The specs for the G5 machines that were accidentally posted at the Apple store a few days ago were correct. Steve Jobs just announced G5 Powermacs at the WWDC conference. He’s calling it the “world’s fastest personal computer.” They just finished doing a demo in which a Dual 2 GHz G5 vastly outperforms a High-end Dual Xeon. Read more for preliminary specs. Prices will be $2000-3000. Oh, and the Panther OSX update was announced, but we already knew about that.Update: Official specs are up at the Apple Store. Also see Apple’s G5 Benchmark Page.
Note: this is a fast and dirty transcription from the conference floor:
Single/Dual processors. Up to 8GB Memory. Can talk to memory @ 6.4GB/s. 4x Superdrive in each. Geforce fx5200 in lower, radeon 9600 pro in higher mode.
System – G5 System Controller – dedicated bandwidth to each subsystem. IBM is fabricating it. 6x faster than G4, 8GB bandwidth, 1processor doesn’t slow down the other one. 400mhz DDR memory, AGP 8x Pro, 133mhz PCI-X slots. Hypertransport. Serial ATA. 1.5GB/s bandwidth. independent interfaces to each drive. Rest of the i/o – high performance. optical digital i/o and analog i/o, fw800 ,usb 2.0
Massively parallel. Up to 250 inflight instructions. — can be processed at the same time. The G4 can do 16. Floating point “monster”. Two fully symetric integer units. massive branch prediction logic.
Fastest front sidebus – ever. designed for dual processor systems.
Blurry photo of case (digital pic taken of big screen at keynote speech)