iMac G5 (iSight) - Technical Specifications

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 iMac G5 (iSight) - Technical Specifications

Configurations 1.9GHz 17-inch iMac 2.1GHz 20-inch iMac
Model MA063LL/A MA064LL/A
Processor 1.9GHz PowerPC G5 2.1GHz PowerPC G5
L2 Cache 512K
Frontside bus 633MHz 700MHz
Memory 512MB of 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-4200), supports up to 2.5GB
Hard drive1 160GB Serial ATA1; 7200 rpm 250GB Serial ATA1; 7200 rpm
Optical drive Slot-loading 8x SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
Display 17-inch (viewable) widescreen TFT active-matrix LCD, 1440 x 900 pixels, millions of colors 20-inch (viewable) widescreen TFT active-matrix LCD, 1680 x 1050 pixels, millions of colors
Video camera Built-in iSight
Graphics ATI Radeon X600 Pro with 128MB DDR SDRAM; PCI-Express ATI Radeon X600 XT with 128MB DDR SDRAM; PCI-Express
Ports Two FireWire 400 ports; three USB 2.0 ports, two USB 1.1 ports (on keyboard); VGA output(2); S-video and composite video output(2)
Audio Built-in stereo speakers, built-in microphone, headphone/optical digital audio output, audio line in
Networking Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit)
Wireless Built-in 54 Mbps AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi (802.11g)3; built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) module.
Hardware accessories Apple Remote, Apple Keyboard, Mighty Mouse
System software Mac OS X version 10.4 Tiger
Software Front Row, iLife ’05 (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, GarageBand), Photo Booth, Mail, Dashboard, Spotlight, iChat, Safari, Sherlock, QuickTime, iSync, iCal, DVD Player, Address Book, AppleWorks, iWork (30-day trial), Classic environment, Quicken 2006 for Mac, 2006 World Book, Nanosaur 2, Marble Blast Gold, Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Test Drive, Zinio Reader, XCode Developer Tools and Apple Hardware Test
Limited warranty and service Your iMac G5 comes with 90 days of free telephone support and a one-year limited warranty. Purchase the AppleCare Protection Plan to extend your service and support to three full years. Only the AppleCare Protection Plan provides you with direct telephone support from Apple technical experts and the assurance that repairs will be handled by Apple-certified technicians using genuine Apple parts. For more information, visit Apple support or call 800-823-2775.
Build-to-Order Options Order a custom-configured computer from the online Apple Store or an authorized Apple reseller.
Memory 512MB, 1GB, 1.5GB or 2.5GB PC2-4200 (533MHz) DDR2 SDRAM
Hard Drive (2) 250GB or 500GB Serial ATA; 7200 rpm
  • AirPort Express Featuring AirTunes M9470LL/A
  • AirPort Extreme Base Station (with modem and antenna port) M8799LL/A
  • Apple Wireless Keyboard M9270LL/A
  • Apple Wireless Mouse M9269Z/A
Cables and adapters
  • Apple VGA Display Adapter M8639G/A
  • Apple Video Adapter M9109G/A
  • Apple FireWire Cable (4-pin to 6-pin) M8706G/A
  • Apple 8x DVD-R Media Kit M9472G/A
  • Apple iPod
  • Apple USB Modem MA034Z/A
  • AppleCare Protection Plan M8851LL/A
  • .Mac Subscription: 
    Retail Box MA175Z/A 
    Family Pack MA176Z/A

Technical Specifications

Processor and memory

  • 1.9GHz or 2.1GHz PowerPC G5 processor with Velocity Engine
  • 512K on-chip level 2 cache at full processor speed
  • 633MHz or 700MHz frontside bus
  • 512MB of PC2-4200 (533MHz) DDR2 SDRAM expandable to 2.5GB; one memory slot


  • 160 or 250GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA hard disk drive
  • 8x SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) installed; writes DVD+R DL discs at up to 2.4x speed, writes DVD-R and DVD+R discs at up to 8x speed, writes DVD-RW and DVD+RW discs at up to 4x speed, reads DVDs at up to 8x speed, writes CD-R discs at up to 24x speed, writes CD-RW discs at up to 8x speed, reads CDs at up to 24x speed


  • Built-in 54-Mbps AirPort Extreme Card (802.11g standard; Wi-Fi Certified for 802.11g and 802.11b interoperability)3
  • Built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) module
  • Built-in 10/100/1000 Gigabit BASE-T Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)
  • Works with 56K V.92 modem (RJ-11 connector) Apple USB Modem

Peripheral connections

  • Two FireWire 400 ports; 8 watts shared
  • Total of five USB ports: three USB 2.0 ports (up to 480 Mbps) on computer, two USB 1.1 ports on keyboard


  • Built-in 17-inch (viewable) widescreen or 20-inch (viewable) widescreen TFT active-matrix liquid crystal display
  • Millions of colors at all resolutions
  • Typical viewing angle:
    • 17-inch model
      • 140° horizontal
      • 120° vertical
    • 20-inch model
      • 170° horizontal
      • 170° vertical
  • Typical brightness: 250 cd/m (17-inch model); 280 cd/m (20-inch model)
  • Typical contrast ratio: 500:1 (17-inch model); 800:1 (20-inch model)

Graphics support

  • ATI Radeon X600 Pro (17-inch model) or XT (20-inch model) graphics processor using PCI-Express
  • 128MB of dedicated Double Data Rate (DDR) video memory
  • 17-inch display resolutions:
    • 16:10 aspect ratio
      • 1440 x 900 pixels (native)
      • 1152 x 720
      • 1024 x 640
      • 800 x 500
    • 4:3 aspect ratio
      • 1024 x 768 pixels
      • 800 x 600
      • 640 x 480
  • 20-inch display resolutions:
    • 16:10 aspect ratio
      • 1680 x 1050 pixels (native)
      • 1344 x 840
      • 1280 x 800
      • 1024 x 640
      • 840 x 524
      • 800 x 500
    • 4:3 aspect ratio
      • 1024 x 768 pixels
      • 800 x 600
      • 640 x 480


  • Built-in iSight camera
  • VGA output port for video mirroring on external display or projector2
  • S-video and composite video output to connect directly to a TV or projector2


  • Built-in stereo speakers
  • Internal 12-watt digital amplifier
  • Headphone/optical digital audio output
  • Audio line input
  • Built-in microphone

Electrical and environmental requirements

  • Meets ENERGY STAR requirements
  • Line voltage: 100-240V AC
  • Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz, single phase
  • Maximum continuous power: 180W
  • Operating temperature: 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)
  • Storage temperature: -40° to 185° F (-40° to 85° C)
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
  • Maximum altitude: 10,000 feet

Size and weight (17-inch)

  • Height: 16.9 inches (43.0 cm)
  • Width: 16.8 inches (42.6 cm)
  • Depth: 6.8 inches (17.3 cm)
  • Weight: 15.5 pounds (7 kg)4

Size and weight (20-inch)

  • Height: 18.6 inches (47.2 cm)
  • Width: 19.4 inches (49.3 cm)
  • Depth: 7.4 inches (18.9 cm)
  • Weight: 22 pounds (10 kg)4
  1. 1GB = 1 billion bytes; actual formatted capacity less.
  2. Requires adapter, sold separately.
  3. Wireless Internet access requires AirPort Express or AirPort Extreme Base Station and Internet access (fees may apply). Some ISPs are not currently compatible with AirPort.
  4. Weight varies by configuration and manufacturing process.
  • Internet access requires a compatible Internet service provider; fees may apply.
  • Product contains electronic documentation.
  • Backup copy of software is included.

Published Date: Apr 6, 2016