Isn't this a thread about 1 Gigahertz G4's? tehe
Dreams and reality......the dream is quad 1Ghz by August, the reality is dual 866Mhz G4s and single 1Ghz G4s possibly as early as MacWorld July.
Motorola is working on the 1Ghz chips (7450) and will have them out this early, probably in quantity in the fall. The bad side is that they are NOT MERSI (multiprocessor standard) compliant and will only be able to work with dual processor configurations at best. Now if Mot had the MERSI stuff figured out, then Apple would be able to produce a new motherboard to handle 4 processors. That would be sweet, (4) 1Ghz G4 chips in a single Mac box!!!! That would be 4Ghz of power, sit down 1.8Ghz P4!!! Okay, okay, so the bulk of Mac users would not be able to use that power, but many graphics, 3D, video, and music apps would be able to use it, and of course OS X would just use those four processors natively.
So how soon can we expect 4 Ghz of power in a Mac? Good question. Lets speculate that Mot can get the 7450 to 1 Ghz or maybe even 1.2Ghz. If they can then get the 7460 up to snuff on the MERSI compliance, then we are looking at 4Ghz of power or more in late 2001 or even early 2002. If not, then we will have to wait for the G5.
This is somewhat bad news for us and Apple. If Mot had a MERSI compliant chips that was able to scale to 1.2-1.4Ghz, then Apple would have been able to put together a Quad 800Mhz-1Ghz G4 Tower by MacWorld NY in July and then really show off OS X. That would have been quite a MacWorld to see the new tower design, running on a new faster motherboard, with (4) G4 processors powering OS 10.1. It would have been a shot in the arm for Mac, Apple, and us. I would have been ready to plunk down and buy a new computer.......until then my Beige G3 is still the one.