Power Macintosh G4/733 Review Sneak Peek
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There is a rare breed of Mac gamers who need to push the envelope of their gaming experience. This means having the latest and greatest 3D software titles and pushing them to the edge of playability. Running a game in full 32-bit color, with the highest possible audio quality and using an insanely high monitor resolution is simply part of the fun. If you want to be that kind of gamer, you will need deep pockets in order to acquire the latest hardware. Why? Because your old 266 MHz Beige G3 equipped with a Voodoo3 card is simply not going to cut it.
At the moment, the bleeding edge of Apple hardware is the Power Macintosh G4/733. This machine ships with 256 megabytes of RAM, a 60 gigabyte hard disk drive, an NVIDIA GeForce2 MX AGP video card and the latest PowerPC 7450 microprocessor. Clearly, this machine is a powerhouse on the strength of these specifications alone. How well this hardware will perform when blasting through a Borg cube in Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force or slashing through the bowls of Hell in Rune remains to be seen.
Inside Mac Games is currently evaluating the G4/733 and will publish a comprehensive review in the near future. We are offering a sneak peek at this piece of monster hardware in the form of our first run of benchmarks taken with Quake 3: Arena.
When compared to the former single-processor champ, the G4/500 AGP, the new G4/733 has clearly upped the performance bar to the next level. These initial test results, while not earth-shattering, show that the new G4 adds significant power to the top-end professional Macintosh.
Apple Power Macintosh G4
When the final review is ready, you can expect a variety of new benchmark results (including performance numbers with an ATi Radeon AGP), an evaluation of the PowerMac’s enhanced audio system and much more.
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