• Apple releases new line of Power Mac G4's
    Leonard Teo, Tuesday 13 August 2002
      

    Apple has released an all new Power Mac G4 line featuring dual PowerPC G4 processors in every model, starting at US$1,699. The new configurations sold have the dual 1.25GHz, dual 1GHz or dual 867MHz PowerPC G4 processors, up to 2GB DDR RAM and sports the ATI Radeon 9000 Pro graphics card. The new line also ships with Mac OS X version 10.2 “Jaguar” pre-installed.

    All models include next generation graphics technologies from NVIDIA and ATI, including the new ATI Radeon 9000 Pro with 64MB of DDR SDRAM, with a quad-pipe 3D engine and Smartshader technology for cinematic effects and realism. The combination of powerful graphic cards and “Jaguar’s” Quartz Extreme compositor, provides customers with advanced workstation graphics capabilities that Apple claims, "are light years ahead of any other platform".

    In addition, all Power Mac G4 models now include one ADC and one DVI port allowing users to drive two Apple flat-panel displays simultaneously.

    The new Power Mac G4 line offers enhancements to its award-winning easy-access enclosure including four internal drive bays, each capable of hosting up to a 120GB ATA/100 drive, for a total of nearly a half a terabyte of internal storage; and two optical drive bays which can each hold a CD-RW, Combo or SuperDrive for burning DVDs and CDs.

    The three-model Power Mac G4 line features:

    • a dual 867 MHz or a dual 1 GHz PowerPC G4 processor with Velocity Engine and 1MB backside L3 cache, and dual 1.25 GHz PowerPC G4 processor with Velocity Engine and 2MB of backside L3 cache;
    • ATI Radeon 9000 Pro with 64MB DDR SDRAM or NVIDIA GeForce4 MX with 32MB DDR SDRAM graphics and dual display support in all models;
    • support for 256 or 512MB of 266 MHz or 333 MHz DDR SDRAM, with support for up to 2GB;
    • four 3.5-inch hard disk drive expansion bays with either a 60GB, 80GB or 120GB Ultra ATA/100 hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
    • two external expansion drive bays, including support for a SuperDrive DVD-R/CD-RW and/or Combo DVD-ROM/CD-RW optical drive;
    • five slots, including four open high-performance 64 bit 33 MHz PCI slots and an 4x AGP slot for graphics;
    • two 400-Mbps FireWire ports and four 12-Mbps USB ports;
    • 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet built-in on the motherboard and AirPort 802.11 wireless network ready;
    • a collection of productivity and professional software titles including Lemke Software Graphic Converter, Omni Group’s OmniGraffle and OmniOutliner, Caffeine Software PixelNhance, and Ambrosia Software Snapz Pro X; in addition to Apple’s suite of Digital Lifestyle applications including iMovie, iPhoto, iTunes and iDVD (requires SuperDrive); and
    • Mac OS X version 10.2 “Jaguar,” Apple’s next-generation operating system as the startup operating system, as well as Mac OS 9.2.2.
     

    The Power Mac dual 867 MHz and dual 1 GHz processor models are available this week through the online Apple Store (www.apple.com), at Apple Retail Stores and through Apple Authorized Resellers. The dual 1.25 GHz processor Power Mac G4 is expected to be available in the second half of September.

    The dual 867 MHz Power Mac G4, for a suggested retail price of $1,699 (US), includes:

    • 256K on-chip level 2 cache and 1MB of DDR SRAM backside level 3 cache per processor;
    • 256MB of DDR SDRAM;
    • NVIDIA GeForce4 MX with 32MB DDR SDRAM in 4x AGP slot;
    • 60GB Ultra ATA/100 7200 rpm hard disk drive; and
    • Combo DVD-ROM/CR-RW optical drive.

    The dual 1 GHz Power Mac G4, for a suggested retail price of $2,499 (US), includes:

    • 256K on-chip level 2 cache and 1MB of DDR SRAM backside level 3 cache per processor;
    • 256MB of DDR DRAM memory;
    • ATI Radeon 9000 Pro graphics card with 64MB DDR SDRAM in 4x AGP slot;
    • 80GB Ultra ATA/100 7200 rpm hard disk drive; and
    • SuperDrive DVD-R/CD-RW optical drive.

    The dual 1.25 GHz Power Mac G4, for a suggested retail price of $3,299 (US), includes:

    • 256K on-chip level 2 cache and 2MB of DDR SRAM backside level 3 cache per processor;
    • 512MB of DDR SDRAM memory;
    • ATI Radeon 9000 Pro graphics card with 64MB DDR SDRAM in 4x AGP slot;
    • 120GB Ultra ATA/100 7200 rpm hard disk drive; and
    • SuperDrive DVD-R/CD-RW optical drive.

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