The New 533 MHz and 466 MHz G4 Towers Performance Compared To 39 Previous Macs - We are working hard to get all the new machines benchmarked, so consider this an interim report
Apple Thinks You Can't Run OS X On An Upgraded Machine. Upgrade Manufacturers Say "Think different!" - Which manufacturers are supporting OS X and on what cards? Find out!
A $200 Price Drop Makes G4 Upgrade Attractive . Sonnet's Price Cuts & The Price/Performance Equation - Sonnet, has dropped prices up to $100 on its upgrades for ZIF based machines and $200 on its G4 upgrade for 7200 class machines
XLR8 Has Cut Prices Across Its Produt Line - The New Upgrade Card Price/Performance Equation - XLR8 has, dropped prices up to $130 across its product line and come out with a variety of dual processor G4 upgrade cards for 604e based Mac and native G3/G4 machines
G3 Upgrade Cards Fall Below $200 - The Price/Performance Equation For PowerLogix's Upgrade Card Price Cuts! - PowerLogix has reduced prices on 5 of their G3/G4 upgrade cards for both Zif and PCI based machines
How Much Difference Does Having a Faster "Backside" Cache Make - A Performance Review - We decided to take a second, in-depth look at cache speed to get a fuller perspective on the benefits of backside cache, and exactly what processes it speeds up
Five Days And Counting, Get Them While They're Hot - Metabox Upgrades And The Price/Performance Equation - Metabox is a relative new-comer to the shores of the US. They are a German company now selling their joeCARDs in North America. They have announced a special rebate, of up to $80, on many of their upgrade cards for Apple G3 and first generation G4 machines, and for certain pre-G3 Power Macs and Clones. The rebate offer ends on the 15th of December.
For Owners Of Power Mac 6100s The Time For G3 Envy May Be Over - The Price/Performance Equation - NewerTech just a few short weeks after dropping the price on their MAXpowr PDS G3/300-333MHz upgrade card for the 6100 class of Power Macs by $100, has dropped the price again
Santa Sonnet's Holiday Price Cuts And The New Price/Performance Equation - Sonnet has come out with a series of prices cuts of up to $100 on many of its G3 and G4 upgrade cards
Ho, Ho, Ho Down The Prices Go - Newer Tech's Upgrades And The New Price/Performance Equation - NewerTech in the spirit of the holidays has dropped prices of up to $100 on many of their upgrade cards for most Power Macs and Macintosh Clones
It's Two, Two,Two Upgrades In One - XLR8's 466MHz Carrier Zif Card And The New Price/Performance Equation - XLR8 has, with Christmas in mind, reduced the price of it's Carrier Zif G3/466/233/1MB for PCI PowerMacs by $100.
And Down, Down The Prices Go! - Newer G3/G4 Upgrades And The Price/Performance Equation - NewerTech has dropped prices of over $100 on 2 of their upgrade cards for 604e based machine
"Hey Joe Have I Got A Card For You!" - Metabox G3/G4 Cards And The Price/Performance Equation - Metabox is a relative new-comer to the shores of the US. They are a German company now selling their joeCARDs in North America
All This And FireWire Too! - Newer's PowerBook G3 Upgrades And The Price/Performance Equation. - NewerTech has a special on their two G3 upgrade cards for G3 PowerBooks; buy an upgrade card and they throw in their CardBus FireWire 2 Go card for free
Sonnet Adds Two More Innovative Upgrades For Venerable Old Macs - And We Explore The Price/Performance Equation - Sonnet, which seems to have a G3 or G4 upgrade card for almost every Mac out there, has come out with two more upgrades for the previously non-upgradable 7200 series of Power Macs
PowerLogix Ships New Upgrade For G3 PowerBooks And We Look At the Price/Performance Equation! - PowerLogix is now shipping their Blue Chip G3/466 upgrade for Wallstreet and Mainstreet PowerBook G3s. A G3/500 upgrade is to follow in November.
