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Friday, May 18, 2001
E3: MacCentral on Apple at the Expo
2:30 PM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

In an interesting last-minute change that may have been a response to complaints by Mac fans, Apple Computer greatly expanded their presence at E3 from the small, closed meeting room they had initially planned. MacCentral's Peter Cohen is doing his usual excellent job of covering the Expo, and he has produced a report with images detailing Apple's booth and the hardware on display. Apple is showing off their latest and greatest, including the first hands-on demo of NVIDIA's GeForce3 chipset running on Apple hardware. Here's an excerpt from his report:

In its booth, Apple has set up a dozen Power Mac G4's equipped with dual 533 MHz processors. The Macs have 512MB of RAM and a fresh batch of Apple-made GeForce 3 cards driving 15-inch Studio Displays. In an interesting concession to gamers, each Mac is equipped with multi-button USB mice manufactured by Logitech, rather than the more customary one-button/no-button Apple Pro Mouse.

Apple is using its presence at E3 this week to show off a new, never before seen build of Quake 3 Team Arena -- a beta build that hasn't yet been released for the PC, version 1.28. The software is operating on these Power Macs running Mac OS X 10.0.3. Sources report that Id Software's Graeme Devine had been burning the midnight oil to get this build ready for Apple to display at the show.

Running at 1024x768 resolution and 32-bit color depth, the Macs running Quake 3 Team Arena are regularly turning in rock-solid frame rates of 60 fps or above in enclosed areas, with all options turned on in the game except for marks on walls and eject brass. The game is even quite playable in the immense outdoor expanses of the game's Overdose level, a notorious frame killer.

While this is an impressive description, hardcore fans might be a bit perturbed at the frame rate numbers reported on the dual 533/GeForce 3 systems; after all, a single-chip G4/500 with a Radeon can average 55 fps with those settings. These are just rough numbers, however -- we'll let you know if concrete benchmarks (such as timedemo tests) become available. In any case it is gratifying to know that Apple is visible at the Expo, and that the Mac OS and OS X versions of Quake 3 rev128 and Q3A: Team Arena are just around the corner.

Apple at the Expo at MacCentral

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