Radeon AGP Missing at Apple Store?
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MacNN and an IMG reader have noted that the ATI Radeon AGP has disappeared from the Displays section of the Apple Store; it had previously vanished from the OEM options for Apple's revamped "Quicksilver" line of G4 Power Macintosh models. Currently you can only order an NVIDIA GeForce 2 MX, GeForce 2 MX Dual Display or GeForce 3 card as either a BTO or add-on option. ATI hardware is of course still standard in all iMacs, iBooks and Powerbook models.
This development is not as surprising as it seems; while conspiracy theorists will be quick to assume Apple has "dropped" ATI's cards from their lineup, there may be a much more mundane explanation. It has been known for some time that ATI is very eager to launch their own answer to the GeForce 3, and this next-generation chipset has been shown behind closed doors repeatedly in the past few weeks. ATI's Smartshader and Truform technologies were on display for the press at Macworld Expo last month, and several PC publications have reported sightings as well.
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While it would certainly be pure speculation to say that the disappearance of the Radeon from Apple's store heralds the arrival of new cards, the timing is certainly interesting. With several big PC and Mac expos taking place over the next month, it may be a very interesting time for Mac and PC gamers alike. Be sure to rush to our Hardware forums and post your own wish list for where Apple will go next in terms of graphics hardware.
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