Apple has unveiled the replacement for its PowerMac G5: a machine based on two dual-core Xeon processors at clock speeds of up to 3GHz, with room for four hard drives, two optical drives and 16GB RAM.
Apple has announced the replacement for its PowerMac G5 is the Mac Pro, based on two dual-core Xeon processors at clock speeds of up to 3GHz.
Apple is among the first manufacturers to use Xeons broadly in a line of mainstream desktop PCs. Intel has targeted the chips towards servers and priced them accordingly.
Apple chose Xeon over Core 2 Duo because it can be used in multiprocessor configurations, whereas Core 2 Duo can only be installed as a single CPU.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs said in his keynote speech at the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference this morning that the quad-core Xeons were 1.6 to 2.1 times faster than the fastest quad-core G5 system was, based on the SPEC2000 benchmark.
The new Mac Pro comes in a similar Aluminium tower to the PowerMac G5 but has been redesigned internally to accommodate two optical drives, four 3.5" hard drives, up to 16GB of RAM, three PCI Express slots and one double-size PCI Express graphics slot.
In Australia, the machines have gone on sale at the Apple online store from $3,999, which includes two dual-core 2.66GHz Xeons, 1GB RAM, a 250GB hard drive and an NVIDIA 7300GT graphics card.
If you want the Apple upgrade to 16GB RAM, that's a mere $9,409 extra. The system uses the more expensive server-grade fully buffered, error correcting RAM (DDR2 667 FB DIMM EC).