The San Jose Mercury News has posted an article looking at Appleis Power Mac G5, noting that it is very much "an impressive machine," especially when tasked with many CPU-intensive operations at once. In the example given, the dual 2.0GHz Power Mac G5 upscales a massive Photoshop document into an even larger one, and compresses a DV movie into QuickTime, all while smoothly playing a video in full-screen. From the Mercury News:
Having Apple Computeris new Power Mac G5 around the office is like having a superhero assistant.
Apple says this machine will change the way people work. Iid have to agree. I sometimes had trouble thinking of realistic tasks trying to slow it down. The same scenario played out again and again in different situations with different programs. Having the G5 was like having three of Appleis most powerful G4 machines in one. The feats the G5 pulled off were the computing equivalent of leaping tall buildings in a single bound.
So yes, Appleis G5 delivers the performance leap the company promised. It not only smoked the 1-GHz PowerBook G4 in image and video editing tests, it just embarrassed my trusty 667-MHz Power Mac G4. And the truth is, Appleis Power Mac sales have been so sluggish lately that a lot more people are probably thinking about upgrading from 667-MHz boxes than 1-GHz ones.
You can read the full article at the San Jose Mercury News Web site.