Apple Ships High-End G4 with SuperDrive
New 733 MHz model sports four 64-bit PCI slots
Apple today announced that it's shipping the 733 MHz G4 with the Pioneer
SuperDrive, several weeks earlier than expected. Apple announced the model
last month at the Macworld conference in San Francisco. The SuperDrive
is a combination CD-RW and DVD-R, which means it can read and write CDs
and DVDs. DVDs created with the SuperDrive can be played on consumer DVD
The new G4 has a 733 MHz processor with 256 KB level-2 onchip cache and
1MB level 3 backside cache; 256MB of PC133 SDRAM memory; 60GB Ultra ATA/100
hard disk drive; an AGP 4x slot; NVIDIA GeForce2 MX with 32MB video SDRAM;
CD-RW/DVD-R SuperDrive; two FireWire and USB ports; four full-length 64-bit
PCI slots at 33 MHz and 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet. It also includes a
built-in 56 Kbps modem and is AirPort ready.
The machine also ships with iDVD, Apple's DVD authoring system that encodes
video and audio for DVD playback and includes tools for building interactive
menus. The program uses the new architecture of the G4's Velocity engine
to encode DVDs through software at two times realtime, significantly faster
than standard software encoding. The encoding does not include variable
bit rate but instead uses a high-quality constant bit rate that speeds
up encoding but also limits the amount of data that can be placed on a
DVD to about an hour.
The new model is available now for $3,499. A fivepack of 4.7 GB DVD media
is also available for $49.95. For more information, visit http://www.apple.com.
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