Apple speeds up Power Mac G4s, ships new iMacs

Apple speeds up Power Mac G4s, ships new iMacs

Apple Computer has added three Power Mac G4 systems to its product line-up and has said its new flat-panel iMac is a hit, claiming 150,000 pre-orders.

The first Mac to break the 1GHz barrier, the new top performer in the Power Mac G4 family sports dual 1GHz Power Mac G4 processors with 256KB of level 2 cache and 2MB of DDR (double data rate) SDRAM (synchronous dynamic RAM) L3 cache per processor, Apple said. The top system, priced at $US2999, also boasts a new Nvidia GeForce4 MX graphics card with 64MB of DDR SDRAM.

Second in line is a 933MHz Power Mac G4 that also comes with 256KB of level 2 cache, 2MB of DDR SDRAM L3 cache and the new Nvidia graphics card, priced at $2299. Apple is also offering a $1599 800MHz Power Mac G4 with 256KB of level 2 cache and an ATI Technologies Radeon 7500 graphics card with 32MB of DDR SDRAM.

The dual 1GHz and the 933MHz Power Mac G4s both come with Apple's SuperDrive for CD and DVD (digital versatile disc) burning, while the cheaper 800MHz system comes with CD-RW only. For RAM and hard disk space, the systems offer 512MB and 80GB; 256MB and 60GB; and 256MB and 40GB, respectively, Apple said.

Apple users were expecting more powerful Power Mac G4s after Apple announced the first of the new iMac computers would ship with an 800MHz G4 processor. On Monday, Apple started to ship the $1799 iMac, the most expensive one of three unveiled at the Macworld Expo earlier this month. The new iMac line, meanwhile, is setting records with 150,000 units pre-ordered, Apple said.

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