iMac G5 (17” iSight)

Introduced: October 2005
Terminated: January 2006


With a bump in speeds, and a few other new features, the new release of the iMac G5 was available in two configurations.  The low-end configuration had a 17” LCD, ran at 1.9Ghz, had a 160Gb hard drive and a SuperDrive.  The high-end configuration had a 20” LCD, ran at 2.1Ghz, had a 250Gb hard drive and a SuperDrive.  Both models were the first Mac computer to have a camera, the iSight, integrated in the design.


The iMac G5 (17” iSight) was a speed bump on the original release of the iMac G5.  In addition to the new iSight camera, it had a remote control and included Front Row software that allowed the computer to be used as a media center.


Processor: PowerPC 970fx (G5)
Number of Cores: 1
Processor Speed: 1.9 GHz
Benchmarks: 1.9 GHz: 1124
Cache: 64 KB (instruction), 32 KB (data) L1, 512 KB backside (1:1) L2
System Bus: 633 MHz
Hard Drive: 160, 250 or 500 GB 7200-rpm
Media: Slot-loading 8x SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
Peripherals: Apple Remote, Apple Keyboard, Mighty Mouse
Colors: White
Weight and Dimensions (US): 15.5 lbs., 16.9” H x 16.8” W x 6.8” D
Weight and Dimensions (Metric): 7 kg, 43 cm H x 42.6 cm W x 17.3 cm D
Original Mac OS: Mac OS X 10.4.2 (8E102, 8E104)
Later Mac OS:—
Maximum Mac OS: Latest release of Mac OS X
Hardware Test: AHT (iMac G5/eMac) 2.5.3
Firmware: Open Firmware
Firmware Update: None
Logicboard RAM: 512 MB
Maximum RAM: 2.5 GB
Type of RAM Slots: 1 - 240-pin PC2-4200 (533MHz) DDR2 SDRAM
Minimum RAM Speed:—
Interleaving Support: No
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon X600 Pro
ATI Card Model:—
Graphics Connection: PCI Express
Graphics Memory: 128 MB DDR
Built-in Display: 17-inch LCD 250 cd/m 500:1 contrast ratio
Resolutions: 16:10 aspect ratio: 1440 x 900, 1152 x 720, 1024 x 640, 800 x 500 4:3 aspect ratio: 1024 x 768, 800 x 600, 640 x 480
Display Modes: Video mirroring only
Display Connection: 1 - Mini-VGA (Composite and S-video with adapter)
Video Camera: Built-in iSight
Expansion Slots: None
Hard Drive Bus: 1.5 Gbps Serial ATA (SATA)
Large Drive Support: Yes (128 GB or larger per drive)
Optical Drive Bus: Ultra ATA/133
Backup Battery: 3 V Lithium (922-6476)
Max Watts: 180 W
Line Voltage: 100-240V AC
AirPort: Built-in AirPort Extreme card (802.11b/g)
Bluetooth: Built-in Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR
Ethernet: 10/100/1000BASE-T (RJ-45)
Modem: Optional Apple USB Modem (MA034Z/A)
USB: 3 - 480 MBit/s
FireWire: 2 - 400 MBit/s (8W total power)
Audio In: 1 - 3.5-mm analog input jack, Built-in microphone (24-bit 96KHz sample rate)
Audio Out: 1 - 3.5-mm analog/optical combo jack, Built-in speakers


Introduced in October 2005, the iMac G5 (17” iSight) was discontinued in January 2006 to make way for new models.



  • This model, however, is “up to” half an inch thinner and 15% lighter than earlier iMac G5 models and uses a faster architecture and superior graphics. -Tire Works

    Tire Works had this to say on Aug 10, 2011 Posts: 12
  • The new iMac G5 is the better one and I hope they will launch quickly a new version of it. Asigurari de locuinta

    selena had this to say on Oct 27, 2011 Posts: 35
  • Alpina had this to say on Nov 14, 2011 Posts: 154
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