The Performance Edge: Ho, Ho, Ho Down The Prices Go - Newer Tech's Upgrades And The New Price/Performance Equation

Saturday, November 18, 2000

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.

Below we explore what performance gain you will see with these cards installed in the machines they are intended 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

MAXpowr G4/450/225/1MB
Old Price $649 New Price $549

MAXpowr G3/400/200/1MB
Old Price $349 New Price $299

Power Mac 7300, 7500, 7600, 8500, 8515, 8600, 9500, 9515, 9600

Power Computing: Power Curve**, Power Center**, Power Center Pro**, PowerTower**, PowerTower Pro, PowerWave

UMAX J700/S900

DayStar Genesis 360, 400, 528, 600, 720, 800, 900, 932 computers

** Of the Power Computing machines the G4 Card only works in PowerTower Pro & PowerWave. It works in all other non - Power Computing computers listed

MAXpowr G3/500/250/1MB
Old Price $399 New Price $379

MAXpowr G4/500/250/1MB
Old Price $799 New Price $749

MAXpowr G4/450/225/1MB
Old Price $549 New Price $499

Power Mac G3 desktops
G3 Towers
G3 Servers
Blue & White G3s

MAXpowr PDS G3/300-330/150-165/1MB (6100)
Old Price $349 New Price $249

Power Macintosh 6100/60, 6100/60AV, 6100/66, 6100/66AV , 6100/66 DOS Compatible***

***DOS card must be removed prior to MAXpowr G3 PDS installation.

MAXpowr L2 G3/400/200/1MB
Old Price $399 New Price $299

Power Macintosh: 4400, 5400 series, 5500, 6360, 6400 series, 6500 series

Power Computing: PowerBase

UMAX SuperMac: C500, C600, C600x

Motorola: StarMax 3000, 4000, 5000, 5500 series

Previous Prices For Newer Cards


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 Newer. Scores Marked in Blue indicate that this information was independently verified by MacSpeedZone. Also keep in mind that MacBench does not stress the G4's accelerated functions. For Applications that are accelerated for the G4 you can see up to a 1.5 - 5 times speed improvement over a similarly clocked G3 processor.

** The G4 cards will not work in all machines. See above for compatibility.



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

Previous Price/Performance Comparison For Newer Cards

Ready to spring for that G3 card yet? Ask our industry experts any questions you have or post your experiences.


Newer Press Release

Newer Rolls Out CORRECT Holiday Pricing Across The Product Line
Numerous holiday price reductions of as much as $100 for G3 & G4 CPU

WICHITA, KS, USA - November 20, 2000 - Newer Technology, the technology
leader in Apple [NASDAQ: AAPL] Macintosh CPU upgrades, announces their
first ever Holiday Sale on their line of the world's most highly rated G3
and G4 CPU upgrade cards. Improved pricing covers cards from 300MHz to
500MHz. Including cards utilizing Newer's award winning MAXpowr hardware
ROM compatibility circuitry. These are the only cards on the market that
are truly 100% compatible with Apple's 7300-9600 series of Power Macintosh

"We intend on bringing a little cheer to several thousand people with our
special Holiday Sale," stated John Nelson, Newer's iPresident. "These are
the most attractive prices ever offered on 100% ROM compatible G3 and G4
CPU upgrade cards. We are very excited by the prospect that our technically
superior CPU upgrade cards are now affordable to a significantly wider
range of customers".

Upgrades for the following computers are significantly lowered for Newer's
Holiday Sale:
- 6100 (all speeds), 6110, 6112, 6115, 6116, 6117, 6118, Workgroup Server
- 4400, 5400, 5410, 5420, 5430, 5440, 5500, 6360, 6400, 6410, 6420, 6430,
6440, 6500
- PowerBase (any style, any speed), StarMax 3000, 4000, 5000, 5500, 
- UMAX C500, C600, C600X, Apple 7220
- 7300, WGS 7350, 7500, 7600, 8500, 8515, WGS 8550, 8600, 9500, 9515, 9600,
- All Daystar Genesis and Millenium Series, UMAX J700, S900, Mactell XB-Pro
- PowerTower Pro, PowerTower, PowerCenter Pro, Power Center, PowerWave,
- PowerMac G3 Desktop beige, Mini Tower beige, All-In-One beige, Server
- PowerMac G3 Tower blue & white
- PowerMac G4 PCI Graphics ("Yikes" ZIF motherboard)

