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Early this morning, Apple's website was updated with faster PowerMac G4s, cheaper flat panel iMacs, and a new eMac model, all of which will ship with Mac OS X 10.2, or Jaguar.

Sporting an updated case and enhanced system architecture, the new PowerMac G4 is a big step up from it's predecessor. Mac gamers will be pleased to know that dual processors span the entire lineup, perfect for gaming in Mac OS X. The fastest model tops out with two 1.25 Ghz G4s, each with 2 MB of DDR L3 cache. All three models utilize fast double data rate (DDR) memory and 167 MHz system bus, while to two high end towers come standard with ATI's Radeon 9000 Pro. The new PowerMacs support up to 2 GB of DDR SDRAM and four internal ATA devices (two ATA-100, two ATA-66).

The external appearance of the PowerMac has also been updated. The speaker has now been moved to the top and two full size (5.25") drive bays are mounted under it. Additionally, what appears to be four cooling vents line the bottom of the case. The rear of the new case has a slew of holes, most likely to improve airflow. Also, the PCI slots have been moved to the top. Below are the complete specifications:

$1699
Dual 867MHz PowerPC G4
256K L2 cache
& 1MB L3 cache/processor
133MHz System Bus
256MB PC2100 DDR SDRAM
60GB Ultra ATA drive
Combo drive (DVD/CD-RW)
NVIDIA GeForce4 MX
56K internal modem

$2499
Dual 1GHz PowerPC G4
256K L2 cache
& 1MB L3 cache/processor
167MHz System Bus
256MB PC2700 DDR SDRAM
80GB Ultra ATA drive
SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW)
ATI Radeon 9000 Pro
56K internal modem

$3299
Dual 1.25GHz PowerPC G4
256K L2 cache
& 2MB L3 cache/processor
167MHz System Bus
512MB PC2700 DDR SDRAM
120GB Ultra ATA drive
SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW)
ATI Radeon 9000 Pro
56K internal modem

Apple's even focusing a bit on games, as the updated PowerMac pages show a few Quake III: Arena benchmarks. At 1024x768 with 32-bit color, the high-end 1.25GHz tower hits 169FPS with the GeForce4 Ti and 145 with the Radeon 9000, while the Dual 1GHz is clocked only with the Radeon 9000 at 128FPS.

The two low end flat panel iMacs have also been reduced in price, while the eMac received a noticeable upgrade. A $1499 model now sports an 800 MHz G4 processor, 256 MB of RAM, 60 GB hard disk, and a SuperDrive.

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