The Inside Scoop On The Gigahertz Power Mac - Up Close And Personal - A Pictorial Review

February 13, 2002

The other day we series of pictures detailing the outside look and features of the new G4 Tower machines. Today we take a look inside. The internal components of these computers are laid out in a nice, uncluttered way. Everything is very identifiable, uncomplicated, and easy to access. The most distinguishing feature of the motherboard is the hefty heatsink, which dominates the logic board like a skyscraper complex dominating an electronic metropolis. Without further ado, we present and insider's look at the new G4 Power Macs ....


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Easy access is the hallmark of Apple's Professional Towers. Lift up one latch and the whole side levers down displaying the cleanly laid out innards

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All the Towers have the same layout. The components are standardized on the needs of the most demanding configuration. The monster heatsink may not be needed for the 800 MHz Tower but it is on the Dual Gigahertz machine. So all the Tower's get one.

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Looking down from the top. In the upper left corner is the Airport housing and slot. Next to it is the internal modem. In the upper right are the four PCI slots and down in front is the processor covered by the humongous heatsink

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Looking in at the main body of the machine you see the installed ATA hard drive that comes with the machine (lower right). There are two more free hard drive bays. In the upper left is the SuperDrive .

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The hard drive in the Dual Gigahertz machine is a 80 GB Seagate ATA Barracuda IV. The drive turns at 7200 RPM and has an up to 100-Mbyte/sec burst transfer rate, according to Seagate

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Four PCI slots have become standard fair on Apple Towers. Theses slots weigh in at 64-bit 33MHz and provide up to 215 megabytes per second throughput, according to Apple.

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This is a close-up of the Airport housing and slot. To the right (with the red lettering) is the internal 56K V.90 modem

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This is the graphics card seated in the AGP 4X slot. The graphics card on the Gigahertz machine and the 933 MHz machine, is the NVIDIA GeForce4 MX graphics card with 64MB of DDR SDRAM and ADC and VGA connectors. The 800 MHz machine has the ATI Radeon 7500 with 32MB of DDR memory.

The NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti graphics processing unit can be added as a build-to-order option

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There are three fans in these Tower machines. Here in the upper middle is the housing that funnels air onto the processor heatsink

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