Apple-made graphics cards based on Nvidia’s flagship GeForce4 Ti chip have been available for months as a configure-to-order option from the online
Apple Store, and just recently began shipping. Now the cards are available for purchase as a separate retail kit, which you can install yourself, if you have a Power Mac G4 built since January 2001.
The GeForce4 Ti is Nvidia’s premiere consumer graphics chip. The card sports the nFiniteFX II Engine, which features programmable vertex and pixel shaders that can be used to create more true-to-life effects in games and 3D software. The graphics processing unit (GPU) also features the LightSpeed II memory architecture, Accuview Antialiasing (AA) and other features.
Apple’s specifications for its Power Mac G4 Nvidia GeForce4 Titanium Graphics Card Kit correlate to the high-end of the GeForce4 Ti product matrix: The GeForce4 Ti 4600 chip, which delivers a theoretical memory throughput of 10.56 GB/s, rendering more than 87 million triangles and more than 4.9 billion textured pixels (texels) per second.
The card is equipped with 128MB of double data rate (DDR) RAM, and features both ADC and DVI interfaces so you can attach Apple’s own displays or third-party digital flat panel displays if you prefer. The kit also includes a DVI to VGA adapter if you’d prefer to attach the card to an analog display instead.
What’s more, the card can support two displays simultaneously, either mirroring or spanning in Extended Desktop mode.
If you’re looking for the current state of the art in gaming and high-end 3D graphics rendering performance, it doesn’t get any better on the Mac than the GeForce4 Ti. If you want to get your order in now, pay a visit to
The Apple Store and click on the Displays link.
The Power Mac G4 Nvidia GeForce4 Titanium Graphics Card Kit costs US$399 and requires a Power Mac G4 with a 4x AGP interface in order to work, according to Apple. Such Power Mac G4s have been in production since January of 2001.