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Graphics cards: Apple's new hit

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The most important novelty in the new G4, with the processors, are certainly the 3D acceleration cards. In fact, Apple has hit the mark once again by presenting chips of absolute importance but above all of the absolute novelties. In particular, the inclusion in the mid-range and high-end models of the GeForce4 processors, products imagined and expected with great anxiety by the PCLe world GeForce4, codenamed NV-25, are new generation and new generation processors that you have been able to read often on Macity pages in the past weeks. Its specifications are not yet known; Nvidia plans to release them with a press conference on February 5 in San Francisco. For now we only know what the sites dedicated to the indiscretions that describe it as extremely powerful, much more powerful than the GeForce3 released only in February 2001 and never arrived as a standard chip on the Mac but only as an additional card. version present on Mac the MX of which, always according to the sites dedicated to rumors, Nvidia will produce two specimens: the MX460 and the MX440. Both use DDR SDRAM memories with 64 MB of capacity and support AGP 8X. The clock speed of 300 MHz and 275 MHz respectively; that of the Ram of 275 and 200 MHz. The GeForce4, of which a version is already used by the X-BOX, have among their most important features an increased number of data assembly pipelines that go from 4 (in GeForce3) to 6. The Mac version supports ADC and VGA connectors with digital and analog resolutions up to 1920 × 1200 pixels.

The reappearance of an ATI on an Apple desktop is also interesting. This is the Radeon 7500, a processor that was born on the basis of the Radeon but that improves, according to the same ATI, by 60% the performance. In the Mac version it will have 32 MB and support ADC and VGA connectors with digital resolutions up to 1920 × 1200 pixels and analog resolutions up to 2048 × 1536 pixels. Note that the ATI chips had been "eradicated" from all the Apple desktop line with the appearance of the new LCD iMacs that now feature Nvidia processors. They reappear on the PowerMacs from which they had disappeared with the announcement of last January 2001.

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