The Performance Edge: G3 Upgrade Cards Fall Below $200 - The Price/Performance Equation For PowerLogix's Upgrade Card Price Cuts!

January 4, 2001

PowerLogix has reduced prices on 5 of their G3/G4 upgrade cards for both Zif and PCI based machines. They have also reduced the price to $139 on their RapidFire FireWire/USB combo PCI card which will work in most machines with a free PCI slot.

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

Powerlogix PowerForce G4/450/225/1MB - New Price: $499

Powerlogix PowerForce G3/500/250/1MB New Price: $399

Powerlogix PowerForce G3/350/175/512K Old Price: $199 New Price: $179

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

Workgroup Server 7350, 8550, 9650

Power Computing PowerCenter, PowerCenter Pro, PowerTower, PowerTower Pro, PowerWave, PowerCurve and PowerBase

UMAX J700 and S900

**Currently the G4 processor upgrades will not work in the PowerTower, PowerCenter, PowerCenter Pro or PowerCurve machines from PowerComputing.

Powerlogix PowerForce Zif G4/450/225/1MB New Price: $499

Powerlogix PowerForce Zif G3/500/250/1MB New Price: $399

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


Previous Prices For PowerLogix Upgrade 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 PowerLogix. 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. Check our full reviews of these upgrade for more information


And how much do you pay per performance point ................

Previous Price/Performance Equation For PowerLogix Cards

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PowerLogix Press Release

AUSTIN, TX --January 2, 2001 -- PowerLogix today announced price 
reductions on their innovative line of PowerForce G3 and G4 upgrades 
as well as the RapidFire FireWire/USB card.
The PowerForce G3 cards, awarded the honor of "Editor's Choice" by 
MacWorld Magazine, can be used to upgrade the 7300, 7500, 7600, 8500, 
8600, 9500, and 9600 models from Apple as well as Power Computing 
clones and the S900 and J700 from Umax.
PowerForce G3 New Price
350/175/512k $179
500/250/1mb $399
The PowerForce G4, awarded 4 Mice by MacWorld Magazine, is compatible 
with the standard set of Apple PowerMacs from the 7300 to the 9600; 
Power Computing PowerBase, PowerWave and PowerTower Pro; UMAX S900 
and J700. Power Computing Catalyst-based computers (PowerTower, 
PowerCenter,  PowerCenter Pro) are not compatible with the G4 
processor chip.
PowerForce G4 New Price
450/225/1mb  $499
The PowerForce G3 and G4 ZIF upgrades  are 100% compatible with all 
PowerMac G3s, including desktops, minitowers, the Blue and White G3, 
All-in-One educational model, as well as the PowerLogix ZForce ZIF 
PowerForce G3 ZIF New Price
500/250/1mb $399
PowerForce G4 ZIF New Price
450/225/1mb  $499
The PowerLogix RapidFire board is compatible with all PowerMacs with 
PCI slots, including the Apple 4400, 5400, 6400,  Performa 6500, 
Performa 6360/160, 7200, 7300,7500, 7600, 8500, 8600, 9500, and 9600. 
(It will also work in Blue and White and PowerMac G4s for users that 
need additional FireWire or USB ports.)  The PowerMac clones from 
Umax and all models from PowerComputing except the Power 100 and 200 
are also compatible with this new product.  A minimum of System 8.6 
is required.
RapidFire New Price  $139
PowerLogix R&D, Inc. is dedicated to providing innovative products 
like the PowerForce, iForce and BlueChip upgrades for  users 
interested getting the most performance out of their second 
generation and newer Apple PowerMacs and clones.  For more 
information, contact PowerLogix R&D, Inc, 3921 Steck Avenue, A-105, 
Austin, Texas 78759, 877-849-2504, Fax: (512) 795-2981,,