PRESS RELEASE June 23, 2003

Apple Unleashes the World’s Fastest Personal Computer—the Power Mac G5

First 64-bit Desktop Processor; First 1 GHz Front-Side Bus

MARKHAM, Ontario—June 23, 2003—Apple® today unleashed the world’s fastest*personal computer—the Power Mac® G5—featuring the world’s first 64-bitdesktop processor and the industry’s first 1 GHz front-side bus. Powered bythe revolutionary PowerPC G5 processor designed by IBM and Apple, the PowerMac G5 is the first personal computer to utilize 64-bit processingtechnology for unprecedented memory expansion (up to 8GB) and advanced64-bit computation, while running existing 32-bit applications natively.
“The 64-bit revolution has begun and the personal computer will never be thesame again,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “The new Power Mac G5 combinesthe world’s first 64-bit desktop processor, the industry’s first 1 GHzfront-side bus, and up to 8GB of memory to beat the fastest Pentium 4 anddual Xeon-based systems in industry-standard benchmarks and real-worldprofessional applications.”
Delivering the industry’s highest system bandwidth, the Power Mac G5 lineoffers dual 2.0 GHz PowerPC G5 processors, each with an independent 1 GHzfront-side bus, for an astounding 16 GBps of bandwidth. The line alsofeatures the industry’s highest bandwidth memory (400 MHz 128-bit DDR SDRAMwith throughput up to 6.4 GBps); the industry’s fastest PCI interfaceavailable on a desktop (133 MHz PCI-X); and cutting-edge AGP 8X Pro graphicscapabilities, all within a stunning new professional aluminum enclosurefeaturing innovative computer-controlled cooling for quiet operation.
The PowerPC G5 processor is a result of the strategic relationship betweenApple and IBM. At frequencies up to 2 GHz, the PowerPC G5 introduces 64-bitprocessing technology to desktop computing, while also running 32-bitapplications natively. The PowerPC G5 processor architecture is based on acompletely new execution core that features massively parallel computationfor an unprecedented 215 in-flight instructions, full symmetricmulti-processing, two double precision floating point units and an optimizedVelocity Engine©. The PowerPC G5 chips are fabricated in IBM’s $3 billionstate-of-the-art semiconductor facility in East Fishkill, N.Y.
The new Power Mac G5 is the world’s fastest personal computer based on SPEC®CPU 2000 benchmark results and leading professional application performancetests when compared against 3.0 GHz Pentium 4-based systems and 3.06 GHzDual Xeon-based systems:
  • In the SPEC CPU 2000 independent testing comparing the Power Mac G5against leading 3.0 GHz Pentium 4-based systems and 3.06 GHz Dual Xeon-basedsystems, the Power Mac G5 won three out of four key benchmark tests. Alltests were run with the same industry standard GCC 3.3 compiler to insure afair comparison;
  • Single processor tests results show the Power Mac G5 an impressive 21percent faster than the 3.0 GHz Pentium 4-based PC on SPECfp_base2000, whichmeasures single processor floating point performance, and 10 percent sloweron SPECint_base2000, which measures single processor integer performance;and
  • Dual processor tests results, which determine the fastest personalcomputer since dual processor systems are faster than single processorsystems, are a clean sweep with the Power Mac G5 beating the 3.06 GHz DualXeon workstations by an incredible 41 percent on SPECfp_rate_base2000, whichmeasures the total floating point throughput of the system, and edging outthe same system by three percent on SPECint_rate_base2000, which measurestotal integer computation throughput.

In addition to outperforming Pentium 4- and Dual Xeon-based systems inindustry-standard benchmarks, the Power Mac G5 ran significantly faster thanPentium 4 and Dual Xeon-based systems on performance tests of the mostpopular applications for creative professionals:
  • On a test of 45 commonly used actions, Adobe Photoshop ran twice as faston the Power Mac G5 than on 3.06 GHz Dual Xeon workstations;
  • Logic Audio on the Power Mac G5 can play nearly 40 percent more trackswith reverbs applied than Cubase SX running on a 3.06 GHz Dual Xeonworkstation; and
  • Genentech Blast runs up to five times faster on a Power Mac G5 than on a3.06 GHz Dual Xeon workstation.

Complementing its computational power, the Power Mac G5 providesleading-edge expansion with dual 1.5 Gbps serial ATA interfaces; theindustry’s fastest PCI interface available on a desktop with a 133 MHz andtwo 100 MHz, 64-bit PCI-X slots; and AGP 8X Pro graphics capable ofsupporting the power and thermal demands of high-end professional graphicscards. The Power Mac G5 comes standard with either the NVIDIA GeForceFX 5200or the ATI Radeon 9600 Pro graphics card. As a build-to-order option forunprecedented 3D design, visualization and gaming, the Power Mac G5 linealso features the ATI Radeon 9800 Pro—a workstation-class graphics cardfeaturing per pixel and vertex shaders, and providing an astonishing fillrate of 3 billion textured pixels/second.
The Power Mac G5 delivers industry-leading connectivity and high-performanceI/O for creative professionals with Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire® 800, twoFireWire 400 ports, three USB 2.0 ports, dual display support, opticaldigital audio input and output, analog audio input and output and aheadphone jack. The system also supports 54 Mbps AirPort® Extreme wirelessnetworking and is Bluetooth ready for wireless connections to a host ofBluetooth-enabled peripherals.
The Power Mac G5 features a stunning new anodized aluminum alloy enclosure,designed to meet the needs of the most demanding professionals. The newenclosure is built around four independently controlled thermal zones foradvanced airflow management, with fans in each zone that are individuallycontrolled based on a sophisticated combination of thermal and powermonitoring, resulting in the Power Mac G5 running two times quieter than theprevious Power Mac G4. The G5 enclosure also features an easy-to-open accesspanel allowing quick access to internal components for tool-lessinstallation of memory, hard drives, optical drives or an AirPort Extremecard. Front and rear handles allow professionals to rapidly and safely movePower Mac G5s when and where they need them, and front-mounted FireWire,USB2, and headphone ports provide convenient access for popular peripherals.
Pricing & Availability
The Power Mac G5, with a suggested retail price of $4,199 (CDN), includes:
  • Dual 2.0 GHz 64-bit PowerPC G5;
  • Dual Independent 1 GHz front-side buses;
  • 512MB 400 MHz Dual Channel (128-bit) DDR;
  • 8 DIMMs, 8GB maximum memory;
  • 160GB Serial ATA hard drive;
  • AGP 8X Pro graphics slot;
  • RADEON 9600 Pro-64MB DDR;
  • 3 PCI-X slots (one 64-bit 133 MHz, two 64-bit 100 MHz); and
  • 4x SuperDrive©.

