat with your Bluetooth gadgets if you like.

More impressively still, the G5 is a study in design. It looks amazing; it's impressively efficient in the use of space inside the box, and it's easy to upgrade. Who isn't going to want one?

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Title Annotation:The Pulse 2: the best of J@pan Inc.'s newsletter
Publication:Japan Inc.
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:9JAPA
Date:Aug 1, 2003
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