Apple today increased the performance of its G5 range up to 2.7GHz and adding ‘Tiger' as standard into the mix. The new Power Mac G5 line also delivers higher performance graphics options with more memory and built-in support for Apple's 30-inch Cinema HD Display on the 2.7GHz model. The new line also includes larger hard drives, a faster 16x SuperDrive with double-layer support and 512MB of memory across the line.

Prices will start at £999 but soon scale up to £2000 depending on the spec.
The Power Mac G5, with a suggested retail price of £1,349 (inc VAT), includes: Dual 2.0GHz 64-bit PowerPC G5; 512MB 400MHz DDR SDRAM (4GB maximum); 160GB Serial ATA 7200 rpm hard drive; AGP 8X Pro graphics slot; ATI Radeon 9600 with 128MB DDR SDRAM; 3 PCI slots (64-bit 33MHz); and 16X SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD±R/CD-RW).

The Power Mac G5, with a suggested retail price of £1,699 (inc VAT), includes: Dual 2.3GHz 64-bit PowerPC G5; 512MB 400MHz DDR SDRAM (8GB maximum); 250GB Serial ATA 7200 rpm hard drive; AGP 8X Pro graphics slot; ATI Radeon 9600 with 128MB DDR SDRAM; 3 PCI-X slots (one 64-bit 133MHz, two 64-bit 100MHz); and 16x SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD±R/CD-RW).

The Power Mac G5, with a suggested retail price of £1,999 (inc VAT), includes: Dual 2.7GHz 64-bit PowerPC G5; 512MB 400MHz DDR SDRAM (8GB maximum); 250GB Serial ATA 7200 rpm hard drive; AGP 8X Pro graphics slot; ATI Radeon 9650 with 256MB DDR SDRAM and support for one 30-inch Apple Cinema HD Display; 3 PCI-X slots (one 64-bit 133MHz, two 64-bit 100MHz); and 16x SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD±R/CD-RW).

Build-to-order options include up to 8GB of RAM, 250GB, 400GB and two 400GB Serial ATA hard drives, Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) drive, graphics cards (ATI Radeon 9600, ATI Radeon 9650, and NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra DDL), AirPort Extreme Card, Bluetooth module, internal v.92 56K modem, Apple Fibre Channel PCI-X Card, Apple PCI-X Gigabit Ethernet card and Mac OS X Server version 10.4 “Tiger”.

In other Apple news, the company also reduced the price of its cinema displays. The 20-inch Cinema Display, 23-inch Cinema HD Display and the 30-inch Cinema HD Display will now cost £549 (inc VAT), £1,049 (inc VAT) and £2,099 (inc VAT), respectively.