Project Viagra (PowerMac G5, June 2004)

Apple’s maniacal passion for decency (in the first years of the App Store) even though he was clearly justified, irritated. But in 2004, the company was not shy about these topics, though doing it gently, in code names (not intended for the public) own products. Checking the iPhone app sent to App Store to embed, with persistence, worthy the best application, Apple has meticulously sought out hints of “obscenity”, finding them even where they were not – and without addressing the reason for the stupid (usually) NIT-picking the path to app on the counters was closed. “Lewdness” was one of the hundreds of varieties of nagging…

Demanding and picky Apple bring developers to a nervous breakdown, but instead, Apple took full responsibility for the applications are available on the shelves of the AppStore. How much was the wailing and gnashing of teeth in the media, but for the second application, as a rule, passed the first time. Their store their rules.

With its own code names company could do all that to the engineers want. Moreover, a “strong word” in this case was quite appropriate: submitted on 9 Jun 2004 PowerMac’and (in races organised by Phil Schiller) won PC with a Pentium 4, overclocked up to one and a half times the clock frequency.

Of course, all these races have been carefully prepared, and unfair – but they weren’t cheating. Data on “participants” races on both sides (configuration, settings and the tests themselves) were published, all who did not believe they could repeat and verify. The opponents were at least comparable – which refutes the generally accepted belief in the irresistible superiority of the PC with a Pentium 4 with a clock frequency of 3.4 GHz over PowerMac’AMI with PowerPC with a clock frequency of 2.5 GHz.

Rebuttal… was! After careful checking it was found out that they are wrong. And rivals and in fact is equal. Employees of marketing services Apple knowingly eat their own bread…

This is a continuation of a series about the PowerMac G5, the previous parts:
— First part: the omega Project (PowerMac G5).

The first Mac PowerPC 970fx?

Code names of the model was two. First, the “Niagra” – slang name for viagra and its analogues we have already discussed. The second was boring and standard: Q77.

New model PowerMac G5 at the opening of WWDC’04 was presented by Phil Schiller. All three options were “twin-engine”, in the most powerful of them to cool the used liquid. Despite the fact that the model used a modification of the PowerPC 970 of the fifth generation produced in IBM’s 90 nm technology, with reduced energy consumption and stands out less heat. PowerPC 970 (without letters) produced by the technology of 130 nm, and eagerly turned the electricity into heat.

New modification (PowerPC 970fx) are not suited for use in portable Macs, at a clock frequency of 2.5 GHz CPU dissipates into the surrounding space more than 200 Watts, but the dreamers of the PowerBook G5 was delighted. A little bit more…

Lightweight version of the G5 was almost completed by the end of 2005, but the project had to close: Apple’s “gone to another”.

Giving readers a fresh Apple news, journalists announced the PowerMac G5 is the first Mac Q77 om the new variant of the fifth generation of PowerPC. In sources of a later time (many of them) this is reported as concrete fact. And what about this, though, was written in the press release by Apple, which lost…

You see, Apple didn’t say that, Q77 were not the first, and this press release has been perfectly preserved. By the way, I would have reason to remember the six million copies of the Mac, presented to the public in 1987…

The first was the Xserve G5, which was released in January 2004.

Brilliant and revealing article about Apple “is not even considered Xserve Mac om” we are not going to mention and quote. “Butterfly” soared because of the most prosaic of reasons.

PowerMac G5 (Mid 2004), General data

In the model ID PowerMac7,3 used dual PowerPC 970fx, and North bridge (the chip that connects the CPU with RAM and video card and sets the ratio of clock frequencies of the processor and front system bus) U3 (CPC925) designed by Apple and manufactured by IBM factory in East Fishkill in new York state.

If U3, these PowerMac’and would have been architectural twins Xserve announced in January 2004, but the Xserve was used U3H North bridge, ECC.

The ratio of frequencies of the processor and front system bus – 2:1.

Processors housed on the “child” card, but upgrades for the PowerPC 970fx has not happened.