Price Cuts Up To $170 - XLR8 Upgrade Card Price Drops And The New Price Performance Equation - XLR8 has reduced the prices up to $170 on many of their processor upgrade cards
G3 And G4 Upgrade Prices Are Falling Right And Left - Newer's New Price/Performance Equation - NewerTech is having another round of price cuts since their temporary cuts of August
Get Them While They're Hot- What Sonnets Price Cuts Mean To You - Sonnet has come out with a series of prices cuts of up to $100 on 3 of its G3 upgrade cards; one for PCI based Macs, one for Zif Macs and one cache slot G3 upgrade
Sonnet's Bus Doubling Technology And The Price/Performance Equation - Fortissimo is a bus doubling technology that creates a second bus which resides between the motherboard bus and the processor
Sonnet Pulls Another Rabbit Out Of The Hat! The Price/Performance Equation For The New Power Mac 7200s - Sonnet, which seems to have a G3 or G4 upgrade card for almost every Mac out there, has come out with another first - a G3 upgrade for the previously non-upgradable 7200 series of Power Macs
Get Up To $120 Off On Your G4 Upgrade - Newer's Seybold Price Cuts And The Price/Performance Equation! - According to Newer these price cuts, which range from $20 to $120, are good for one week only in honor of the Seybold Conference, which is taking place now in San Francisco, and Labor Day
Save 50$ On Your Next G4 Upgrade - What Sonnets Price Cuts Mean To You
PowerLogix Announces Two Upgrades For G3 PowerBooks And We Look At The Price/Performance Equation - PowerLogix has come out with two upgrades for G3 PowerBooks. The cards, called the BlueChip by PowerLogix, replace the stock card
Newer Drops Prices On Many Of It's Processor Upgrades - The New Price/Performance Equation!
Save 50$ On Your Next G3 Upgrade - What Sonnets Price Cuts Mean To You - Sonnet has come out with a series of prices cuts on its G3 upgrade cards
"Help iMac Processor Upgrades Are Taking Over The Planet!" - The Price/Performance Equation For PowerLogix's New iMac Upgrades - PowerLogix comes out with two upgrades for iMacs.....we're surprised as you are!
PowerLogix Cuts Prices On Their Top Of The Line G4 & G3 Upgrades - The New Price Performance Equation
The Browser Wars In The New Millennium Battle - What's Faster Netscape, Microsoft Or iCab? - There are 4 companies working on different Web browsers for the Mac. Which one will walk away with the performance prize .... perhaps it's not so clear cut!
Is There A Processor Upgrade Price War On? - Sonnet's Price Cuts And The New Price/Performance Equation - Sonnet has dropped prices on 13 of their G3 and G4 upgrade cards
Newer Drops It's Prices On Most Of It's High-End Cards Including The iMac Upgrade - The New Price/Performance Equation!
What Sonnet's May G3 Upgrade Card Price Cuts Mean To You - The New Price/Performance Equation - Sonnet has come out with a series of prices cuts ranging from $20 to $100 on 4 of its G3 upgrade cards for PCI based Macs and 2, G3 cache slot upgrades
G3 Upgrade Cards Fall Below $200 - What PowerLogix's Upgrade Card Price Cuts Mean To You! - PowerLogix has reduced prices on two of their G3 upgrade cards and two of their G4 cards for both Zif and PCI based machines.
21% Off Your Next G3/G4 Upgrade Card - Newer's Temporary Rebate And The Price/Performance Equation - NewerTech has a rebate of up to $150 on two of their cards for PCI based PowerMacs
It's Sonnet One Week And Newer The Next - Newer's G4 Price Cuts And The New Price Performance Equation - NewerTech has dropped prices on their G4 upgrades for PCI based Macs and beige and Blue & White G3 Power Macs
What Sonnet's April G3 & G4 Upgrade Card Price Cuts Mean To You - The New Price/Performance Equation - Sonnet has come out with a series of prices cuts ranging from $50 to $100 on 2 of its G3 and 3 of its G4 upgrade cards
G4 Upgrade Cards Sprouting Like Mushrooms! - XLR8 Price Cuts And The New Price Performance Equation - XLR8 has reduced the prices up to $120 on most of their line G4 processor upgrade cards
What Do Newer's Price Cuts Mean To You - G3/G4 Upgrade Price Cuts And The New Price/Performance Equation! - NewerTech has dropped prices on two of their 500Mhz upgrade cards and on their entry-level G4 card for PCI based Macs
A Gigahertz PowerPC Chip Coming To A Mac Near You? Three And Four Gigahertz Models To Follow Shortly? - IBM will be presenting a paper describing a complete PowerPC processor that runs at 1 gigahertz, at the International Solid State Circuits Conference that opened Monday in San Francisco. IBM says that these gigahertz chips (that's a billion cycles per second to you and me) should reach production status in the second half of this year.
Using The Force - What PowerLogix's Upgrade Card Price Cuts Mean To You! - PowerLogix has reduced prices on four of their G3 upgrade cards and two of their G4 cards for both Zif and PCI based machines.
Newer's Winning G3 Upgrade For The 6100 Series Of Machines - A Review - It was indeed a revelation when Newer released their upgrade cards for first generation Power Mac's. Finally those of us who were as they say, financially limited could hope for access to true G3 power without having to part with either our machines or large amounts of cash!
