The Age from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on March 27, 1997 · Page 61
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The N64 has 36 megs of dynamic RAM and a 64-bit CPU running GAME SPACE over 100 MIPS (millions of instructions per second) at a respectable CPU clock speed of 93.75 MHz. To speed things up, it has a separate sound and graphics coprocessor running at 62.5 MHz. At their most basic level, these impressive-sounding figures mean the N64 has roughly the same capabilities as a system ranked somewhere between a Pentium 100 equipped with some meaty graphic acceleration hardware anda modest Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI) workstation. Oddly enough, the N64 owes a considerable chunk of its ancestry to SGI's legendary graphic-crunching monsters and, given the right sort of software to run, that pedigree shows! Rather than kicking off their new product range with yet another quaint little Mario platform game, Nintendo have released a very impressive 3D adventure called Super Mario 64 (rrp: $99.95). 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