PPC 970: Is It Enough?

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Date: Thursday, September 4th, 2003, 09:48
Category: Hardware, PowerMac G5

Any editorial at Mac Buyers Guide discusses issues surrounding the performance of Apple’s ne PPC 970 (a.k.a. G5) processor.

Even before their June 23rd announcement by Apple (following a widely reported leak the previous week!), it was well known that the next generation of Power Macintosh computers would be based on the PowerPC 970 chip. This IBM-developed chip, which Apple calls the G5, is much more powerful than the chips referred to as G3 and G4. In this article, we’ll look at the new chip, its features and performance.
What IBM Said
In early March 2003, a press release from IBM suggested that the Power PC 970 would be clocked up to 2.5 GHz. Mac rumor sites immediately announced that the 2.5 GHz chip was already running in the lab and that Macs based on this part would soon be blowing away Intel’s fastest chips. Although the real story turned out a little differently, Apple can still claim “the world’s fastest personal computer.” Read more at MBG…


Any editorial at Mac Buyers Guide discusses issues surrounding the performance of Apple’s ne PPC 970 (a.k.a. G5) processor.

Even before their June 23rd announcement by Apple (following a widely reported leak the previous week!), it was well known that the next generation of Power Macintosh computers would be based on the PowerPC 970 chip. This IBM-developed chip, which Apple calls the G5, is much more powerful than the chips referred to as G3 and G4. In this article, we’ll look at the new chip, its features and performance.
What IBM Said
In early March 2003, a press release from IBM suggested that the Power PC 970 would be clocked up to 2.5 GHz. Mac rumor sites immediately announced that the 2.5 GHz chip was already running in the lab and that Macs based on this part would soon be blowing away Intel’s fastest chips. Although the real story turned out a little differently, Apple can still claim “the world’s fastest personal computer.” Read more at MBG…

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