Gaming News from Paris Expo
9:27 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story
Steve Jobs' Keynote at the Apple Expo in France brought a few changes to the product lineup which might interest the gamer at heart. The iBooks line received a speed bump which will improve game performance, but the truly significant improvement was the addition of the ATI RAGE Mobility 128 graphics chipset. This 8MB video card (the same that ships with the Pro PowerBook) will run 2D and 3D applications significantly faster than the previous iBooks could. No word yet as to if the lime color will affect your game performance...
ATI's next-generation card, the Radeon, has also finally appeared after much holding of breath. After the Macworld expo fiasco, it's good to see the cards will officially ship in new PowerMac G4 and Cube machines. On Apple's BTO page, the Radeon is only $100 more than the Rage 128, and well worth it to any gamer looking for great 3D. The Radeon AGP should be available for retail purchase later this month for around $250. A PCI version should follow this Fall, and will be compatible all the way down Apple's PCI product line.
The public beta for OS X is now available, though it must be bought from the Apple Store for $30. There is no actual information yet on how games will perform under the new system, and which titles might not work at all. id Software will presumably release the OS X version of Quake 3: Arena soon, and other games should run in the Classic OS 9 environment. You can be sure IMG will be bringing you extensive updates on which games work well with the OS X beta.
In other news, 3dfx has announced an AGP version of their Voodoo5 5500 card for Mac. There aren't any major differences between this and the previously-released PCI version, besides the addition of support for 2x AGP. Here's a clip from the press release:
Voodoo5 5500 AGP for Macintosh exploits the power of two VSA-100 graphics processing chips running in parallel by coupling them in a Scan Line Interleave (SLI(TM)) mode configuration and performing 3D acceleration from both chips simultaneously. The result is a doubling of overall 3D performance. Voodoo5 5500 also features the company's proprietary T-Buffer(TM) digital cinematic effects engine as well as 64mb of video memory to facilitate rapid loading of textures and high resolution gaming. The 350 MHz RAMDAC supports resolutions of up to 2048x1536. In addition, it features full support for every major Macintosh API and outstanding QuickDraw(R) acceleration. No specific date for the card's release is noted. Much more news on specific games is coming from our reporters attending the Expo, so stay tuned!
Apple Expo 2000 Web Site
Demand for the Voodoo5 5500 AGP for Macintosh is expected to be high. A pre-order program is planned to begin in the very near future.
Apple Radeon PR
Apple's iBook Web Site
3dfx Voodoo5 5500 AGP PR
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