Apple and Nvidia first unveiled the GeForce 3 graphics chip to the world this past February at Macworld Expo in Tokyo, Japan. The high-performance graphics processing unit (GPU) has just recently begun to ship in quantity for the PC, and Power Mac G4s with cards based on the new chip have just recently made public appearances at last week’s E3 show in Los Angeles. Now Apple is accepting orders for them through
The Apple Store.
The GeForce3 graphics processor sports more than 57 million transistors and can perform more than 800 billion operations per second. It’s the second graphics processor from Nvidia to appear on the Macintosh. The first, the GeForce2 MX, is now standard issue in most Power Mac G4 models.
When the GeForce3 was first announced for the Mac, it was slated to be released as an upgrade option on built-to-order Power Mac G4s through Apple’s online store. The product was also listed as a separate US$499 upgrade called the “Apple Power Mac G4 NVIDIA GeForce3 Video Card Kit.” That product is listed on the Apple Store’s Web site, in the Accessories section, under Displays.
Although the kit itself has been listed almost since the introduction of the chip in February, this is the first time it’s actually been available for order. Customers placing purchases through the Apple Store Web site are being told that the product will ship within the next ten days or so.
Apple notes that the card “is designed only for Power Mac G4 systems with the new 4X AGP card slot (Power Mac G4 desktops introduced in January 2001).”