Apple iMac G5 (previous generation) review: Apple iMac G5 (previous generation)

The Apple iMac G5 is second to none, however, when it comes to the software bundle. In addition to Mac OS 10.4 Tiger , the iMac G5 ships with the iLife '05 suite, Safari 2.0, Mail 2.0, iChat AV 3.0, AppleWorks, Quicken 2005, the 2005 World Book Multimedia Reference Suite, trial versions of Microsoft Office 2004 and iWork '05, as well as all of the utilities and tools included in Mac OS X 10.4. The only options available are more RAM, a larger hard drive, a wireless keyboard and mouse, and an AppleCare Protection Plan.

The iMac G5 benefits from the same one-year limited warranty for defects and 90 days of free telephone support as all Apple hardware does. We'd like more of the latter, but that can be had with the purchase of an AppleCare Protection Plan, which runs $169 but offers a good value. AppleCare extends free telephone support and hardware repairs for three years, and it includes the TechTool Deluxe troubleshooting application from Micromat. Repair support includes prepaid shipping; hardware under warranty can also be taken to any Apple Store for diagnosis and drop-off/pick-up service. In addition, Apple provides extensive knowledge-base articles on its support Web site, as well as online discussion groups.

Apple iTunes 4.7.1.30 MP3-encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Intel dual-core white box (3.2GHz Pentium Processor Extreme Edition 840; 1,024MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz
134 
Intel P4 Extreme Edition white box (3.73GHz Pentium 4 Extreme Edition; 1,024MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz)
158 

Sorenson Squeeze 4.0 video-encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Intel P4 Extreme Edition white box (3.73GHz Pentium 4 Extreme Edition; 1,024MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz)
212 
Intel dual-core white box (3.2GHz Pentium Processor Extreme Edition 840; 1,024MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz)
240 
System configurations:
Apple iMac G5 (2.0GHz, 17-inch)
PowerPC G5 2.0GHz; 512MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; 128MB ATI Radeon 9600; Maxtor Serial ATA hard drive; Macintosh OS 10.4

Apple iMac G5 (1.8GHz, 17-inch)
PowerPC G5 1.8GHz; 512MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; 64MB Nvidia GeForce FX 5200; Maxtor Serial ATA hard drive; Macintosh OS 10.3.5

Apple Mac Mini (1.25GHz)
PowerPC G4 1.25GHz; 256MB DDR SDRAM 333MHz; 32MB ATI Radeon 9200; ATA hard drive; Macintosh OS 10.3.7

Apple PowerMac G5 dual 2.7GHz
Dual PowerPC G5 2.7GHz; 4,096MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; 256MB Nvidia GeForce 6800 Ultra AGP; 250GB Maxtor Serial ATA hard drive; Macintosh OS 10.4

Velocity Micro ProMagix DCX
3.2GHz Intel Pentium Processor Extreme Edition 840 overclocked to 4.0GHz; Intel 955X Express chipset; 1,024MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB ATI Radeon X850 XT PE PCIe; two 74GB Western Digital Serial ATA hard drives in a RAID 0 array; one 400GB Hitachi HDS724040KLSA80 Serial ATA hard drive; Windows XP Professional SP2

3.2GHz Intel Pentium Processor Extreme Edition 840 white box
3.2GHz Intel Pentium Processor Extreme Edition 840; Intel 955X Express chipset; 1,024MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB Sapphire Radeon X850 XT PCIe; 160GB Seagate ST3160827AS Serial ATA hard drive; Windows XP Professional SP2

3.73GHz Intel Pentium 4 Processor Extreme Edition white box
3.73GHz Intel Pentium 4 Processor Extreme Edition; Intel 955X Express chipset; 1,024MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB Sapphire Radeon X850 XT PCIe; 160GB Seagate ST3160827AS Serial ATA hard drive; Windows XP Professional SP2

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