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News Archive for: 8/28/2001 Tuesday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!

Top stories of 8/28/2001:

Preview of Radeon Mobility 7500 compares Performance to GeForce2GO:
A reader posted a note that there's a preview of the new Radeon Mobility 7500 notebook graphics chip at rage3d (PC site). The preview has a Performance comparison page of the new ATI chip to the Nvidia GeForce2GO. The GeForce2GO had 32MB of 64bit DDR vram; the ATI chip used 64MB of 128bit DDR vram. (Note their other comments on the benchmarks there also.)

The Quake3 (v1.11, not current version) performance table shows a Radeon AGP 64MB DDR card for comparison also - note the Radeon Mobility 7500 was faster than the AGP desktop card. The 1.13ghz Pentium III mobile notebook with the Radeon Mobility 7500 delivered 63FPS at 1280x1024/32bit max quality settings and 97FPS at 1024x768/32bit with max quality settings. The Radeon Mobility 7500 looks like one Impressive mobile graphics chip that I hope will be used in future Apple portables.

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Motorola May Integrate Memory Controller in future PowerPCs:
Martin sent a link to an EETimes article titled Motorola may integrate DRAM controller into PowerPC. The comments include ideas like using DDR SDRAM (266 or 333 MHz) with a direct pipeline to the processor. Another company (PMC-Sierra Inc.) is mentioned as already having done so on one of their network-processing chips to reduce memory latency (and since conventional cache relies on prediction, which isn't really useful with network packets).
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G4/867 Combo Drive Owner Comments:
" Hi Mike,
Below some comments on my new 867MHz G4, mostly details on various components.

Rev 2.1 7450. Good. I'd bet all new Quicksilvers have those now.
GeForce 2 MX firmware: 1055. That must be a new one, I didn't see it mentionned before. After having read countless tales of poor image quality of GeForces on PC forums, I'm glad Apple didn't skimp on the quality of filters for its card. Image is sharp, small text is perfectly readable (it'd better be as I drive my 19" in 1600x1200). Overall it's a tad fuzzier than the Radeon, but still good enough. Definitely superior to the Voodoo5 I once had.

Combo drive is a Panasonic CW-8571, not a Toshiba as your FAQ says.
[Note - I originally thought (I didn't say for sure as nobody had reported on it before) that the combo drive in the new G4s would be the Toshiba R1102 (8x CDR, 8x CDRW plus DVD ROM). It was the only 8x8 Combo DVD/CDRW drive I had heard of for desktops and the R1102 was added to the list of drives supported by iTunes, etc. in a late spring/early summer Authoring Support update. Also remember like the CDRW drives - Apple may be using several different brands of OEM drives. I've updated the FAQ with this info-Mike]
The tray and front plastic are black, for a change. No RPC-1 firmware available yet AFAIK :-\

40 GB 5400 rpm hard drive is an IBM DTLA-305040 (Deskstar 40GV). Immediately replaced by a 40 GB 7200 rpm 60GXP :)

128 MB stock DIMM is 333. Impatiently waiting for delivery of 2x256 MB 222 Crucial RAM!

System is a bit more noisy than the previous B&W G3, IMHO.
[There are three illustrated articles here on Quicksilver Fan noise mods. first article (many mods), a 2nd reader's mods and a variable speed fan mod article-Mike] Power supply rated for 344W max, plenty of juice available. 500 MB of MP3s with iTunes is a nice touch, however... two hours of electronic/techno crap, and no classical or metal? Come on, where's the idiot who made the selection? :) Filter and Faith No More, better than nothing...

That's it for now. Overclocking to come very soon :) Is there any piece of software able to report the CPU temperature of a 7450?! I tried all those I knew, none works...
Thomas

A reader noted using Thermograph (shareware) for checking G4 CPU temperatures, although I've heard for a long time from several sources that temperature utilities are not accurate with G4 CPUs (not sure if that has changed with the 2.1 rev 7450).

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Powerlogix Firewire/USB Combo Card Report:
" Hi Mike,
I haven't seen any mention of this card here or on any other forum. It has 2 external FW and USB ports respectively along with one internal FW port. I got this as part of a bundle along with a Powerlogix G3 upgrade. I installed the two cards in my S900 and everything seemed fine until I tried to use an external FW Drive (Sarotech Flex-HDD w/Maxtor 30GB 5400).

I was running OS8.6 at the time and with the Apple USB card support extensions. That part of the card worked flawlessly. I was able to format and successfully write to and read from the disk albeit rather slowly. When I ran the same tests using the FW port, the results were very disappointing. The performance was inconsisent but generally poor. When the system didn't hang, it would only write about 1.5megs/sec! Sometimes the files wouldn't be written correctly so that working with them was hit or miss with Error -39 showing up frequently.

