today announced that graphics cards based on its GeForce4 Ti 4600, GeForce4 Ti 4400, GeForce4 MX 460, GeForce4 MX 440, and GeForce4 MX 420 Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) are now shipping to retailers nationwide from add-in card vendors.
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The new generation of Nvidia graphics technology was formally unveiled at a press event in San Francisco this past February. The GeForce4 MX is Nvidia’s new mainstream graphics processor, while the GeForce4 Ti is the company’s new flagship consumer graphics processor, aimed at hardcore gamers and other folks looking for premium 3D graphics acceleration. Each of the different GPUs in the GeForce4 Ti and GeForce4 MX sports different performance characteristics and features.
Apple has already shipped Power Mac G4 systems with the GeForce4 MX graphics technology on-board. While Nvidia’s announcement is specific to Windows-compatible PCs and deals with cards based on both the GeForce4 MX and GeForce4 Ti architectures, it’s a good indication that the GeForce4 Ti will soon be available for Power Mac G4s as well.
Apple began accepting pre-orders for Power Mac G4s equipped with graphics cards based on the GeForce4 Ti chip on the same day that Nvidia announced the technology. Such cards are available as an add-on option for Power Mac G4 configurations ordered through the online Apple Store.