processor upgrades Graphics Cards

Umax C500/200 Processor Upgrade Page

Umax C500/200 Facts at a Glance

  • Processor: 603e, 200MHz
  • L2 Cache: 256k
  • Drive: 2GB IDE
  • Slots: 2 PCI
  • Installed RAM: 16MB, 144MB Max
  • RAM Slots: 2, 168-pin DIMM
  • Min RAM Speed: 70 ns
  • VRAM: 1MB (uses logic board RAM for video)
  • Optional 10baseT or 33.6k modem
  • CD-ROM: 8x (C500LT) or 12x (C500i, C500e)
  • Introduced: August '97
  • Original Price C500LT $995, C500i $1,095
    C500e $1,095

The Umax C500 represented the low end of Umax's lineup. The "C" series also included the C600 tower computers which offered an additional PCI slot as well as four free internal drive bays. Other offerings from Umax included the higher powered "J" and "S" series. The C500/200 was fourth in a series of five C500's starting with a 140MHz model and ending with the 240MHz. These computers were released in rapid succession and it seemed that as soon as you read a review of one model it was no longer available as Umax had released a successor. With the C500/200, Umax continued its strategy of offering three slightly different models. The C500/200LT was the bargain basement model and continued use of the slower 8X CD-ROM drive found in earlier C500's, whereas the C500e and C500i got a bump up to 12x. The C500/200LT also lacked both modem and Ethernet. The C500/200e offered Ethernet via one of the 2 available PCI slots. The C500/200i came bundled with a 33.6k external modem. Either option added $100 to the cost of the plain C500LT. All C500's came with an excellent SOHO software bundle which included; Grollier's Encyclopedia, Claris Works, Quicken, Now Utilities, Conflict Catcher, TechTool and Adobe's Page Mill to name a few.

As with previous C500's the 1MB of logic board VRAM cannot be upgraded making use of larger monitors or higher resolutions problematic. On the positive side, the L2 Cache was upgradeable to either 512k or 1MB with offerings available from several vendors. Umax also offered processor upgrades and a CacheDoubler card that fit into the (then) revolutionary processor ZIF slot. There are currently two different G3 upgrade paths for this machine, one via the ZIF slot and the other via the L2 Cache slot. Currently Newer Technology uses the L2 Cache and MacTell uses the ZIF slot. This poses an interesting question, is one option preferable over the other? Assuming you had two cards that are equal in all other respects (speed, ratio, cache size etc.) which would you choose? Visit our Discussion Board and tell us your thoughts on the matter...

Internal Links
Processor Card Upgrade Index
  • Graphics Card Upgrades Index
  • Upgrades By Machine
  • Hardware Index
  • Comparison of Processor Chip Speeds
  • Older Machine Benchmark Comparisons
  • Processor Upgrade Cards Manufacturers Links
  • External Links
  • Index of all online Macintosh hardware and software reviews
  • Processor Upgrade Reviews
  • EveryMac - Spec Page for the C500/180
  • LowEndMac - Information on the C500 Series

    Below you will find the MacBench 4.0 results for most of the processor upgrades available for this machine. These results are what the individual manufactures publish for their cards. In other words the speed trials were run by the manufacturer. For an independent evaluation of these cards check the Processor Upgrade Page to see if we have results available. The bar graphs below express results as a percentage of improvement over the base machine, which receives a score of 100%. Further down the page you will find a table with the actual MacBench score.

    MacBench Absolute Scores

    Processor Upgrade Card MacBench 4.0 Processor Score
    Umax C500/200 313
    Newer Technology MaxPower G3/220/110/512k 700
    MacTell GMax G3 240/240/512k 750
    Newer Technology MaxPower G3/300150/512k 975
    MacTell GMax G3 280/222/1MB 998
    Newer Technology MaxPower G3/300/200/1MB 1100
    Newer Technology MaxPower G3/400/200/1MB 1415