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MACWORLD: the G4 multiprocessor

MACWORLD: the G4 multiprocessor

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With the introduction of multi-processor G4s, Apple takes a further leap forward in offering products to its professional users, those for whom machine power is never enough. In the following table we see the technical characteristics of the multiprocessors:

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processor
2 × 450 Mhz
2 × 500 Mhz
ram
128 Mb
256 Mb
hard disk
30 Gb Ultra Ata / 66
40 Gb Ultra Ata / 66
DVD
ROM
RAM
Ethernet
10/100/1000 MBit
10/100/1000 MBit
Video
ATI RAGE 128 Pro AGP 2X with 16MB SDRAM video
ATI RAGE 128 Pro AGP 2X with 16MB SDRAM video

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2x1Mb
2x1Mb
price
2,499 USD
3,499 USD

Surely those who take advantage of this type of architecture (fully supported by OsX) will be those who use applications optimized for an MP architecture, then Photoshop users in the first place, but also those who work with 3D packages and rendering, Cinema 4D for example. For all of them, computing power is the first parameter in judging the purchase of a machine as convenient and certainly the new MPs are a particularly effective answer. Since the support of several processors will be native to OsX, everything suggests that this architecture will be maintained over time, with the consequence that progressively other applications will also begin to be more efficient; in any case, only the operating system able to take full advantage of the new architecture will be the reason for increasing the overall performance of the machines and the execution of applications that are not even optimized. Returning to the hardware, we have not yet been able to find out whether the new machines will all fit a Zip reader or not, from the present prototypes it would seem so, but we wait for official confirmations. Still a surprise on the connectivity front: 1GBit ethernet. Such a power redundancy left us initially perplexed, the costs to implement even a few branches of 1GBit ethernet network are still very high and few could find it convenient to use this technology, on the other hand the reflection to be made that these machines are destined to perform network server tasks, even for complex services, finding a 1 Gbit card already on board will certainly not displease.In conclusion, if your work takes full advantage of Mac's computing capabilities, these are your machines: powerful, expandable , fast, with excellent connectivity, you just have to wait for them to actually arrive at the stores.

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