Our fancy schmancy new Power Mac Quad G5 boxes were released to us this morning. 20″ Cinema Displays, too. These bad boys have 4 x 2.5GHz G5 cores, adding up to 10GHz of raw power under the hood. Sure, there’s some overhead in spreading stuff over the different chips, and some software won’t take advantage of it, but having that much CPU power sitting ready is pretty sweet.
I just did a quick
playbenchmark with Return to Castle Wolfensteina well-trusted benchmarking utility, and man this machine runs nicely 🙂
I’m just putting on some of the missing software (no XCode in our developer’s load? MySQL, etc…) but basicallly I’m on the ground running out of the box. I just copied my home directory over from a backup, and since 90% of the apps I use are in that, I’m up and running. Very cool machine.
The Cinema Display makes the LCD on my PowerBook look mighty dim. Oh, well 🙂 The Mighty Mouse is pretty sweet, too. The little nipple/ball/button dealie works surprisingly well, but I’m occasionally tripping into Exposé by accidentally squeezing the mouse too hard.
Update: Spotlight and Dashboard are totally usable – instantly responsive. I’m guessing Steve has one of these when reviewing OSX releases 🙂
Update: I forgot to add the image I took to update my State of the Desktop on Flickr…
5 thoughts on “10GHz of power!”
Now remember D’Arcy, with power comes responsibility.
You are forgiven for “squeezing the mouse too hard.” Controlling all that power must be tough (but someone has to do it, right?). You have my congratulations and envy.
and in 6 months- you’ll be wishing you had the new intel driven version-
so enjoy your short lived “I’m king of the mountain”
“no matter how big and bad you think you are, there will always be someone bigger and badder” – every good martial arts instructor…..
It just hit me – after mentioning my old 8600/300 in the last post, and now the 10GHz monster in this one, I’m now on a machine that is over 33 times more powerful than the top of the line machine from 1997, and that’s just on pure megahertz measurements. Hard drives are faster, memory is faster, graphics card is faster… Oy.
David – likely, but it came down to “we have the money now, and may not again for awhile” so you get the best bang for the buck in hand. I’m totally ready for the next update to the Mac Mini to blow this box away, but it’s still waaaaay more powerful than what I was on yesterday 🙂
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