MWSF: Nvidia Claims Desktop Domination (Updated)
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In an announcement intended to take the wind out of ATI's sails just as they announce the Radeon 8500 for Mac OS, graphics chipset maker Nvidia has claimed that GeForce graphics processing units are now the standard hardware included in Apple's line of desktop machines.
Update: While the inclusion of the GeForce2 MX chipset in Apple's radical revision of the iMac line brings Nvidia closer to a full sweep of Apple's desktop lineup, a quick check of the Apple Store reveals that the ATI Rage 128 Ultra persists in last summer's iMacs, two models of which Apple continues to sell for under $1,000. ATI chips also ship with all of Apple's portable machines.
No one can be certain how long the current situation will last, as ATI's next-generation cards are still in progress, and the Power Mac G4 line failed to get its usual revision or speed bump at this Expo. All eyes will be on Macworld Expo Tokyo in March.
Here's Nvidia's press release:
NVIDIA Corporation today announced that with Apple's introduction of the new iMac with GeForce2 MX, NVIDIA graphics are now standard across all Macintosh desktop platforms. The performance and quality of NVIDIA's graphics combined with Apple's revolutionary ergonomic iMac design provides consumers with an affordable, high-performance desktop for today's exciting digital solutions.IMG will be speaking with Nvidia at the Expo, and we'll bring you more details as they come in.
"In one short year NVIDIA has become the top-to-bottom provider of GPUs for the Macintosh desktop platform," said Jeff Fisher, vice president of worldwide sales at NVIDIA. "The pairing of Apple's new iMac with NVIDIA's award-winning graphics technology guarantees consumers an unparalleled computing experience."
"The new iMac will redefine what consumers can expect from their computing experience," said Philip Schiller, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "The new iMac's revolutionary design combines the power of Mac OS X and PowerPC G4 processors with incredible GeForce2 MX graphics for an exciting 3D experience."
Combining NVIDIA's award winning GeForce franchise with the new iMacs make for a uniquely powerful multimedia platform. The GeForce2 MX delivers razor-sharp, crystal-clear 2D graphics and 3D graphics in full 32-bit color and also offers advanced 3D performance by delivering over 25 million sustained triangles per second and 800 million texels per second.
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