Ask Max: Why did Apple stop making the 2.7 GHz G5?
Why did Apple stop making the 2.7 GHz G5? Am I missing something here? I'm really interested in buying a new machine for video editing with FCP/HD etc.
Apple engineers have decided that instead of aiming for higher clock speeds they would build a system with more processors at a slightly slower speed. The Dual Chip Dual Core 2.5 GHz effectively has four 2.5 processors. While this is not the same as having four times the power as a single processor 2.5 GHz system, it does out perform two 2.7 GHz G5 chips.
As for Final Cut Pro HD performance, the Quad 2.5 G5 is a significant performance booster for HD editing and data management. The only downside of the Quad G5 is that it does not have PCI-X slots but instead comes with PCIe slots that will not take PCI or PCI-X cards. This can be a problem if you have an investment in non-PCIe equipment. Hope that helps and remember we will have 2.7 GHz G5s from time to time on our website.