Macspensive cubed

— 12:47 AM on August 4, 2000

In light of my past forays into PC-Mac price comparisons, I should have known the introduction of Apple's new G4 Cube boxes created a golden opportunity for a reprise. I almost missed it, but Ryan VanderMeulen did us the favor of compiling a little price comparo and sending it in. Check this out:

Well, I haven't seen you post this yet, so I thought, what the hell, I'll do it.

Here's a nice little comparison of a G4 cube vs. a Dell system. I'll let you decide which is better!

500MHz PowerPC G4 - 1MB L2 cache
40GB Ultra ATA drive
Apple Studio Display (17"/16" VIS)
DVD-ROM drive with DVD-Video
RAGE 128 Pro card - 16MB SDRAM
10/100BASE-T Ethernet
56K internal modem
Apple Pro Keyboard - U.S. English
Mac OS - U.S. English
3yr AppleCare Protection Plan-Power Mac+Display

Price $3,946.00

Pentium® III Processor at 1 GHz
45GB Ultra ATA Hard Drive (7200 RPM) with ATA-66
19" (17.9" viewable, .24 -.25AG) P991 FD Trinitron® Monitor
12X Max Variable DVD ROM Drive with Software Decoding for 64MB DDR NVIDIA GeForce Graphics Card
64MB DDR nVidia GeForce2 AGP Graphics Card
3COM® 3C905C-TXM 10/100 Remote Wake Up NIC
3Com V.90/56K PCI Telephony Modem for sound option
QuietKey® Keyboard
Microsoft® Windows® 98, 2nd Edition with Millennium upgrade coupon
3 Yr Next Business Day On-Site Parts & Labor,BSC
3.5" Floppy Drive
MS IntelliMouse®
SB Live! Value Digital with Music Match Software
Altec Lansing ACS-340 Speakers with Subwoofer
Microsoft® Office 2000 Small Business Plus Encarta 2000
Norton Antivirus® at no additional charge: Norton Antivirus® 2000
FREE 1394 IEEE PCI Card with Digital Video Editing Software & Educate U Web-Based Training with 64MB DDR
Graphics Card Purchase
Free! Astra UMAX 2100U Scanner (cable included)

Price $3,619.00

What can I say, folks? Openness is good. You have a single source for your hardware, you pay the premium for that 0.5GHz scorcher.

Oh, and this page bragging on the awesome 3D graphics power of an ATI Rage card is pretty amusing:

At the heart of the ATI RAGE 128 Pro is the unique 128-bit SuperScalar rendering architecture designed to operate in high-memory environments — and at scorching speeds.
And it's loaded with 16 big megs of RAM! Gotta love the hype.
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