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Old 20th September 2002
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Apple Ships Dual 1.25 GHz Power Mac G4

Apple Ships Dual 1.25 GHz Power Mac G4





CUPERTINO, Calif., Sept. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
Apple(R) (Nasdaq: AAPL) today announced it has begun shipping the
Power Mac(R) G4 with dual 1.25 GHz PowerPC G4 processors, the fastest
Macintosh(R) ever for creative professionals. The dual 1.25 GHz system has a
new Xserve(TM) high-performance architecture with support for up to 2GB of
Double Data Rate (DDR) memory at up to 333 MHz, the industry's first ATI
Radeon 9000 Pro graphics card and an enhanced enclosure with increased storage
up to nearly half a terabyte.
"The Power Mac G4 with dual processors running at 1.25 GHz is the fastest
Mac ever made," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of
Worldwide Product Marketing. "The combination of the Xserve architecture and
Mac OS X version 10.2 'Jaguar' provides an incredibly powerful and stable
platform for our professional customers."
The new all dual-processor Power Mac G4 line also ships with Apple's new
Mac(R) OS X version 10.2 "Jaguar" pre-installed, offering more than
150 amazing new features and applications. Taking advantage of "Jaguar's"
advanced UNIX-based architecture and symmetric multiprocessing capabilities,
the Power Mac G4 delivers over 18 gigaflops (18 billion floating point
operations per second). In application testing*, the dual 1.25 GHz Power Mac
G4 performs image editing tasks up to 90 percent faster, MPEG-2 video encoding
up to 43 percent faster, and scientific analysis up to 440 percent faster than
a 2.53 GHz Pentium 4-based PC.
The dual 1.25-GHz processor Power Mac G4 is available now through the
online Apple Store(R) (http://www.apple.com), at Apple Retail Stores and through
Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $3,299 (US) and
includes:

-- 2MB of DDR SRAM L3 cache per processor with up to 4.6GBps throughput;
-- 512MB of DDR SDRAM memory at up to 333 MHz;
-- a ATI Radeon 9000 Pro graphics card with 64MB DDR SDRAM in 4x AGP slot;
-- a 120GB Ultra ATA/100 7200 rpm hard disk drive; and
-- a SuperDrive(TM) DVD-R/CD-RW optical drive.

*Performance tests were based on commonly used operations in Adobe
Photoshop 7.0, MPEG-2 encoding using iDVD 2 software and Sonic DVDit
Professional Edition and the Ligos encoder, and A/G BLAST and NCBI BLAST
software.