The first thing I thought was that it was probably the beta Radialogic drivers that Sarotech provided with the enclosure or that OS8.6 was too old to handle FW, so I installed OS9.1 on another partition and tried again with a VST FW driver from a friend. Same results.

Just to make sure it wasn't my trusty old S900 showing its age, I plugged the card into Beige G3 300MT running OS9.1 (anything newer and there would be no reason to have this card). No Luck! In case you're pointing your finger at the drive/case, they worked brilliantly on an iMac DV as well as a Quicksilver G4 800DP.

Question: Has anyone had any luck with this card?
Eric Kirchhoff
Internet Programmer / Mac Geek
ZCOM2.COM"

(I asked what chipset is on the card.) The Firewire Combo card feedback page here has no previous reports on the Powerlogix card. If any owners have any suggestions for Eric, let me know.

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Reader Comments on Mac OS X Internet Phone Software:
" I have been using DialPad.com for two years on my PC and now its out as an app for mac os x. Works great on cable, DSL, or lan lines and needs a G4 for the best quality. Just thought you would like free USA phone calls from your mac.
http://www.dialpad.com/mac/
-Adam S"
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Photos from Apple Store Opening in Woodfield IL:
Julian Koh sent word he's posted a page with photos from the Woodfield Mall Apple store grand opening. (Nice photos.)
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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive Compatibility Database Updates:
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 13 new reports added this morning. The database has reports on Combo DVD-CDRW, CDROMs, DVD-ROM, DVD-RAM, CDRW, Hard Drives and Removables (tape drive, ORB, ZIP, MO drives, etc.) in all interface types (IDE, IDE RAID cards, Firewire, SCSI, adapters). Current total 4,557 reports. Here are today's additions:

    IDE CDRW Reports
  • Yamaha CRW8824E 8x8x24x in Beige G3 (OWC refurb - $70)

    Firewire CDRW Reports
  • Plextor 16/10/40 (firewire model) with G4/AGP
  • Plextor 24/10/40a (IDE drive in FW case) with G4/AGP

    SCSI CDRW Reports
  • Ricoh 7060s in Apple Workgroup Server 9150
  • Yamaha 2100S (16/10/40) in 9500

    IDE DVD ROM Reports:
  • Delta 12x in G4/AGP
    (listed under '"other brands")
  • Sony DDU 1621 in B&W G3

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • Fujitsu 20GB in PowerBook G3 2000
  • IBM 75GXP 60GB in B&W G3 rev 1 (using PCI IDE card)
  • IBM 60GXP 40GB in Beige G3
  • Seagate 20GB in G4/AGP
    (notes OS 9.1's drive setup didn't support the drive)

    Firewire Hard Drive Reports:
  • Maxtor 3000DV External 60GB w/B&W G3

    SCSI Hard Drive Reports:
  • Quantum Atlas IV 18GB in Radius 100
    (listed under 61-71-8100 macs)

You can find full owner reports by searching the database by drive/brand/interface/mac models (the latest reports are shown first in searches).
If you've added a IDE, SCSI, Firewire or USB hard drive, CDRW, tape drive, etc. make sure you add a report to the database. [If you post an updated entry - make sure you use the same name, etc. as you did before so I can find your past entry. Thanks.]

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CPU Upgrades Owner Reports Database Updated:
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 2 new reports today (total to date: 6,151). [Entries after midnight Eastern time are added the following day. Incomplete entires missing info are not posted.]

  • Newer Tech G3/466 in 9600/200 (rated 10)
  • XLR8 CarrierZIF w/OWC G3/333 ZIF in Umax S900 (rated 8)

(Warning - Overclocking may not be reliable and could lead to hardware failure or corrupted data.) You can find the full reports by searching the database selecting the indicated Mac model and upgrade card brand/type. If you've upgraded the CPU on your Mac, please post an entry in the database. Search the database for entries from most every upgradable Mac model *before* you buy. (Searchable by mac model/upgrade brand). For detailed reviews with performance tests and install tips, see the CPU Upgrades page.)

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Blast from the Past - News pages from 1, 2 and 3 years ago:
I've had several readers ask that I restore a news item that I used to call "Blast from the Past" where links to past news pages from a year, two years, etc. ago here are included in the daily news. (Sometimes these old pages are a bit embarrassing - and in many cases the offsite links may not work, and comments there were accurate on the date posted regarding upgrade availability, etc.)

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Software Updates, Apple TILs, Other Net News

    Apple TIL Updates: [none today]

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