The Performance Edge: "Hey Joe Have I Got A Card For You!" - Metabox G3/G4 Cards And The Price/Performance Equation

Thursday, November 2, 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 price cuts on 3 or their upgrades that are compatible with most PCI based Macintoshes.

In addition to selling G3 and G4 upgrade cards, Metabox also has a 2 lines of FireWire drives for sale.

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 G4/400/200/1MB
Price $369

joeCARD G3/500/250/1MB
Price $369

joeCARD G3/400/175/1MB
Price $269


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)


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.


Press Release

Met@ box drops prices on the joeCARD processor cards to make upgrading your 
Apple OS system the easy choice for the Holiday Season. 

Owners of PCI based Apple or Apple clones and Apple Beige or Blue & White G3's can 
now choose between G3 500Mhz or Altivec enabled G4 400Mhz processor upgrade cards 
for only $369.00. Additionally, the 400Mhz G3 with 1MB of backside cache for PCI 
machines is only $269.00. 

Metabox is committed to offering the best value for the money to the public in the US 
market. In addition to the cards listed above there are a limited number of closeout cards 
available for less than $150. These cards are for PCI based Apple or Apple clones and 
machines based on the Tanzania motherboard from Apple and Motorola. The closeouts 
and the full line of Metabox cards can be purchsed through Outpost. com, Other World 
Computing and at the Metabox on-line store. 

Tanzania based machines include the Apple 4400 series and Motorola Starmax series. 
PCI or daughtercard based machines include the Apple 7300, 8500, 8600, 9500, 9600, 
Umax SuperMac J700 and S900 and many of the PowerComputing line of MacOS 
Clones. For a complete compatibility list check the website at www. metaboxUSA. com. 

Metabox Corporation is a subsidiary of a publicly traded German company, Metabox 
AG. Metabox AG's 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 .