GVS9000 vs. Apple

GVS9000 G5 vs. Apple PowerMac G5 workstation with Xserve RAID

Configuration Summary

Quad-Core 2.5GHz PowerPC G5
• 16GB of 533MHz DD2 SDRAM PC2-4200
• 2x500GB Serial ATA - 7200rpm
• NVIDIA Quadro 4500 512MB GDDR3 SDRAM
• 16x SuperDrive DL
• Keyboard & Mouse
• Mac OS X - U.S. English
• 2,000GB RAID (4x500GB SATA)
• Fibre Channel PCI Express Card
• Accessory kit

PowerPC G5 + Xserve Raid
Dual PowerPC G5 Processor Speed Quad-core 2.5Ghz Quad-core 2.5Ghz
Above Configuration Cost Per CPU$18,495.00 $24,922.00w/o Rack for G5
Cost of additional SATA/7200 RPM drives $245.00(250GB) $499.00(250GB ATA)
Cost of additional SATA/7200 RPM drives $445.00(500GB)
Cost per 250GB/500GB$0.98/$1.11 $2.00/N/A
Total rack space for 10 CPU/20 Processor (U=1.75") 42U 72U
Total Power Consumption up to dual 650 W single 630W + Dual 400W
Highest Processor Speed Quad-core 2.5GHz Quad-core 2.5GHz
Number of Processor Support 4 4
Total L2 cache 4000K 4000K
DDR2 ECC SDRAM- 8x2GB main memory 16GB DDR2 16GB DDR2
Dual Redundant Power Supply for workstation (Optional) Yes No
Number of rack space require 4.2U total 15U total
Rack rail for workstation and storage Yes No
Of the shelf drive support Yes No for XRAID
Max IDE drive size available 500GB 500GB
Max internal SATA Storage capacity 9TB 8TB with XRAID
Max internal SCSI320 Storage capacity 1.8TB No*
Max internal 4GB Fiber drive suport Yes No
Max internal SATAII hot-swap drive bay 16 14
Max internal SAS drive suport 16 None
Max internal SATAII to 4GB Fiber interface 16 None
Pre configured with GVSan software Yes No
Bluetooth technology Yes Yes
Available PCI-e Slot 3** 3
16X PCI-e Slot Yes Yes
Hot-Swap drive bay option Yes Yes with XRAID
SCSI320 Hot-swap drive bay Yes No
2Gb Fibre drive bay Yes No
Customer install Drive Yes No
Removable Air filter System for CPU Yes No
Temperature Alarm system for CPU Yes No
16x Super Drive Support Yes Yes
Dual CD/DVD-R option Yes No
NVIDIA Quadro 4500 512MB GDDR3 SDRAM Yes Yes
Dual 16xCD/DVD-R Internal Yes No
Airporter Yes Yes
4 or 6 Gigabit Ports on a single PCI slot Yes No
On-board DB9 SONY for VTR SD or HD control Yes No
Memory Type 533 DDR2 ECC SDRAM 533 DDR2 ECC SDRAM
Headless Boot Yes No
Field Replacement for power supply in less than 10 minutes Yes No
Over 20 Processor in 42 U Rack Space Yes No
Front Locking System for DVD/RW and USB access Yes No
Software Pre Installed and test for drive I/O Yes No
Having I/O for edit Final Cut HD 10bit 4:2:2 1080/p Yes No
Having I/O for edit Final Cut HD 10bit 4:4:4 1080/p Yes No
4xfront access to Firewire and USB connector Yes No
Up to 3xCD-ROM/CD-RW/DVD-R Unit Yes No
6 and more Internal SATA Drive Support Yes No
6 and more Internal SCSI320 Drive Support Yes No
6 and more Internal 2GB FIBRE Drive Support Yes No
16 Hot-swap SATA Drive Support Yes No
4xPCI-e slots: 16x, 4x, 8x, and 4x PCI-3 Yes Yes
Full Size 16x PCI-e Slot Support Yes Yes
Remote monitoring and management tools Yes Yes
Low profile liquid cooling option for 2U system Yes No
Additional Cooling for better and longer life of your system Yes No
Onboard disk controller SATA SATA
15,000RPM SAS drive support Yes No
DB-9 serial port Yes No
Hardware RAID Yes Yes
RAID0, 1 and 5 support Yes Yes
Alternative drive support for shock and vibration Yes No
Dedicated Support team for 24/7 Yes No
Optional Linux OS Pre Install and Configured Yes No
HFS Support with Xsan volume Yes No
Cost of 2nd SAN software $0 $999

Total score base on options offered for each product (The higher is better)

45 Yes
10 Yes


GVS9000 G5 PowerPC G5 System is designed for:

  • Individuals and/or companies that require a large number of rack mounted computer systems.
  • Ideal for Aerospace, Audio/Video 2K & HD editing, Biotechnology, Communications, Defense, Education, Manufacturing, Medical Imaging, Mobile equipment, Oil & Gas, Pharmaceutical, TV Station, and Visualization
  • Complete VTR with SONY RS422 control with data sharing using GVSan Software for OS X over Fibre.
  • Limited desk space.
  • Internal Dual CD/RW or Super Drive DVD/RW support
  • Quiet work environment with over 3TB disk space.
  • Secure production area in a single rack mount system.
  • Centralized rack system for all production workstations, RAID storage, Backup, Networking, RMU and UPS.
  • GVS9000 G5 can be designed for centralized collaboration where users have only the keyboard, mouse and peripheral devices such as CD/RW attached via USB Port to the key board, and all the other hardware is in a secure or centralized production area.
  • Product specifications are subject to change without notice.
  • GVS is not responsible for typographic errors.

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