Prototype Mac mainboard surfaces
Apple Insider Forums and several other sites note that there was an auction on eBay yesterday, where a guy was trying to sell a red prototype (seeded) PowerMac mainboard with 4 DDR-RAM slots and Gigawire ports. xlr8yourmac also noticed the thing and posted a reply from the seller. eBay had to take the auction down after Apple's legal department noticed the leak, so we can be pretty sure this thing is real. All original source material is gone, but it's all available over at AppleInsider. There are many points still unclear about the board, especially teh fact that it seems to be left-oriented, and that it has several ports and plugs of unknown function. Aparently the board was run with a Dual 1GHz module and was seeded to a friend of the seller. It remains to be seen, whether that board is going to be in the next PowerMacs, or whether it's already one cycle too old to still make it in the market. After all, there are always several versions of boards, before one is chosen for mass production. And this one may well be a year old already, after all the PowerMac's mainboard is really dated by now.
the register reports that nVidia and Microsoft are having disputes about prices for chips for the Xbox
MG has some word from Glenda Adams about the status of all current projects. Seems like there are going to be quite a few exciting game releases in the nearer future.
Slashdot has a review on a recently published book about Apple by Scott Kelby and published by New Riders. Looks like a fun book to read.
MOSR has some confirmed and some new rumors about a revised iBook. But they haven't picked up the mainboard story yet, as I'm writing this, at least.
Kick-ass graphics down the pipe
the register reports that 3Dlabs is about to release a new revolutionary graphics chip, they call VPU (Visual Processing Unit). xlr8yourmac also commented on the thing dubbed P10 at the moment. The hardware that's been seeded so far supports DirectX 9 and OpenGL 2.0. Uhhh, ohhh.
MG in the mean time notes that nVidia is also coming up with something new (GeForce 5 or however you want to call it), and aparently that's also going to be revolutionary. What's going to be MORE revolutionary, we'll see.
Doom 3 officially announced
Shacknews notes that id and Activision have finally announced Doom 3 to coem out for the PC at E3 this year. Of course there's no word on a Mac version, or a Linux version for that matter, but then again "PC" can imply all 3 platforms.
By the way id has redesigned their website. That's the first time since the release of Quake 2 back in what, 1902 or so?
After Effects Showndown
Digital Video Editing has performed some tests (6 of them) comparing a PowerMac G4 1GHz DP to a Dual Athlon MP 1800+. And they're aparently surprised that the Mac looses all 6 tests by a rather large margin. I'm certainly not surprised, 533MHz difference per chip, and a stone-age mainboard versus a modern MP optimized DDR mainboard should decide things quite clearly - and has done so.
A look at the new PowerBook G4's graphics
MacCentral takes a look at what the Radeon Mobility 7500 has to offer in comparisong to the older Radeon Mobility that was used before the revision. Also the new support for DVI is cool and aparently the chip uses only little extra power.