The Power Mac G5, with a suggested retail price of $3,399 (CDN), includes:
  • 1.8 GHz 64-bit PowerPC G5;
  • 900 MHz front-side bus;
  • 512MB 400 MHz Dual Channel (128-bit) DDR;
  • 8 DIMMs, 8GB maximum memory;
  • 160GB Serial ATA hard drive;
  • AGP 8X Pro graphics slot;
  • NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra-64MB DDR;
  • 3 PCI-X slots (one 64-bit, 133 MHz, two 64-bit 100 MHz); and
  • 4x SuperDrive.

The Power Mac G5, with a suggested retail price of $2,799 (CDN), includes:
  • 1.6 GHz 64-bit PowerPC G5;
  • 800 MHz front-side bus;
  • 256MB 333 MHz Dual Channel (128-bit) DDR;
  • 4 DIMMs, 4GB maximum memory;
  • 80GB Serial ATA hard drive;
  • AGP 8X Pro graphics slot;
  • NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra-64MB DDR;
  • 3 PCI slots (64-bit, 33 MHz); and
  • 4x SuperDrive.

The Power Mac G5 line will be available in August and will ship with Mac® OSX “Jaguar” with Mail, iChat©, Safari©, Sherlock®, Address Book, QuickTime®,iLife© (includes iTunes®, iPhoto©, iMovie©, and iDVD©), iSync, iCal©, DVDPlayer, Classic environment, Acrobat Reader, Art Directors Toolkit,EarthLink, FAXstf, FileMaker Pro Trial, GraphicConverter, Microsoft InternetExplorer, Microsoft Office v. X Test Drive, OmniGraffle, OmniOutliner,QuickBooks for Mac New User Edition and Developer Tools.
The Power Mac G5 will be available in build-to-order configurations throughthe Apple Store® ( Options include up to 8GB ofRAM, 250GB hard drives, Combo drive, graphics cards (NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200,ATI Radeon 9600, ATI Radeon 9800), AirPort Extreme Card, Bluetooth moduleand an Apple Fibre Channel PCI Card.

    * “World's fastest” based on SPEC CPU 2000 benchmark results and leadingprofessional application performance tests against 3 GHz Pentium 4-basedDell Dimension 8300 and 3.06 GHz Dual Xeon-based Dell Precision 650. SPECCPU 2000 benchmarks run with GCC 3.3 and independently tested; professionalapplications tested by Apple, June 2003.

Apple Canada Inc. is headquartered in Markham, Ontario and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Apple Computer, Inc. Apple products are available at more than 450 Authorized Apple Canada Dealer locations across Canada.
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Developers Applaud Power Mac G5 Performance
“Thanks to the hard work of Adobe’s engineers, Photoshop performs twice asfast on Power Mac G5s, when compared to any other system we've seen fromApple,” said Greg Gilley, vice president, Graphics Applications Developmentat Adobe. “The future of Photoshop on the Macintosh platform is being gearedaround exploiting the power of Mac OS X and tapping the outstanding hardwareperformance of a new generation of Power Mac G5s.”
“We are simply blown away with the performance we are seeing out of the chipand the incredibly wide pipes on the motherboard which allows our 3Dtechnology to do more in real time than we ever thought possible,” said BradPeebler, Luxology’s president and co-founder.
“After running our RenderMan benchmarks, we can now say that the Power MacG5 is the fastest desktop in the world,” said Ed Catmull, Pixar’s president.
“The combination of Macromedia products and the new Power Mac G5 from Appleis an ideal platform for developers to create great experiences,” said NormMeyrowitz, Macromedia’s president of Macromedia Products.
“Processor power is one of the prime things that makes the magic of digitalaudio happen. The new Power Mac G5 is going to give our customers just wantthey want—loads of power and a great OS that really delivers,” said DaveLebolt, Digidesign’s general manager and Avid Technology vice president.
“Alias|Wavefront is extremely pleased with the performance we’re seeing fromour initial tests of Maya on the Power Mac G5,” says Kevin Tureski, generalmanager, Maya Engineering at Alias|Wavefront. “From dynamics to rendering,we’re seeing twice the performance with our application. Our customers willbe thrilled with the Power Mac G5.”
“The Power Mac G5 is a scientific dream machine,” said Wolfram Researchco-founder Theodore Gray. “Mathematica Version 5’s enhanced support forlarge-scale numerical linear algebra, linear programming, and PDEs, is aperfect example of what you need a machine as powerful as the Power Mac G5for: Everyone who uses Mathematica, or should, would do well to look at thePower Mac G5 very seriously.”