Thought You Couldn't Upgrade Your iMac? Newer Tech Tells You To Think different! - Benchmarks, Information And An Interview With Newer's Point Man For The New iMaxpowr G3/466 Upgrade Card
Performance Edge: Three's A Charm - XLR8 Upgrade Card Price Drops
And The New Price Performance Equation - XLR8 drops
prices on two of its Zif cards (one a G4) and one PCI card.
PowerBook 1400 Owners Once Again Have An Upgrade Option - Covering Sonnet's announcement of a G3/333 uprade card for PowerBook 1400 owners. Includes benchmarks from older PowerBook 1400 upgrades to give you a taste of what to expect. The future looks bright!
Merry Christmas From XLR8! Upgrade Card Price Drops And The New Price Performance Equation - Price drops by XLR8 on most of their G3 upgrade cards for PCI and Zif slots gives us the chance to run the numbers again.
Turning Your G3 Computer Into A Screaming Beast! - Paul sent us in his results from upgrading a G3/233 with a Sonnet Encore G3/500 processor and a 13.6 7200 RPM Quantum hard drive. The numbers are impressive!
Keeping Up With The Jones - Newer's G3 Upgrade Price Cut And The New Price/Performance Equation! - In the past 10 months the price on this particular card, the MAXpowr G3 300/200/1MB, has fallen about 60%. This particular month the price has fallen about 17% over the previous month - happy holidays!
Santa Sonnet - Sonnet's Holiday Price Cuts And The New Price/Performance Equation - just in time for your holiday shopping Sonnet has dropped prices on 12 of its G3 upgrade cards between $50 - $100
What Do XLR8's 500Mhz Upgrade Card Price Drops Mean To You - The New Price Performance Equation - XLR8 has dropped the prices on two of its top of the line 500Mhz upgrade cards and we let you know just how much of a performance gain you'll see if you put one in your machine
So Newer Has Dropped The Prices Of Their Upgrade Cards Again - What's New? Why The Price/Performance Equation Of Course! - Newer Tech has dropped the price on many of their G3 upgrade cards by up to $100 so we run the price/performance numbers for you once again.
XLR8 Has Its Own Perspective On Speculative Processing And G3/G4 Upgrades. Disabling Speculative Processing May be The Best Solution - In XLR8's view the best thing to do to Speculative processing is to just disable it and they feel they have a top notch software fix that does just that.
PowerLogix And XLR8 Respond To Newer's Claims Regarding G3/G4 Processor Upgrades And Speculative Processing - PowerLogix thinks that their software solution is just as good (if not better) and less expensive than Newer's hardware solution for the Speculative Processing bug. Newer they say may just be engaging in a little FUD.
Will The Problems With Speculative Processing That Effected G3 Upgrades Be Even A Bigger Problem With G4 Upgrades? - Newer Technology says that they have the Speculative Processing bug that effected some G3 cards licked and lay out their position in this White Paper.
There is only one optimal bus speed for each CPU speed and perhaps fastest is not best! - Newer Technology goes in to great detail on why, if your upgrading a PowerPC 601, 603 or 604 machine with a G3 or G4 upgrade, having a faster system bus speed may actually slow you down.
Pretty Soon They'll Be Giving Them Away! Sonnet Price Cuts And The New Price/Performance Equation - Sonnet has dropped the prices on most of their CPU upgrade cards so once again we run the performance numbers.
Newer Joins The 500Mhz Club And Drops Prices On Other Cards - The New Price/Performance Equation - NewerTech has dropped a few upgrade cards, added a few cards, announced a G4 card and lowered prices up to $100 on the existing G3 cards. We run the performance numbers for you again.
"To G3 Or To G4, That Is The Question" - An Upgrading to a PowerPC G4 Processor FAQ - This White Paper from XLR8 goes into some detail about the benefits and limitations of the of the G4 processor and compares it to the G3.
What Do XLR8's Price Drops Mean To You - The New Price Performance Equation - XLR8 has dropped the prices on most of their CPU upgrades up to 20%, so we once again run the numbers for you.
Performance Of All Shipping Zif G3 Upgrade Cards Compared - Rumors of chip dumping and a request leads us to run the numbers on all available Zif G3 upgrade cards.
A G4 Upgrade Card For $500? It's G3 Me Now, G4 Me Later - The Price/Performance Equation - XLR8 offers the first G4 upgrade deal to hit the streets.
Using The Force - A Renewed Look At The PowerForce Upgrade Cards From PowerLogix - PowerLogix's cards come under our scrutiny this time.
XLR8 Your Mac, Pedal To The Metal - The New Price Performance Equation For September! - New price cuts from XLR8 means it is time for us to run the numbers again, vroom, vroom.......
Keeping Up With NewerTech's CPU Upgrades - The Price/Performance Equation - We have been ignoring NewerTech's G3 upgrades for too long. In this information page we rectify the situation.
