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Think MP Baby! Power Mac G4 (Summer 2000) Information Page

Apple's G4 line got off to a shaky start. The Graphite towers were announced at the Seybold Publisher's Conference August, '99 in three configurations, 400MHz, 450MHz and 500MHz. Citing a short supply of G4 processors from Motorola, Apple lopped 50MHz off each model resulting in a 350, 400 and 450MHz lineup. The missing 50MHz was finally restored at the Tokyo Macworld Expo, restoring the original configurations with a few modifications. For the whole convoluted story, visit our G4 History 101 page.

At Macworld 2000 New York, Steve Jobs showed off the newest graphite G4 machines. The new configurations? - 400, 450 and 500MHz. The twist is that the two high end machines sport two processors each! That's right, the two high end machines are multiprocessor and have two 450MHz or two 500MHz CPU's each with a full 1MB backside cache. The most striking performance gains will be seen in programs that are multi processor aware, Photoshop and portions of the Mac OS for example. Mac OS X is said to include more comprehensive MP support than current or past OS versions.

What else is new? Not a whole lot, if truth be known. The built in Ethernet port has been bumped from 10/100Base-T to 10/100/1000Base-T for blindingly fast network connections. This will be appreciated by folks transferring huge graphics or multimedia files across a LAN. All of the new G4's also include Apple's new "Apple Display Connector" or ADC for providing their new monitors with power, video and a USB feed, all in one cable. This goes a long way towards eliminating desktop clutter and is another example of Apple's dedication to detail. Traditional VGA connectors are available to support older monitors of course. The hard drives have been bumped up from 10, 20 and 27GB on the previous G4 machines to 20, 30 and 40GB on the new.

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After taking nearly two years of (deserved) heat for their ridiculous mouse and keyboard, Apple has finally scrapped both. The new Pro Mouse is optical and should provide smooth tracking. As there are no moving parts to clean, maintenance should be almost nonexistent. Lacking a button, the whole mouse pivots to click. Response can be adjusted to suit each user's preference. The 108 key Pro Keyboard uses the popular extended layout and includes keys for adjusting volume and ejecting disks.

To check out the differences between the various models, take a look at our specs chart below.

A list of features common to all machines follows:

  • ATI Rage 128 Pro - On 2x AGP graphics slot with 16MB RAM with VGA and ADC connections.
  • 2 FireWire Ports - For connecting high speed peripherals (digital video cameras, scanners, hard drives, CD burners etc.) at speeds up top 400Mbps. The previous G4's had an additional internal FireWire port for a total of 3. If the internal port is still present, Apple is not advertising the fact. If you have any more information send it my way and I will add it.
  • 2 independent USB ports, 12Mbps each - For connecting peripherals like keyboards, printers, scanners, digital cameras etc.
  • Three 64 bit, 33MHz PCI slots and one 2x AGP - The AGP slot currently hosts the ATI card but you are free to swap it out for another down the road.
  • DVD drive - Either DVD-ROM (400MHz and 450MHz MP) or DVD-RAM (500MHz MP) for playing and/or recording DVD software and movie titles.
  • Ultra ATA/66 hard drive - At either 20, 30 or 40GB. The 30 and 40GB drives spin at 7200rpm the 20 at 5400.
  • Support for up to 1.5 GB PC100 SDRAM - 999MB per application.
  • Slot for AirPort card - For wireless networking and Internet access.
Model/MHz Bus Speed
(MHz)
RAM & Graphics Expansion
Slots
Storage  Networking
Modem 
 Additional
Features

G4/500 MP
1MB each CPU
@250MHz

"Graphite"
Tower

100MHz

256MB
1.5GB Max


2x AGP ATI RAGE 128 Pro accelerated 2D/3D graphics controller

16MB SDRAM

3 - 64bit , 33MHz PCI
(free)
1 - AGP 2x slot
(filled w/ATI card)

 

40GB 7200rpm Ultra ATA/66

DVD-RAM

Optional AirPort

10/100/1000Base-T
56k V.90

2 USB Ports
(12 Mbps each)

2 FireWire Ports

Apple Desktop Connector (ADC)

G4/450 MP
1MB each CPU @225MHz

"Graphite"
Tower

100MHz

128MB
1.5GB Max


2x AGP ATI RAGE 128 Pro accelerated 2D/3D graphics controller

16MB SDRAM

3 - 64bit , 33MHz PCI
(free)
1 - AGP 2x slot
(filled w/ATI card)

30GB 7200rpm Ultra ATA/66

DVD-ROM

Optional AirPort

10/100/1000Base-T
56k V.90

2 USB Ports
(12 Mbps each)

2 FireWire Ports

Apple Desktop Connector (ADC)

G4/400
1MB @200MHz

"Graphite"
Tower

100MHz

64MB
1.5GB Max


2x AGP ATI RAGE 128 Pro accelerated 2D/3D graphics controller

16MB SDRAM

3 - 64bit , 33MHz PCI
(free)
1 - AGP 2x slot
(filled w/ATI card)

20GB 5400rpm Ultra ATA/66

DVD-ROM

Optional AirPort

10/100/1000Base-T
56k V.90

2 USB Ports
(12 Mbps each)

2 FireWire Ports

Apple Desktop Connector (ADC)



 

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G4/500 MP
1MB each CPU
@250MHz

"Graphite"
Tower

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Macworld
MacAddict
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PC Magazine
BareFeats
Macwelt
LowEndMac
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MacAddict
MacUser UK
MyMac
ABC News
MacFixIt

BareFeats
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G4/450 MP
1MB each CPU @225MHz

"Graphite"
Tower

Reader Reviews
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Macworld
LowEndMac
MacObserver
BareFeats
MacAddict
Macworld
XLR8yrmac
MacMillitia
ABC News
EveryMac
LowEndMac
MacFixIt
BareFeats
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G4/400
1MB @200MHz

"Graphite"
Tower

Reader Reviews
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ABC News
MacFixIt
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