The size of second level cache – 512K, type of RAM PC3200 DDR SDRAM, set all options included 8x SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW), but ordering a computer optical drive can be replaced by 8x Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW). UltraATA/100.

Hard drives (in two compartments) used a SATA drive with a maximum transfer rate of 1.5 Gigabits/sec. Sold third-party products that enable you to place in the body up to three additional SATA drives, even if without prejudice to the temperature mode of the computer (“madness of the brave…” – but from friends PowerMac with five disks inside lived and worked in for several years, and “died” not due to overheating).

Why put a bunch of peripherals in the housing? Is not it easier just to connect them to the port with the right baud rate? I like when all details inside: free ports, fewer cables…

Speaking of ports and means of communication. In all embodiments, PowerMac7,3 were built 56,6 k modem (V. 92) they were compatible with AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 1.1, but the AirPort card and/or Bluetooth module you had to purchase at his own expense.

Ethernet 10/100/1000Base-T three USB 2.0 ports (one on the front of the hull, two on the back), two FW400 port (one front and one rear), one port FW800 (rear).

All versions supported resolution up to 1900х1200 on the primary and secondary monitors. If both monitors were DVI or ADC, needed adapter ACD-DVI or DVI-ADC.

Operating system – Mac OS 10.3.4 “Panther”. The maximum version of the system, due to the transition to Intel and termination, starting with Mac OS 10.6, support PowerPC 10.5.8. And desktop apps had to say goodbye to 10.5…

PowerMac G5 (Mid 2004), options

The options were three, with a clock frequency of the dual processor 1.8, 2.0, and 2.5 GHz with a clock frequency of frontal system bus 900 MHz, and 1.0 and 1.25 GHz. Latest Phil Schiller called “the highest in the industry.”

Geekbench 2 (32 – and 64-bit tests I don’t have) – 1 579, 702 1 and 2 100 points.

In a variant of DP1,8 in the base set consisted of 256 Megabytes of RAM, which could be increased (including adjusting the configuration of the computer when purchased) up to 4 Gigabytes. The option was only 4 slots for the installation of the “same pairs” of memory chips. The kit was installed two modules of 128 MB.

NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra (8x AGP) with 64MB of VRAM.

The basic set included a single drive 80 GB (7 200 rpm), one compartment was empty.

Worth DP1,8 – 1 999 USD.

In option DP2,0 included were 512 MB of RAM, slots for 8 it was, accordingly, its maximum possible size is 8 Gigabytes. You were required to install “in pairs of identical chips”.

NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra (8x AGP) with 64MB of VRAM.

The basic kit included single disk 160 GB (7 200 rpm).

Cost DP2,0 – 2 $ 499.

In the variant with 2.5 GHz (DP2,5) dual processors and liquid cooling, in the basic configuration was the same 512 Megabytes of RAM (maximum 8 GB) and the same disk is 160 Megabytes, as in DP2,0.

Video card ATI Radeon 9600 XT (8x AGP) with 128 MB of video memory.

Cost DP2,5 – 2 999 USD.

PowerMac G5 (Late 2004), the appendage

19 October 2004, Apple updated the Xserve RAID (increasing the maximum amount of disk space to 5+ TB), and… awkward addition to the lineup PowerMac’ov G5.

Awkward, because this miracle is under my Desk (since 2005), and it had twenty times to install the Firmware updates… for example, so that it does not hang under Mac OS 10.3.9, not to refuse to fall asleep, had to Wake up.

Then he corrected himself.

The model number it stood out a bright personality. A different North bridge, different ratio of frequencies of the processor and the front system bus (3:1, like in iMac G5)…

Only one processor. Other model ID (PowerMac9,1).

NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra (8x AGP) with 64MB of VRAM, disk 80 GB (7 200 rpm), SATA (1.5 Gigabit/s)…

With the exception of the number of processors and the ratio of clock frequencies, the computer one to one similar to DP1,8. Only came with 10.3.4 10.3.5 instead.

In Geekbench 2 it scored 1005 points, and 1 worth $ 499.

To be continued

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