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MacComparisonZone: 17 inch 1.25 GHz iMac vs Power Mac Dual G5/1.8 GHz - Performance And Specifications Review

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Created: 5/17/04

Introduction

This Guide compares the 17 inch 1.25 GHz iMac, to the Power Mac Dual G5/1.8 GHz . The 17 inch 1.25 GHz iMac is currently the middle model of its family. It lies between a 15 inch 1 GHz unit, and a 20 inch model, which runs a 1.25 GHz. . The Dual G5/1.8 GHz Tower is the current middle machine, sandwiched between a Dual 2.0 GHz Power Mac and a single processor 1.6 GHz Tower.

Below you will find specifications and features, performance, and price comparisons. We also provide further links where you can do additional research, should you so wish.

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Specifications & Features

Model/Mhz

17" iMac G4/1.25GHz
(#M9168LL/A )
Single Processor
L2 Cache: 256K @ 1.25GHz
L3 Cache: None
Release Date: Sept, 2003

Power Mac G5/1.8 GHz (#M9393LL/A )
Dual Processor
L2 Cache: 512K @ 1.8GHz (x2)
L3 Cache: None
Release Date: Nov, 2003

Price Information

MSRP: $1,799
Apple Store
DealZone

MSRP: $2,499
Apple Store
DealZone

Bus Speed
(Mhz)

167 MHz
900 MHZ Frontside bus

RAM
(MAX)

256MB of PC2700 (333MHz) DDR SDRAM
1GB Max
512MB PC3200
400MHz DDR SDRAM
8 GB max

Graphics Support

NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200
Ultra with 64MB of DDR SDRAM
AGP 4X
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra
64MB DDR SDRAM
AGP Pro 8X slot

Expansion
Slots





AirPort Extreme Slot
Optional internal Bluetooth adapter

Two hard drive bays (one filled)
One optical drive bay (filled)
One 133MHz, 64-bit PCI-X slot
Two 100MHz, 64-bit PCI-X slot
One AGP Pro 8X (filled)
AirPort Extreme Slot

Hard Drive

80GB Ultra ATA/100
7200-rpm
160GB Serial ATA
7200 rpm

Optical Drive

Tray loading SuperDrive
(DVD-R/CD-RW)
Writes DVD-R at 4x
Reads DVDs at 8x
Writes CD-R at 16x
Writes CD-RW at 8x
Reads CDs at 32x

SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW)
Writes DVD-R at 4x
Reads DVDs at 8x
Writes CD-R at 16x
Writes CD-RW at 10x
Reads CDs at 32x

Connectivity & Communication

56k modem
Optional 54-Mbps AirPort Extreme Card (based on 802.11g standard; 802.11b Wi-Fi certified)

10/100 BT Ethernet

3 USB 2.0 Ports (480 Mbps)
2 FireWire Port (400 Mbps)



audio line-in jack

Optional Bluetooth 1.1 module and antenna

56k modem
Optional 54-Mbps AirPort Extreme Card (based on 802.11g standard; 802.11b Wi-Fi certified)

10/100/1000 BT Ethernet

3 USB 2.0 Ports (480 Mbps)
2 FireWire Port (400 Mbps)
1 FireWire 800 Port

Optical digital audio in and out Toslink connectors
Analog Stereo audio in and out minijacks

Optional Bluetooth 1.1 module and antenna

Video

17-inch display resolutions: 1440 by 900 (native)

VGA output port - Requires adapter, sold separately.

S-video and composite video output to connect directly to a TV or projector - Requires adapter, sold separately.

Dual display support for VGA video mirroring

Support for digital resolutions up to 1920 by 1200 pixels

ADC and DVI connectors

DVI to VGA adapter included

Dual display support for extended desktop and video mirroring modes



Specification Notes

Built-in flat-panel display

Weight: 22.8 pounds (10.4 kilos)

Weight: 39.2 pounds (17.8 kg)

Performance
Machine
17" iMac G4/1.25GHz
Power Mac Dual G5/1.8 GHz
Processor
107 Points
192 Points - - 79% Faster
Processor (Dual)
107 Points
356 Points- - 233% Faster
MultiTasking
262.13 Seconds
92.56 Seconds- - 183% Faster
Graphics
550 Points
959 Points- - 74% Faster
Graphics (Gaming)
16.7 fps
30 fps- - 80% Faster
General Interface
24 Seconds
17.19 Seconds- - 40% Faster
Hard Drive
164.77 Seconds
93.69 Seconds- - 76% Faster
Photoshop
48.22 Seconds
23.22 Seconds- - 108% Faster
QuickTime Encode
140.22 Seconds
74.48 Seconds- - 88% Faster
iMovie Render
126.95 Seconds
61.64 Seconds- - 106% Faster
MS Office Word Macro
67.41 Seconds
54 Seconds- - 25% Faster
Notes

The first two Processor tests above, are based on the program CineBench 2003, which you can download and run on your own machine. The Processor (Dual) results show the advantage a dual processor machine will have when running an application that takes good advantage of multiple processors (not all applications do).