It Cost $59 In 1995 And Today Cost Only $3 - The Amazing Saga Of Apple's Professional PowerBooks - The price/performance equation for Apple's professional PowerBooks has fallen dramatically over the last few years. We take a look at what you get now as compared to 1995.
Prices On Sonnet's Fast G3 Cards Cut Again - The Price/Performance Equation - We track what these new cuts by Sonnet will mean to you in terms of performance and the price you will pay for that performance.
Two New Screaming G3 Cards Push The Performance Envelope - The Price/Performance Equation - Sonnet has come out with two fast new cards. One for PCI based Macs and the other for NuBus Macs. We compare the performance of the cards to the machines they are intended for and explore how much each unit of performance is going to cost you.
XLR8 Your Mac And Accelerate Your Mac - The New Price Performance Equation! - XLR8 has reduced the prices of their CPU upgrade cards to coincide with the start of Macworld. We take a look at the performance of each card and compare it to the performance of the machines they are intended for. We also look at the price/performance ratio of each card - how much each unit of performance will cost you.
Three Fast Cards At Lower Prices - Sonnet's G3 Upgrades And The Price/Performance Equation - Sonnet has lowered the price again on three of its upgrade cards, two G3s and a PPC. We take a look at what these upgrades will mean to you in terms of performance and at the price/performance ratio of each card.
Can The Little Taxi Make It Up The Hill - A Performance Review Of The iCab Browser - the new iCab browser for the Mac has created a lot of buzz for being light on System resources and fast to boot. We put the browser through its paces and wonder why anyone, from a performance standpoint, would stick with Explorer.
iMac Clone vs The Real Thing - A Performance Evaluation - we compare the putative performance of Future Power's iMac knock off, the E-Power, to the genuine article. However we think the same day Apple sends a note thanking Future Power for the flattery, Apple's lawyer's will hand the company a summons - with a smile of course.
Formula One Performance At Pedestrian Prices - Mactell Upgrades And The Price/Performance Equation - We explore how Mactell's recent price cuts on their processor upgrade cards will effect both you machine and pocketbook.
Fast Cards And Lower Prices - Sonnet's G3 Upgrades And The Price/Performance Equation - Sonnet has lowered the prices on two of its G3 processor upgrade cards for PCI Macs. We take a look at how they will perform in the machines they are intended for and what the price/performance ratio is for each card.
A Closer Look at XLR8's Cache Boosting Software - We take a second, closer, look at XLR8's software package that allows you to bump the speed of your backside cache. We ran MacBench and "real world" tests with various cache settings. Our results were surprising.
The Performance Edge: Revision "D" iMac/333Mhz Performance Compared to Twentyfive Currently Shipping and Past PowerMacs - We take this little gem and stack it up against all the current benchmark results we have
Sonnet Has Cut The Prices Of It's CPU Cards Again, But What Does That Mean To You In Terms Of Performance/Price? - Isn't it fun to watch a manufacture whack a $100 or so off some of their high-end cards every few weeks or so? Sonnet has stepped up to the plate once again with their G3 cards for NuBus based Macs. We provide you with the low-down and have a couple of handy graphs to show you how their cards will perform in the machines they are intended for and a price performance graph comparing the cards.
A 20% Speed Improvement For Your G3 Machine Though Simple Software! - XLR8 have improved their Cache "speed boosting" control panel to include Apple's G3 machines and Macs upgraded with G3 upgrade cards from all the major manufacturers. We have the scoop and some preliminary benchmarks.
The Performance Edge: Sonnet Has Cut The Prices Of It's CPU Cards But What Does That Mean To You In Terms Of Performance? - Just how much bang will you get for less bucks?
The Falling Price/Performance Ratio Of The Professional PowerMacs - Things Have Never Been Better. Computer performance improves and prices fall - its a constant refrain. But by how much? We look at the price/performance ratio of PowerMacs from mid 1995 to the present.
The Performance Edge: Getting B&W G3/400Mhz Performance Out Of Your Pokey 603e Based Machine. We take a first look at the Sonnet Crescendo G3/L2 400Mhz upgrade card designed to fit into the L2 cache slot of certain Macintoshes. You'll find a short overview and comparative performance benchmarks
How Much Difference Does Having Faster "Backside" Cache Make - A Performance Review - last time Mike looked at how the size of the Backside Cache effects performance, this time he looks at how the speed of the cache effects the efficiency of the processor.
Much Difference Does Having a Big "Backside" Cache Make
- A Performance Review. Mike Juhaus asks - "How much of a
difference does the size of your backside cache make? We were curious
about this and the loan of two Sonnet Crescendo 300Mhz processor upgrade
cards, one with 512K of backside cache and one with 1MB, gave us a
chance to run some tests and find out. "