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New 1 GHz Macintosh G4 Tower Unveiled

New line gets dual display support, Nvidia GeForce4 MX graphics By Dave Nagel
Apple has revamped its line of Macintosh G4 towers, including the release of the first 1 GHz model. The new top of the line G4 sports dual 1 GHz chips, while the mid-range and lower-end models fall in at 933 MHz and 800 MHz, respectively. All of the machines, according to Apple, are available now at retail stores and at the Apple Store.

The new dual 1 GHz G4 and the 933 MHz model are the first model to sport the brand new Nvidia GeForce4 MX graphics card. The GeForce4 MX includes 64 MB of DDR SDRAM and is able to generate 1.1 billion textured pixels per second. All of the new G4s support multiple displays. The 800 MHz model includes the ATI Radeon 7500. In addition, the dual 1 GHz and 933 MHz models include 2 MB of DDR backside level-3 cache.


The dual 1 GHz model sells for $2,999 and includes 256 KB onchip level-2 cache, 2 MB DDR backside level-3 cache per processor, 512 MB PC133 SDRAM, Nvidia GeForce4 MX in a 4x AGP slot, 80 GB Ultra ATA/66 drive and the SuperDrive combo drive.

The 933 MHz model, at $2,299, includes 256 KB onchip level-2 cache and 2 MB of DDR level-3 cache, 256 MB PC133 SDRAM, Nvidia GeForce4 MX card, 60 GB Ultra ATA/66 drive and the SuperDrive.

The 800 MHz model starts at $1,599 and includes 256 KB onchip level-2 cache, 256 MB PC133 SDRAM, ATI Radeon 7500 with 32 MB DDR SDRAM in a 4x AGP slot, a 40 GB Ultra ATA/66 hard drive and a CD-RW drive.

For more information, visit http://www.apple.com.


Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at dnagel@digitalmedianet.com.

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