The Graphics test is also based on CineBench 2003. The results here give an indication of the relative performance of the graphics card.

The General Interface test is based on Let1kWindowsBloom. Again you can download this small program to run on your machine, if you wish to compare scores

If you are going to be running applications that require heavy duty processing capability, the Dual processor machine is the way to go. It's dual processors will also give you greater flexibility when running multiple activities at once.

For more detailed performance of these two machines see this page

Links To Further Information
Machine
17" iMac G4/1.25GHz
Power Mac Dual G5/1.8 GHz
Reviews
Links to additional information

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iMac G4/1.25 GHz Super Drive, 17" Screen #M9168LL/A
Store Apple Store
Price & Shipping*

$1,799 .... Education Discount Price: $1,699
Free Shipping

Sales Tax

All states with sales tax.

Deals & Bundles

available - Available

unknown - Unknown/Delay

unavailable - Unavailable

Apple Promotions and:

available Base machine
delay DeskJet 5850 wireless printer, $100 after rebate ($199 up front)
delay PSC 2410 multifunction printer, $200 after rebate ($299 up front)
unavailable PSC 2175 all-in-one, $100 after rebate ($199 up front)
unavailable Photosmart 7660 inkjet photo printer, $50 after rebate ($149 up front)
delay DeskJet 5150 inkjet printer, free after rebate ($99 up front)
delay DeskJet 5650 inkjet printer, $30 after rebate ($129 up front)

 
Store ClubMac ... Best Buy
Price & Shipping*

$1,794
$27 shipping charge after mail-in rebate.

Sales Tax

CA, TN, WI

Deals & Bundles

available - Available

unknown - Unknown/Delay

unavailable - Unavailable

Apple Promotions and any/all of the following:

available Base Machine
available 512MB RAM, free after mail-in rebate ($40 install)
available Epson Stylus C84 Printer, free after mail-in rebates ($99 up front)
available Epson CX5400 multi-function printer, $99 discount via mail-in rebates ($149 up front)
available Epson CX6400 multi-function printer, $99 discount via mail-in rebates ($199 up front)
available HP Deskjet 5150, $99 discount via Apple rebate ($100 up front)
available HP Deskjet 5650, $99 discount via Apple rebate ($130 up front)
available HP Deskjet 6122, $99 discount via Apple rebate ($180 up front)
available HP Officejet 6110 all-in-one, $99 discount via Apple rebate ($300 up front)
available HP PhotoSmart 7960, $99 discount via Apple rebate ($290 up front)
available USB Floppy, free after mail-in rebate
available MYOB FirstEdge for $10

 
Store MacConnection
Price & Shipping*

$1,794
Free shipping on web orders

Sales Tax

MA, NC, OH, TN

Deals & Bundles

available - Available

unknown - Unknown/Delay

unavailable - Unavailable

unavailable Base machine
unavailable 512 MB RAM, free after mail-in rebates ($40 install fee)
available Epson Stylus Color C84 Inkjet Printer, free after mail-in rebates ($100 up front)

 
Store MacMall ... Best Buy
Price & Shipping*

$1,794
$21 shipping chargeafter mail-in rebate

Sales Tax

CA, TN, WI

Deals & Bundles

available - Available

unknown - Unknown/Delay

unavailable - Unavailable

Apple Promotions and any/all of the following:

available Base Machine
available 512MB RAM, free after mail-in rebate ($40 install)
available Epson Stylus C84 Printer, free after mail-in rebates ($99 up front)
available Epson CX5400 multi-function printer, $99 discount via mail-in rebates ($149 up front)
available Epson CX6400 multi-function printer, $99 discount via mail-in rebates ($199 up front)
available HP Deskjet 5150, $99 discount via Apple rebate ($100 up front)
available HP Deskjet 5650, $99 discount via Apple rebate ($130 up front)
available HP Deskjet 6122, $99 discount via Apple rebate ($180 up front)
available HP Officejet 6110 all-in-one, $99 discount via Apple rebate ($300 up front)
available HP PhotoSmart 7960, $99 discount via Apple rebate ($290 up front)
available USB Floppy, free after mail-in rebate
available MYOB FirstEdge for $10

 
Store MacZone
Price & Shipping*

$1,795
Free shipping for a "limited time"

Sales Tax

CA, IL, MO, NV, OH, TN, WA

available - Available

unknown - Unknown/Delay

unavailable - Unavailable

Apple Promotions and:

available Base machine
available 512 MB RAM, free after mail-in rebate ($40 install)

 
Store PowerMax
Price & Shipping*

$1,795
$32 shipping charge

Sales Tax

None

Deals & Bundles

available - Available

unknown - Unknown/Delay

unavailable - Unavailable

Apple Promotions and any/all of the following:

unknown Base Machine
unknown Free 256MB RAM ($25 install fee)
unknown Free USB "Mega Memory" watch after mail-in rebate ($50 up front)
unknown $75 mail-in rebate on Apple 20" Cinema Display
unknown $100 mail-in rebate on Apple 23" Cinema Display

PowerMax does not provide availability information online...

