Apple has unveiled an all-new Power Mac G4 line-up –featuring dual-PowerPC G4 processors in every model, starting at just £1,349. With dual-1.25GHz, dual-1GHz and dual-867MHz G4 processors, the new professional desktops feature Xserve high-performance architecture with support for up to 2GB of Double Data Rate (DDR) RAM at up to 333MHz, the industry’s first ATI Radeon 9000 Pro graphics card and an enhanced enclosure with increased storage up to nearly half a terabyte. The top two models feature a faster 167MHz system bus; the entry-level dual-867MHz G4 sticks with the 133MHz system bus.

Apple claims that the Power Macs take advantage of 10.2’s advanced Unix-based architecture and symmetric multiprocessing capabilities to delivers over 18 gigaflops (18 billion floating point operations per second). The company also claims that the top-end model will run Adobe Photoshop 7.0 up to 90 per cent faster than a 2.53 GHz Pentium 4-based PC.

Singing Macs “You can now get a dual-processor G4 system with Xserve architecture and DDR memory, pre-loaded with ‘Jaguar’ for just £1,349,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “These are the fastest Macs ever, and ‘Jaguar’ really makes the dual processors sing.”

Bruce Chizen, president and CEO of Adobe, added, “These new Power Macs run Adobe Photoshop faster than any PC we’ve seen.”

RAM monsters Each model can be equipped with up to 2GB of advanced 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 new Power Macs ships with the latest version of Apple’s new Mac OS X version 10.2 (code-named “Jaguar”) pre-installed. (Mac OS X v10.2 will be publicly available August 24 for a suggested retail price of £99.)

Light years ahead Apple claims that this combination of powerful graphic cards and 10.2’s “groundbreaking” Quartz Extreme compositor, provides customers with “advanced workstation graphics capabilities that are light years ahead of any other platform”.

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’s enclosure includes 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.

Pricing & Availability The Power Mac dual-867MHz and dual-1GHz processor models are available this week through the online Apple Store and through Apple Authorized Resellers. The dual-1.25GHz processor Power Mac G4 is expected to be available in the second half of September.

Entry-level Power Mac G4 Dual-867MHz Power Mac G4
£1,349 (including VAT)
256K on-chip level 2 cache, and 1MB of DDR SRAM backside level-3 cache per processor.
256MB of DDR SDRAM.
133MHz system bus.
NVidia GeForce4 MX with 32MB DDR SDRAM in 4x AGP slot.
60GB Ultra ATA/100 7200 rpm hard disk drive.
Combo DVD-ROM/CR-RW optical drive.

Mid-range Power Mac G4 Dual-1GHz Power Mac G4
£1,999
256K on-chip level 2 cache and 1MB of DDR SRAM backside level 3-cache per processor.
256MB of DDR DRAM memory.
167MHz system bus.
ATI Radeon 9000 Pro graphics card with 64MB DDR SDRAM in 4x AGP slot.
80GB Ultra ATA/100 7200 rpm hard disk drive.
SuperDrive DVD-R/CD-RW optical drive.

High-end Power Mac G4 The dual-1.25GHz Power Mac G4
£2,699
256K on-chip level 2 cache and 2MB of DDR SRAM backside level 3-cache per processor.
512MB of DDR SDRAM memory.
167MHz system bus.
ATI Radeon 9000 Pro graphics card with 64MB DDR SDRAM in 4x AGP slot.
120GB Ultra ATA/100 7200 rpm hard disk drive.
SuperDrive DVD-R/CD-RW optical drive.