Power Mac G5

The PowerMac G5 is a desktop computer first produced in 2003 by the Apple Corporation. This guide will review the repair process of an Apple PowerMac G5 model number A1047 EMC 2061 from 2004. It was discontinued in 2006 as part of the Intel switch first to developers then consumers.

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Can this model run Lion or Leopard OS please?

I hope the info below helps in answering this question. It's a well cared for second hand job on ebay. Sorry if it's a bit long, here goes:

APPLE G5 POWERMAC DESKTOP COMPUTER MODEL A1047

Used but in excellent condition.

Customised RAM to 4 GB MAC OSX 10 INSTALLED PRELOADED WITH LOGIC PRO 9

PLEASE NOTE: I DO NOT HAVE THE ORIGINAL BOX AND WOULD PREFER THE BUYER TO COLLECT FROM STREATHAM. HOWEVER, I WILL ARRANGE COURIER DELIVERY IF NECESSARY.

THE COMPUTER WILL BE PROFESSIONALLY PACKED TO ELIMINATE ANY RISK OF DAMAGE.

The Apple Power Macintosh G5/1.8 (PCI-X), is a member of the first Mac series to use the 64-bit PowerPC 970 (G5) processor, and consequently are arguably the first "desktop"

computers to use 64-bit chips. In addition to higher clock speeds, the PowerPC 970 (G5) has a "new execution core that features massively parallel computation for an

unprecedented 215 in-flight instructions", and the Power Macintosh G5 uses a new system architecture as well. Together this combination results in major speed gains compared

to earlier Apple systems.

The Power Macintosh G5/1.8 (PCI-X) features a 1.8 GHz PowerPC 970 (G5) processor with an optimized AltiVec "Velocity Engine" vector processing unit, and 512k level 2 on-chip

cache, and shipped configured with 512 MB of 400 MHz PC3200 DDR SDRAM (Upgraded to 4 GB), a 160.0 GB (7200 RPM) Serial ATA hard drive, a 4X DVD-R/CD-RW "SuperDrive", and a

NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra (AGP 8X Pro) video card with 64 MB of DDR SDRAM. In addition to including FireWire "400" and "800", ADC, DVI, support for AirPort Extreme (802.11g) and Bluetooth 1.1, the Power Macintosh G5 also introduces USB 2.0 (on the Mac) and optical digital audio in/out. Additionally, this model and the higher-end Power Macintosh G5 2.0 DP introduced PCI-X slots.

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Well of course I don't expect 'progress' to stop, otherwise I'd be some Luddite who doesn't even touch computers. Also as the owner of a 1980's touring bicycle I know exactly what built in obsolescence is, believe you me. :D So anyway, what models of Mac should I be looking out for on the used market, and what typically should I expect to pay?

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This model has a G5 processor and the highest system it will take is 10.5.8. It will not go to Snow Leopard or Lion. You cannot upgrade the processor to an Intel. This machine shipped with 10.2.7. Here's all the specs on it: http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/po...

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Thank you. I decided not to buy it anyway in the end, and this makes it clear why.

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Glad I could help answer your question. Any thing else?

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Maybe, I am learning video editing on Final Cut Pro, and also want to be more conversant with Mac, having been mainly a PC user. I need to find a reasonably priced used Mac that is more future proof than that G5, basically.

by Malcolm Hunt

Well, that gave me a grin ;-) You're asking for progress to stop on computers and processors. Technology advances and companies plan for software obsolescence. We get a new book keeping program every year, yet accounting really hasn't changed in the last few hundreds of years. We had Rosetta for Power PC programs to run on Snow Leopard but not on Lion. There is no real reason for those programs to no longer run on the Core2Duo processors except for "Planned Obsolescence". The corporate world does their best to force you to buy and keep upgrading. They don't want you to repair your machine, they want you to buy the New, Improved model: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planned_obs...

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In answer to,"what models of Mac should I be looking out for on the used market, and what typically should I expect to pay?" Another grin, how much is a used car? But to try, I really like the 2009 MacPro Nehalem in the 2.66 model, W3520 CPU. It is the bottom of the line but has phenomenal speed. It benches at 8273 besting the iMac (27-inch Mid 2011 i5) of 8307. The machines cpu processor board can be changed out and upgraded to the dual Intel Xeon X5570 2930 MHz (8 cores) taking it to a bench of 15558 making it the third faster Mac ever. 8 RAM slots taking it to 48 gigs of RAM. 4 hard drive slots with a slot for a RAID card. A used one can be had for under $2000. I'm building the big boy for myself right now.

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