______________________________Newer Technology, Inc.
__________________________Holiday 2000 Super Sale Pricing
_________________Power Macintosh Processor Upgrades & Peripherals
_______________________________________ Early Nov. ______ Holiday
_______________________________________ Street Price    ____ Special Prices
MAXpowr G4-ZIF
450MHz/1MB/225MHz_____7MXMG450/225      ___________ $549 ___________    $499
500MHz/1MB/250MHz_____7MXMG500/250      ___________ $799 ___________    $749 **
PowerMac G3 (beige, all speeds); 
PowerMac G3 towers (blue/ice, all speeds)
___(450MHz cards are now priced as the year's best G4 buy) 

MAXpowr G3-ZIF
500MHz/1MB/250MHz_____7MXG+500/250      ____________ $399 __________    $379
PowerMac G3 (beige, all speeds);
PowerMac G3 towers (blue/ice, all speeds)
MAXpowr G4 PCI
450MHz/1MB/225MHz_____7MXAP450/225      ____________ $649 __________    $549
PowerMac 7300-9600; Many Clones
MAXpowr G3 PCI
400MHz/1MB/200MHz_____7MXP+400/200      ____________ $349 __________    $299 *
PowerMac 7300-9600; Most Clones
MAXpowr G3-L2
400MHz/1MB/200MHz_____7MXLB+400/200     ___________ $399 __________     $299 *
4400, 5400 series, 5500, 6360, 6400 series, 6500 series
PowerBase, UMAX C500, C600, C600x
StarMax 3000, 4000, 5000, 5500 series
MAXpowr G3 PDS 61XX Series
300MHz-330MHz/1MB/150MHz-165MHz_____7MXPD+6100 _ $349 _________ $249 *
6100, 6110, 6112, 6115, 6116, 6117, 6118, 6150
* Prices corrected from the Friday (11/17/00) Press Release Mailing.

PowerBook Docking Stations
PowerBook G3 (1999)     ____________________________ $199 __________    $99

Newer Technology Macintosh products are available worldwide through major
distributors, with North American distribution through Ingram-Micro as well
as through national resellers, value-added resellers, online sources and
mail order catalogs. Newer's USB products can be purchased through the more
than 800 Sears retail stores throughout North America. Newer Technology
products can also be purchased from Newer's online store at

MAXpowr Differences
MAXpowr G4 upgrades use Newer's exclusive SmartSet technology which allows
the processor upgrade to set its bus speed automatically - there are no
switches to tinker with. MAXpowr processor upgrades are set to run at the
optimum bus speed for fastest memory access  without adding wait states
that slow system performance, or push the memory beyond Apple's
specifications. Rather than artificially inflating the bus speed (important
only for older motherboard Level 2 cache access), MAXpowr processor
upgrades set the system bus at speeds that produce the least number of wait
states between the CPU and system memory. Patent-pending Compatibility
Circuitry on the MAXpowr upgrade provides the correct management of
speculative access so that users data is not at risk - without demanding
user input. MAXpowr G4 upgrades also correctly manage context switching -
where instructions processed by the AltiVec unit inside the G4 CPU are
executed successfully despite interrupts. If interrupted the instruction
results are not saved correctly therefore data is at risk of corruption.
There are a number of white papers on Newer Technology's website which
discuss these topics in great detail.

Newer Technology has consistently lead the development of processor
upgrades for Apple Macintosh computers. Newer's firsts include the first
Power Macintosh processor upgrade. The first G3 Power Mac processor upgrade
and the first G3 processor upgrade for the Power Mac 6100, 7100 and 8100
series as well as the iMac. MAXpowr upgrades are also the only upgrades to
feature a hardware solution for speculative access management. Newer
Technology has more than 15 years of experience and is the leading
developer of performance upgrades for Apple PowerBooks, desktop Apple
Macintosh computers and Mac OS compatibles. For more information, contact
Newer Technology, Inc., 4848 W. Irving Street, Wichita, KS 67209; phone: +1
316-943-0222; fax: +1 316/943-0555; e-mail:, or visit
the website at For international inquiries,
please contact