MWSF: GeForce 2 MX Standard on New Macs
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This information is already presented in our coverage of the keynote, but we thought you might be interested in reading the official NVIDIA press release about the inclusion of the GeForce 2 MX chipset in Apple's just-announced revision of the PowerMac G4 line. This came as little surprise to the IMG staff, as we have known about this development for quite some time, but it is thrilling news nevertheless. Without further ado, here is NVIDIA's spin on the situation:
ANTA CLARA, CA - JANUARY 9, 2000 - NVIDIAŽ (Nasdaq - NVDA) CorporationFor more information, see our article on the keynote. Note that this choice may be a slightly controversial one, for gamers -- the GeForce 2 MX is actually a mid- to low-end card, and may be outperformed by the ATI Radeon in some respects; however the Radeon is still a BTO option at the Apple store, so no worries there. Stay tuned for more details.
NVIDIA GeForce 2 MX In-Depth
today announced its initial entry into the Macintosh market with its
GeForce2 MX graphics processing unit (GPU). NVIDIA's award-winning GeForce2
MX is included in Apple's new line of Power Mac G4 computers unveiled today.
The combination of blazingly fast graphics processing and powerful features,
such as sophisticated transform and lighting and the NVIDIA Shading
Rasterizer (NSR) for per-pixel shading capabilities, provides unprecedented
interactive realism to the Macintosh platform.
"NVIDIA and Apple have worked together to provide customers with the most
advanced visual computing and multimedia experience in the world," stated
Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO at NVIDIA. "NVIDIA's ultimate goal is to
be the leading GPU provider for all devices and we are delighted to now be
serving the Apple community."
"The new Power Mac G4 is a real powerhouse for our pro customers," said
Philip Schiller, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "The
combination of fast G4 processors, a new speedier system architecture, and
blazing NVIDIA GeForce2 graphics makes for the fastest
Macintosh ever made."
Based on the award-winning GeForce2 architecture, the GeForce2 MX GPU powers
razor-sharp, crystal-clear 2D graphics, even at extreme resolutions as high
as 2048 x 1536, in 32-bit color on a primary display screen. The GeForce2 MX
GPU also offers advanced 3D performance by delivering over 25 million
sustained triangles per second and 800 million texels per second.
The GeForce2 MX GPU is delivered on a graphics card that supports the new
AGP 4X slot in the Power Mac G4 line and includes a large 32MB SDRAM frame
buffer to store large textures in games or professional applications. The
card supports both the Apple Display Connector (ADC) for easy connection to
Apple's award winning line of monitors as well as the VGA connector for
GeForce2 MX graphics will come standard on models of Apple's new Power Mac
G4, which were introduced today.
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