- August 2000 News:
- Mac Radeon ETA of Sept.
- I just preordered my Radeon card from CDW
this morning. The guy on the phone said they are scheduled to
receive 30 of these cards on Sept. 2! I was informed that they
had 13 on order already (14 including me). Their retail price
is $248 +shipping. They are based out of a state that doesn't
charge tax (good for me!). If you want to get in on this first
shipment of Mac Radeon cards then you should stop by their site
today! Sept. 2 is the earliest ETA I've seen anywhere.
- If the Mac Radeon performs even remotely
close to the PC version then it will be the best Mac graphics
card to date! This thing even beats out the GeForce 2 in some
benchmarks (the 64MB AGP version)! Granted, the Mac version has
no official benchmarks... yet. I will let you all know how this
card stacks up when I get it.
- Note: This
is the AGP version of the Radeon. If you want the PCI version
then go to Outpost.com where they are taking orders for that
- Mac Radeon Page (AGP)
- Mac OS X Beta due on Sept. 13!
- At Seybold Jobs just announced that OS X
Beta would be available on Sept. 13! I will be getting a second
internal hard drive just for OS X. I will bring you the latest
info on OS X as I play around with it. Stay tuned!
- Apple Computer
- Mac 4x4 Evolution Clan:
- I was recently sent news of a new Mac 4x4
Evolution Clan. 4x4 Evolution is a driving sim coming to the
Mac very soon. Here is the announcement I was sent:
- I recently opened up a Mac 4x4 Evolution
Clan for all you mac fans of 4x4 Evolution. The clan is currently
accepting members so come on and join it. For more information
about the clan, or if you have any questions, visit the clan
- Mac 4x4 Evolution Clan
- Clans always make games more fun. If you're
a driving sim fan and you plan on getting this game for the Mac
then you may want to check out this clan.
4x4 Evolution Clan
- PC Diablo 2 is now hybrid:
- CompUSA stores have begun to receive hybrid
(Mac and PC) copies of Diablo 2. While the Mac version of Diablo
2 (marked by a modified box design) has always been hybrid, the
PC copies are now hybrid as well. New hybrid copies of Diablo
2 have exact SKU matches to their older, Windows only counterparts.
The original Mac Diablo 2 SKU has always been different from
the PC version. There was originally speculation that Blizzard
would keep the PC version Windows only so they could accurately
track Mac sales. This is obviously not the case. If you plan
on picking up a copy of Diablo 2 for your Mac feel free to look
in the PC games section for it. However, be sure to check the
box for Mac system requirements; there are still older copies
out there that are PC only.
- New Mac game reviews site:
- I was just sent news of a new Mac game reviews
site. This site's content is contributed by its visitors. People
who visit the site submit their reviews of various Mac games
so that others may determine whether or not they want to get
that game. It's a cool idea that has already attracted many visitors
to the site. Stop by if you want to give your own review or read
what others think about a particular game.
- XtremMac Details:
- I recently contacted Xtrem Inc to inquire
about their new XtremMac. For those that don't know, the
XtremMac is a project Xtrem Inc is working on which will
essentially supercool an existing G4 computer making it safe
to overclock. The plan is to overclock a G4 to 1200MHz (1.2GHz).
The information I received wasn't as informative as I would have
liked it to be. Here's a summary of the info they sent me:
- -Ship date: Early 2001 (estimated)
- -The XtremMac is not a clone, it will
be based on Apple's propietary hardware.
- -Apple is in no way involved in this product.
- -Exact specs on the XtremMac are not
finalized as of yet.
- -The active cooling system used is similar
to Kryotech. However, Xtrem's cooling method is improved. They
could give me no specifics on the cooling system for obvious
business reasons. They did say that their improved cooling system
would cool not only the processor, but also parts like the motherboard,
memory and cache to further increase performance.
- This is more of an FAQ than a list of details.
Soon after they sent me this info they updated their website
with much more detailed specs on the unit (link below). There
is no doubt that if this system ships it will be the ultimate
Mac gaming machine. One of the big issues when it comes to performance
is heat. By implementing their active cooling system they will
be able to effectively eliminate this concern and increase performance
significantly. Kryotech is a cooling system that uses freon vapors
to disipate heat. Kryotech is already one of the best active
cooling systems out there. I'm curious as to how exactly they
have improved upon this system. I'll bring you more details as
they become available.
- Xtrem Inc.
- Detailed Specs