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"G5" refers to the 5th generation of the PowerPC architecture introduced in 2002. While G5 is the name used for marketing this processor, it is referred to by the manufacturer (IBM) as the PowerPC 970, 970FX, 970MP or the 970GX series.

In 2004, IBM revised the original G5 (PPC 970) and introduced the 970FX. The 970FX uses significantly less power and therefore runs cooler than the 970. In 2005, IBM released the PowerPC 970MP, a dual core version of the 970FX processor.

The G5 was first used in the PowerMac G5. This meant that the PowerMac G5 was the world's first widely available 64-bit personal computer.

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Use in Apple Products

PowerMac G5

  • 970 (2003) - 1.6 GHz (800 MHz FSB), 1.8 GHz (900 MHz FSB), dual 1.8 GHz (900 MHz FSB), dual 2.0 GHz (1 GHz FSB).
  • 970FX (2004/2005) - 1.8 GHz (600 MHz FSB), dual 1.8 GHz (900 MHz FSB), dual 2 GHz (1 GHz FSB), dual 2.3 GHz (1.15 GHz FSB), dual 2.5 GHz (1.25 GHz FSB), dual 2.7 GHz (1.35 GHz FSB).
  • 970MP (2005) - 2 GHz (1 GHz FSB), 2.3 GHz (1.15 GHz FSB), dual 2.5 GHz (1.25 GHz FSB).
    • All 970MP models were dual-core meaning that the dual 2.5 GHz has 4 effective processor cores.

iMac G5

  • 970FX (2004 - 2006) - 1.6 GHz (533 MHz FSB), 1.8 GHz (600 MHz FSB), 1.9 GHz (633 MHz FSB), 2.0 GHz (667 MHz FSB), 2.1 GHz (700 MHz FSB).

Xserve G5

  • 970FX (2004 - 2006) - 2 GHz (1 GHz FSB), dual 2 GHz (1 GHz FSB), dual 2.3 GHz (1.15 GHz FSB).

Apple completed the transition to Intel processors in August 2006. Apple no longer sells any products with G5 processors.