Feeds

Apple gets Nvidia GeForce 3 first

Just about...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Updated Nvidia's affection for Apple is clearly deeper than we previously thought. How else to judge the company's decision to give its next-generation graphics chip, the GeForce 3, to the Mac maker first.

That at least is what Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced last night/this morning in Tokyo, during his MacWorld Expo keynote.

"We've been working very closely with Nvidia and have developed a great relationship with them," Jobs said. The first fruit of the relationship was Mac support in the GeForce 2 MX chip, followed by the GeForce 2 Go. Mac users lamented the fact that Nvidia's top-end chips weren't Mac-compatible - it is supposed to be a performance graphics platform, after all.

The arrival of the GeForce 3 will fix that, but we note that Apple will only be offering it as a build-to-order option on its high-end desktops. And Jobs would only say the chip will be available "soon", but we note the UK AppleStore is offering it already, for an extra £240 ($360) for machines shipping in March. We'd heard separately that the chip is due mid-March, so that sounds about right.

We'd also been told that Nvidia was going to launch the GeForce 3 - aka the NV20 - real soon, possibly as early as next week, so we hope Jobbo hasn't jumped the gun on this one. After all, ATI's 'early' notification of new Macs last summer did so much to sour Apple's relationship with that graphics company. We'd hate for Jobs to piss off Nvidia as so early as stage in their partnership...

Jobs said the GeForce 3's performance would amount to 76 billion floating point operations per second, which is a little less than the 100Gflops we'd heard. The chip supports 250MHz DDR SDRAM, and is clocked at over 250MHz. ®

Related Stories

Nvidia NV20 details leak out
Apple intros CD-RW, 'technicolor yawn' iMacs

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.