Apple Debuts 1 GHz G4, GeForce4 MX
8:29 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story
With remarkably little fanfare, Apple today released new Power Mac G4s and is the first computer maker to announce the inclusion of nVidia GeForce4 MX graphics cards. The towers now come in 800 MHz, 933 MHz, and Dual 1 GHz flavors, with prices at a very reasonable $1599, $2299, and $2999, respectively. The ATI Radeon 7500 graphics card is an option on any machine and is standard on the low-end configuration. This 800 MHz model also lacks the 2 MB L3 cache and any SuperDrive option. All machines feature a 133 MHz system bus, two USB ports (plus two on the keyboard), and two FireWire ports.
Details about the GeForce4 MX are sparse, though Apple does say this about the card:
The nVidia GeForce4 MX offers performance that is more on par with high-end visualization workstations. It features even more on-card fast DDR memory, 64 MB, to support larger textures for 3D objects in current and future games and professional applications. It also delivers up to 40% more 3D performance than the entry Power Mac configuration.Both the GeForce4 MX and the Radeon 7500 can drive two monitors at once, and to help you out, Apple is offering up to $500 off when you purchase an LCD display with your computer.
Apple is brave enough to tout actual Quake III benchmarks on their graphics page for the new Power Macs. At the highest settings, 1024x768 resolution and 32-bit color, they compare their new lineup:
Showing how far Apple's new lineup has come, the last machine was Apple's fastest configuration yesterday.
- Power Mac G4, Dual 1 GHz with GeForce4 MX: 115 fps
- Power Mac G4, 933 MHz with GeForce4 MX: 83 fps
- Power Mac G4, 800 MHz with Radeon 7500: 62 fps
- Power Mac G4, Dual 800 MHz with GeForce2 MX: 59 fps
No matter how you cut it, the speed bump and price drop are both great things for Mac gamers. As the system requirements for new games keep rising, it's good to know the Power Macs can keep up. This move also ensures the revamped iMac won't cannibalize sales of Apple's professional line. For much more information, see the Power Mac mini-site and the Apple Store.
What do Mac gamers think of the new Power Macs? A discussion on the new machines has already started in the IMG Forum. Be sure to share your opinions as well.
Update: The OEM Radeon 7500 available from Apple has the same specs as the retail Radeon 7500 in the PC market, but with 32 MB of DDR RAM instead of 64. Not to be confused with the retail Radeon 7000 Mac Edition, the 7500 is not available for the Mac at retail. For more information on the PC Radeon 7500, follow the link below.
Apple: Power Mac G4
ATI: Radeon 7500 (PC Edition)
IMG Forum: New Power Macs
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