The Omega Project (PowerMac G5)

08.11.2018 - Apple, History, PowerPC
The Omega Project (PowerMac G5)

It was simultaneously the debut of the fifth generation PowerPC (PowerPC 970), PowerMac G5 and the new case is made of anodized aluminum alloy, with a “cheese grater” in the front. The best form factor for professional Macs in their entire history…

The statement about “the best design…” – stupidity and nonsense, as tastes differ. But I’ll risk it. Especially now there is a formula UI/UX, which allows to evaluate the design of an open mind. A high level of design is when UI (beautiful) products tends to innity, and the UX (ergonomics, or, speaking in Russian, “Human Experience”) to approach zero.

In any case, about the meaning of UI/UX I was joking. Not everything is so hopeless and bad. But it is better. Apple, straining all his considerable design and engineering forces in the sweat of persons working on the creation of a new “professional Mac”, most likely the next Mac Pro, absolutely incredible shape, “cool”…

They would love us all be a pleasant surprise. I know a way: return the case with the “cheese grater”, even without these holes, it’s not them. But alas, it is easier to return the youth.

June 23, 2003, opening the WWDC, Steve jobs presented to the public, according to Steve, the first 64-bit personal computer in the world, on the PowerPC G5.

About this event was published two press releases: one about the PowerPC 970, on behalf of Apple and IBM. Second – on a PowerMac G5, from Apple.

PowerMac G5, at all

Quite rare in the history of personal computers: view what’s inside can be very easy. One of the walls (right, if you look at the box from the front) opened the hood of the car. Everything the user needs to be accessed, had, insert, or replace the hard drive, RAM, or expansion card can be had without the aid of any tools.

Everything else was hidden from the eyes and hands in a box labeled “G5”. The opening of the box canceled the warranty. It was the fifth generation of the PowerPC and North bridge from Apple engineers, in a massive aluminium heatsink.

In the Mac Pro (in the buildings with the “cheese grater” in the front) access to the variable parts of the configuration even more convenient. And then… the evil magician transformed him into some kind of baskets for garbage design work, with offended pride in his voice rejecting suspicions professional masses: “he doesn’T overheat!”. But alas, the suspicions were unfounded – before the masses apologized. And… waiting. In 2019 promised…

However, we are traveling in time, and while we are on the calendar on 23 June 2003, the PowerMac G5 is just beginning…

The first generation PowerMac G5

Have a PowerMac G5 first generation, in cases with “holes” on the front side of the housing, two crucial differences from all professional Macs, visited the light up to 23 June 2003.

Is processor: 64-bit, with unprecedented parallelism of all that is possible within the PowerPC G5. And performance. Even in the cheapest basic version, it was noticeably larger than its predecessors.

Despite the common identifier model, strictly speaking, models of the first PowerMac G5 had two. Cheap (very different from all the others) and two “abruptly”, is much more close to each other (I’ll call them “expensive”).

Rumor has it (no official confirmation) that the cheapest PowerMac G5 is a relic product, all that remained of the model identifier PowerMac7,1.

At the last moment he was added to the PowerMac7,2 and still released. It looks like it. On Mac G5 with a clock frequency less than 1.5 GHz, according to eyewitnesses, slower than a Mac and with the same frequency on G4. 1.6 GHz is a real G5.

However, shared among all variants of the first generation PowerMac G5 is.

This 1:2 ratio between the clock frequency of the front bus and CPU speed, 4x SuperDrive, Serial ATA with data transfer rate of 1.5 GB/s and the second level cache of 512 K.

And two bays for SATA hard disk drives size 3.5 inches, one of which is in the base set was busy.

Slots for AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 1.1 (AirPort card and Bluetooth module need to be purchased for an additional fee).

Ethermet 10/100/100Base-T, 3 USB 2.0 ports, 2 FireWire 400, 1 FireWire 800 port.

Modem 56k V. 92.

Code names is the most important! Omega and Q37.

Presumably a former PowerMac7,1

The clock frequency of the PowerPC G5 – 1.6 GHz. The clock frequency of frontal system bus, respectively, of 800 MHz.

Type of memory PC2700 DDR SDRAM includes 256 Megabytes. Chips for 128 MB in two banks. Limitations: memory must be installed in pairs of chips of equal size. The maximum amount (which can be configured in the online Apple store) – 4 GB.

Graphics card – NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra with 64 MB VRAM, 8x AGP slot.

The resolution on the primary and secondary monitors up to 1920×1200.

Hard drive capacity 80 GB 7 200 rpm In the online store offered drives 160 and 250 Gigabytes,so when ordering it was possible to increase the amount of disk space to 500 GB. Came up and any other 3.5 inch SATA disks.

Geekbench 2 – 918 points. Price… 1 999 $ (in 2003, according to the current exchange rate is about two and a half).

Three expansion slots (PCI).

PowerMac G5 SP 1.8 PowerMac G5 DP 2.0

Expensive options two. One with a single processor (SP = Single Processor) with a clock frequency of 1.8 GHz (clock frequency of frontal system bus 900 MHz), the second – with two processors (DP = Double Processor) with a clock frequency of 2.0 GHz and a clock frequency of frontal system bus at 1.0 GHz.

The second level cache of 512 K.

Expensive options used memory “Mature” – PC3200 DDR SDRAM, and the basic kit is 512 Megabytes. To increase it to 8 GB, again placing in both Bank chips with the same amount of memory.

Included hard drive capacity 160 GB (7 200 rpm) In online store offered drives of 80 and 250 GB.

Should you want to purchase to connect a larger number of SATA drives, the manufacturers who swore that their production does not affect the thermal balance of the computer, but with rare exceptions it was not true. However, serious troubles because of this I have not heard. All PowerMac G5 without any problems and cope with more severe overheating.

Expensive options used PCI-X, and they were three.

In the SP-version video card – NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra with 64MB of video memory installed in the 8x AGP slot. The resolution on the primary and secondary monitors up to 1920×1200.

Included hard drive capacity 160 GB (7 200 rpm) In online store offered drives in 80 and 250 Gigabytes,so when ordering it was possible to increase the amount of disk space to 500 GB. Came up and any other 3.5 inch SATA disks.

Geekbench 2 – 1047 points. … The price of 2 399$.

In the variant DP – graphics card ATI Radeon 9600 Pro, AGP 8x, with 64 MB of video memory. The resolution on the primary and secondary monitors up to 1920×1200.

2 999 $ 1,692 score in Geekbench 2.

The number of processors in the medium variant doubles

November 18, 2003 Apple has replaced the single-processor version clocked at the same dual with the same clock frequency.

The updated version of Geekbench 2 score 1 score 541, and 2 cost $ 499, $ 100 more expensive than its predecessor.

To be continued


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