The Performance Edge: Five Days And Counting, Get Them While They're Hot - Metabox Upgrades And The Price/Performance Equation

Sunday, December 10, 2000

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. Below we explore what performance gain you will see with these cards installed in the machines they are made for. We also take a comparative look at the price/performance equation of each card.


New Prices and the Machines The Cards Are Intended For

joeCARD Z G4/500/250/1MB
Old Price $750 New Price $699

joeCARD Z G4/450/225/1MB
Old Price $530 New Price $499

joeCARD Z G4/400/200/1MB
Old Price $369 New Price $339

joeCARD Z G3/500/250/1MB
Old Price $369 New Price $339

 

Metabox G3/G4 upgrade cards are compatible with the following Macintosh models:

For the Beige G3 and Blue G3, and PCI G4 (Sawtooth)

joeCARD PCI G4/450/225/1MB
Old Price $530 New Price $499

joeCARD PCI G4/400/200/1MB
Old Price $369 New Price $339

joeCARD PCI G3/500/250/1MB
Old Price $369 New Price $339

joeCARD PCI G3/400/200/1MB
Old Price $269 New Price $239

 

Metabox G3/G4 upgrade cards are compatible with the following Macintosh models:

- Apple Power Macintosh 7300, 7500, 7600, 8500, 8600*, 9500, 9600*,

- umax Pulsar and derivates,

- Power Computing PowerWave and PowerTowerPro

* not compatibile with models that used Apples Inline Cache(most 9600/300, 9600/350, 8600/250, and 8600/300)


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What kind of performance gain are you getting for the money you'll be shelling out for the various cards?......

Scores marked in Red indicate this information was provided by Metbox. Scores Marked in Blue indicate that this information was independently verified by MacSpeedZone. ** Note that MacBench does not take advantage of the Velocity Engine (AltiVec instructions) of the G4. For AltiVec accelerated applications you can see a 2 to 4 times performance improvement over the G3, depending on the application and the functions you are trying to perform.

 

And how much do you pay per performance point (price divided by performance score) ....

Have questions about these upgrades? Post your questions below.

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Press Release

Met@box offers a Holiday Rebate on the new MetaDrive* Express Firewire* line of portable harddrives
and the joeCARD* processor upgrades for MacIntosh* OS based systems . 

  Met@box is now shipping a portable line of Firewire or IEEE1394 compatible portable 2.52 drives. The drives
  are currently available in 10GB, 20GB and 30GB formats and are compatible with Mac OS version 8.6 or greater
  and Windows 98SE or greater. According to Clint Giles, President of Metabox Corporation, 3Firewire or
  IEEE1394 is quickly becoming the standard for the convergence of the electronics industry from Apple and PC
  Computers to Consumer Electronics and eventually Digital Set-Top Boxes and Digital TV. With the proliferation
  of digital video and music you have to have a place to keep it all, and the convenience, ease of use and
  stability of the Firewire platform are unsurpassed2. Met@box offers the lowest price available after rebates on
  the portable 2.52 Firewire harddrives. Owners of PCI based Apple or Apple clones and Apple Beige or Blue &
  White G31s can now experience an even greater value by taking advantage of our mail-in rebate program to
  save an extra $30 to $80 dollars on processor upgrades for the MacIntosh or MacIntosh clones. For a
  complete compatibility list check the website at www.metaboxUSA.com. 

  Met@box offers the lowest price available after rebates on the portable 2.52 Firewire harddrives. Owners of
  PCI based Apple or Apple clones and Apple Beige or Blue & White G31s can now experience an even greater
  value by taking advantage of our mail-in rebate program to save an extra $30 to $80 dollars on processor
  upgrades for the MacIntosh or MacIntosh clones. For a complete compatibility list check the website at
  www.metaboxUSA.com.

  Met@box products are available at Outpost.com, Other World Computing, Small Dog Electronics, soon to be
  MacWarehouse, other fine retailers and the Met@box on-line store.

  Metabox Corporation is a subsidiary of a publicly traded German company, Metabox AG. Metabox AG1s primary
  focus in Europe is their state of the art internet set-top box. 

  To learn more about Metabox visit the website, www.metaboxUSA.com or contact us at 512-320-9145.
  Metabox AG is listed on the Neuer Stock Exchange; www.neuer-markt. de under the symbol; mbx .

  The Met@box logo and joeCARD are registered trademarks of Metabox AG. All other product names are
  trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.