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Apple have laid claim to the title of the world's fastest personal computer with the release of the Power Mac G5, the first PC to utilise 64-bit processing technology.

"The 64-bit revolution has begun and the personal computer will never be the same again," according to Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "The new Power Mac G5 combines the world's first 64-bit desktop processor, the industry's first 1 GHz front-side bus, and up to 8GB of memory to beat the fastest Pentium 4 and dual Xeon-based systems in industry-standard benchmarks and real-world professional applications."

The PowerPC G5 processor that powers the new Mac is a result of the strategic relationship between Apple and IBM. The G5 runs at clock speeds up to 2 GHz and IBM's next generation POWER architecture is capable of virtually addressing 18 exabytes (18 billion billion bytes) of memory.

The G5 provides enough bandwidth to deliver a typical full-length motion picture in less than one second according to IBM.

To achieve this performance, ultra-thin 130 nanometer circuitry (nearly 800 times thinner than a human hair), IBM has crammed 1,131 feet of copper and 58 million transistors. Compare this with 42 million transistors in the Pentium 4 and 29,000 in the first home computing microprocessor - the Intel 8080 - an 8-bit chip introduced in 1974.

The Power Mac G5 supports memory expansion up to 8GB and advanced 64-bit computation, while running existing 32-bit applications natively.

The Power Mac G5 line will be available in August in three different configurations ranging from of AUS$3,599 inc GST to AUS$5,599 inc GST.

The release coincides with a preview of the Mac OS X version 10.3 "Panther", the next major version of Mac OS X that will ship by the end of 2003.

Follow the links below for further information and full-specs of the Power Mac G5.