The original Apple Power Mac G4, code name Yikes!, was introduced at the Seybold conference in San Francisco on 31 August 1999, with 400 MHz, 450 MHz and 500 MHz configurations available. In October 1999, Apple was forced to postpone the 500 MHz due to poor yield of the 500 MHz chips. In response, Apple "speed dumped” the processor speed in each configuration by 50 MHz but caused some controversy by not decreasing the price of the machines.
The 500 MHz version was reintroduced on 16 February 2000, accompanied by 400 MHz and 450 MHz models. DVD-RAM and Zip drives featured on these later 450 MHz and 500 MHz versions and were an option on the 400Mhz.
Apple's marketing name for all these early AGP models is Power Mac AGP Graphics. The code name Sawtooth was used internally before release and became the popular designation among enthusiasts.
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