Well, I'm back from holidays and should be posting a bit more again now:)
Missed a lot
xlr8yourmac has been posting a lot of interesting stuff during my absence. Among the most recent ones: rumor of a 1.2GHz G4 Mac, Voodoo5 availlable (also confirmed by the MacSmith), Beige G3 updrading troubles with Royal VRMs etc. I basically hope you have been reading there when I was away:)
Intel working on 200MHz FSB
the register reports that Intel is working on adding 200MHz FSB to their P3 family, while the Celerons will stick with 100Mhz. According to a friend he also read that under the P4 Intel will have up to 400MHz FSBs. Well, Apple is falling behind more and more. The better keep up with the FSB speeds at least.
the register has some more news on the Xbox console. Some of them might be quite important for the final success of the box.
64MB vs 32MB GTS
Tech-Review has compared the Geforce 2 GTS with 32 and with 64MB of DDR-SDRAM. While the 64MB version costs about 100$ more than the smaller 32MB version, it's only about 3-5 FPS faster. That can also be achieved by overclocking the 32MB version - for free. So with that said, amybe we shouldn't be so pissed off at ATI for only releasing 32MB RADEONs in September. Maybe the benefit would be 0.
Voodoo5 PCI review
FiringSquad reviews the PC PCI V5. For PC gamers this card is actually only useful as a second display card. I don't want you to read this to see how much faster the card is on the PC side, I want you to read it to see what ridiculous problems they faced with Windows dual screen setups:)
MacNN notes that another PC company, releasing a "truly easy to use PC" has now also seemingly copied Apple's ad from 1984, with the introduction of the Macintosh during Superbowl. Check it out.
MOSR again has a few rumors. Among them: Apple and IBM are working on adapting the POWER4 chip to the UMA-2 chipset (rofl). A few issues like price and heat/power dissipation have to be dealt with (roflol). Obviously MOSR doesn't know how much a single Power4 chip costs. Several thousand dollars! Well, of course I do not deny that a Mac with a Power4 chip inside would be among the fastest computers in the world...but who's gonna buy a 25000$ Mac?
More news are about a (IMO) very likely BTO option of Creative Labs soundcards in future Macs and a (IMO) less likely "Red Box" under Mac OS X adding Win32 compatibility.
AppleInsider notes that Apple has temporarily halted production of the new MP PowerMacs because of a few minor technical glitches. The stop shouldn't affect the already serious delays of shipments of the new units an more.
AppleInsider also notes that we can expect a new iBook in September, with a few minor changes and speedbumps. Read on for more.