 

G5/1.8 GHz Dual Processor #M9393LL/A

Store Apple Store
Price & Shipping*

$2,499 .... Education Discount Price: $2,299
Free ground shipping

Sales Tax

All states with sales tax.

Deals & Bundles

available - Available

unknown - Unknown

unavailable - Unavailable

Apple Promotions and

Site offline, apparently due to Akamai outage. Data below from May 7th update...

available Base Machine
delay DeskJet 5850 wireless printer, $100 after rebate ($199 up front)
delay PSC 2410 multifunction printer, $200 after rebate ($299 up front)
unavailable PSC 2175 all-in-one, $100 after rebate ($199 up front)
unavailable Photosmart 7660 inkjet photo printer, $50 after rebate ($149 up front)
delay DeskJet 5150 inkjet printer, free after rebate ($99 up front)
delay DeskJet 5650 inkjet printer, $30 after rebate ($129 up front)

 
Store ClubMac ... Best Buy
Price & Shipping*

$2,494
$55 ground shipping charge after mail-in rebate

Sales Tax

CA, TN, WI

Deals & Bundles

available - Available

unknown - Unknown

unavailable - Unavailable

Apple Promotions and any/all of the following:

available Base Machine
unavailable 512MB RAM, free after rebate ($40 install)
available Miglia TV Tuner/Recorder PCI card for $49 after mail-in rebate ($40 install required)
available Epson Stylus C84 Printer, free after mail-in rebates ($99 up front)
available Epson CX5400 multi-function printer, $99 discount via mail-in rebates ($149 up front)
available Epson CX6400 multi-function printer, $99 discount via mail-in rebates ($199 up front)
available HP Deskjet 5150, $99 discount via Apple rebate ($100 up front)
available HP Deskjet 5650, $99 discount via Apple rebate ($130 up front)
available HP Deskjet 6122, $99 discount via Apple rebate ($180 up front)
available HP Officejet 6110 all-in-one, $99 discount via Apple rebate ($300 up front)
available HP PhotoSmart 7960, $99 discount via Apple rebate ($290 up front)
available MYOB FirstEdge for $10

 
Store MacConnection ... Best Buy
Price & Shipping*

$2,494
Free shipping on web orders

Sales Tax

MA, NC, OH, TN

Deals & Bundles

available - Available

unknown - Unknown

unavailable - Unavailable

Apple Promotions and:

available Base machine
available 1GB RAM, free after mail-in rebate ($40 install fee)
available Epson Stylus Color C84 Inkjet Printer, free after mail-in rebates ($100 up front)

Store MacMall
Price & Shipping*

$2,494
$46 ground shipping charge after $30 mail-in rebate

Sales Tax

CA, TN, WI

Deals & Bundles

available - Available

unknown - Unknown

unavailable - Unavailable

Apple Promotions and any/all of the following:

Site offline, apparently due to Akamai outage. Data below from May 7th update...

available Base Machine
unavailable 512MB RAM, free after rebate ($40 install)
available Miglia TV Tuner/Recorder PCI card for $30 above MSRP (billed as a $100 savings)
available Epson Stylus C84 Printer, free after mail-in rebates ($99 up front)
available Epson CX5400 multi-function printer, $119 discount via mail-in rebates ($149 up front)
available Epson CX6400 multi-function printer, $119 discount via mail-in rebates ($199 up front)
available HP Deskjet 5150, $99 discount via Apple rebate ($100 up front)
available HP Deskjet 5650, $99 discount via Apple rebate ($130 up front)
available HP Deskjet 6122, $99 discount via Apple rebate ($180 up front)
available HP Officejet 6110 all-in-one, $99 discount via Apple rebate ($300 up front)
available HP PhotoSmart 7960, $99 discount via Apple rebate ($290 up front)
available MYOB FirstEdge for $10

 
Store MacZone
Price & Shipping*

$2,495
Free shipping (up to $40) for a "limited time"

Sales Tax

CA, IL, MO, NV, OH, TN, WA

available - Available

unknown - Unknown

unavailable - Unavailable

Apple Promotions and:

Site offline, apparently due to Akamai outage. Data below from May 7th update...

available Base Machine
available 512MB RAM, free after mail-in rebate ($40 installation fee)

 
Store PowerMax
Price & Shipping*

$2,499
$40 shipping charge

Sales Tax

None

Deals & Bundles

available - Available

unknown - Unknown/Delay

unavailable - Unavailable

Apple Promotions and any/all of the following:

unknown Base Machine
unknown Free USB "Mega Memory" watch after mail-in rebate ($50 up front)
unknown $50 mail-in rebate on 17 " Studio Display
unknown $75 mail-in rebate on 20" Cinema Display
unknown $100 mail-in rebate on 23" Cinema Display plus $500 Apple rebate

 

Shipping charges are to California - your mileage may vary. Also prices quoted are for the bare machine and do not reflect RAM installation charges (usually $40), nor the in-store prices of add-on products for which there is a rebate. Shipping charges (if any) for bundled products , also are not reflected in the prices above.

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