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Apple Announces New 1.25GHz Dual Processor Power Mac

1.25 GHz models selling for $3299 and $4999 to ship in 6-8 weeks By Charlie White
Apple today announced it will ship dual 1.25GHz Power Macs starting this October. The new machines will support faster PC2700 DDR SDRAM, with the lowest-priced dual 1.25GHz machine retailing for $3299, while the top-of-the-line unit will sell for $4999. The two dual 1.25GHz models will ship, according to Apple's Web site, "six to eight weeks from now." Apple also unveiled a line of lower-priced dual G4 boxes, shipping now, featuring dual PowerPC G4 processors in every model, starting at $1,699 (US). The lower-priced workstations feature dual 1 GHz and dual 867 MHz PowerPC G4 processors, support for up to 2GB of Double Data Rate (DDR), a new 167MHz system bus, an ATI Radeon 9000 Pro graphics card and an enhanced enclosure with increased storage up to nearly half a terabyte.

The new all dual processor Power Mac G4 line also ships with Apple's new Mac OS X version 10.2 "Jaguar" pre-installed, offering more than 150 new features and applications. Taking advantage of "Jaguar's" advanced UNIX-based architecture and symmetric multiprocessing capabilities, the Power Mac G4 line delivers over 18 gigaflops (18 billion floating point operations per second), and according to Apple, "runs professional applications like Adobe Photoshop up to 90 percent faster than a 2.53 GHz Pentium 4-based PC (based on commonly used operations in Adobe Photoshop 7.0)." These claims will be tested by Digital Media Net as soon as Apple provides a demo unit.



"You can now get a dual-processor G4 system with Xserve architecture and DDR memory, pre-loaded with 'Jaguar' for just $1,699," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "These are the fastest Macs ever, and 'Jaguar' really makes the dual processors sing."

In addition to the dual 1.25 GHz model, the new line also includes models with dual 1 GHz and dual 867 MHz processors; all with Velocity Engine and up to 2MB of DDR backside level 3 cache per processor to further boost performance. All models also 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 improved graphics capabilities. 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 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(TM) for burning DVDs and CDs.

"Jaguar" offers Power Mac G4 customers new features and applications including a new Mail application designed to eliminate junk mail, iChat AIM-compatible instant messenger, a system-wide Address Book, Inkwell handwriting recognition, QuickTime 6 with MPEG-4, improved Universal Access, an enhanced Finder, Sherlock 3 with Internet Services and Rendezvous, Apple's home networking technology.

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(R)
    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(TM), iPhoto(TM), iTunes(TM) 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.

    Pricing & Availability

    The Power Mac dual 867 MHz and dual 1 GHz processor models are available this week through the online Apple Store(R) (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.

    The Power Mac G4 is available in build-to-order configurations through The Apple Store (www.apple.com). Options include a second DVD-ROM/CD-RW Combo drive, up to 2GB of DDR SDRAM, up to .48 terabytes of ATA storage, up to 288GB Ultra160 SCSI storage, AirPort Base Station and AirPort Card, Harman Kardon iSub and SoundSticks, and Apple Pro Speakers. Standard 4.7GB DVD-R blank discs are available from The Apple Store (www. apple.com) in five-packs for a suggested retail price of $24.95 (US). For a list of compatible DVD players, visit www.apple.com/dvd/compatibility.

    Mac OS X v10.2 "Jaguar" will be publicly available August 24 for a suggested retail price of $129 (US).

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