Apple now shipping dual 1.42 GHz Power Mac

Apple’s Web site states that the dual 1.42 GHz Power Mac G4 is “now shipping.” The fastest Power Macintosh (US$2,699) was announced in January. It is based on Apple’s Xserve architecture, including up to 2MB of Double Data Rate Level 3 cache and 333 MHz Double Data Rate (DDR) memory, and symmetric multiprocessing capabilities delivering up to 21 gigaflops (21 billion floating point operations per second) of performance, according to Apple. The dual 1.42 GHz Power Mac also features FireWire 800 and has internal support for both 54Mbps AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth wireless networking. More info here.


  1. Really,
    Do anyone gives a sh-t. Until Apple cures it processor speed deficiency a 200 mhz jump in speed is not going to drive anyone to the store. I am sitting on $3500 to spend for a new machine, however, I will not part with a dime until Apple increase speed at least to 2 Ghz and beyond, Now, not when Wintel is at 5 Ghz.

  2. johnathan,

    You’ve got a serious case of MHz-Mythitis. You can’t compare MHz (or GHz, for that matter) between processors of wholly different architectures. A G4 is not a P4, so comparing the GHz between the two is meaningless.

  3. Yes, it would be good to have swifter cpus in Apples. However, like the fellow said, things are not entirely comparable. Still, those in the Mac world look forward to the introduction of the IBM Power4 chip, which perhaps may come this year.

    Which intel chips are at 5 Ghz? That is news. I thought they were at 2.8, or perhaps 3. How come with such ‘fast chips’, however it is measured, they can only do so much.

  4. Will y’all Mac “MHz Myth” people please read? Yes, the architecture is different and so comparing raw speed is totally inaccurate today. Even in the x86 camp, Athlons and Pentiums cannot be compared directly based on their raw MHz, not even between PIIIs and P4s. HOWEVER, the point is that the G4 has lost. There have been many independent benchmarks (Ace’s Hardware) that has shown that the G4 is CEARLY behind.

    As for IBM’s new CPU, we still dont know when they’ll be deployed in the Mac world, and till then, Macs are bad value for hardware, and Windows Pcs are bad value for software.

  5. There are many many ways to compare performance but i think the fact that apple isnt even using the one gauzeen blurr anymore tells the story. Its past time for a new cpu!

  6. There will always be a new system out! I have been selling computer systems for 25 years and it has always been the same story. What I do is a upgrade every three years like clock work. My last system was a single 450mhz processor, did I cry that I should have waited for a dual processor system NO, did I cry that they changed memory technology on me NO. Did I cry that system bus speeds changed on me NO. The point is that three years from now when my G4 dual 1.45 system is now old, I will most likely be replacing it with a second generation of a new processor that will be faster then a first generation new processor and I will have enjoyed working with applications like final cut express, imovie, itunes, idvd, iphoto and othe new apps. Or I could wait 10 more years and get a 128bit processor ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” /> Just buy a Macintosh and enjoy it and forget about what is next!

  7. Keo, you’re wrong about Macs being a bad value for hardware. The CPU isn’t the only thing in the box my man. The rest of the computer should count for something.

    In addition to that I’d like to say that since machines (both Macs and Wintels) crossed the 1Ghz mark there hasn’t been much in the way of “bad value for hardware” in any of these machines.

    1Ghz, 2Ghz, 3Ghz, doesn’t seem to matter all that much at this particular point in time. I quit seeing real day-to-day “Wow! did you see that?” improvements a little while after we crossed 1Ghz. The nets only so fast, you can only type so fast, your framerates get over “x” number per second and it’s all good.

    I’m taking this “lull” in stride and spending some money on other things for a change. They make something that needs more than we have and I’ll consider upgrading.

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