The Performance Edge: PowerLogix Ships New Upgrade For G3 PowerBooks And We Look At the Price/Performance Equation!

Friday, October 20, 2000

PowerLogix is now shipping their Blue Chip G3/466 upgrade for Wallstreet and Mainstreet PowerBook G3s. A G3/500 upgrade is to follow in November.

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.

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New Prices and the Machines The Cards Are Intended For

Powerlogix Blue ChipG3/500/250/1MB - New Price: $699

Powerlogix Blue ChipG3/466/233/1MB - New Price: $599

Powerbook G3 Series 233 (no cache)
Powerbook G3 Series 233 (233/117/512K)
PowerBook G3 Series 250 (250/125/1Mb)
Powerbook G3 Series 266 (266/133/1Mb)
Powerbook G3 Series 292 (292/146/1Mb)
Powerbook G3 Series 300 (300/150/1Mb)

Previous Prices For PowerLogix Upgrade Cards

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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 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 2 - 5 times speed improvement over a similarly clocked G3 processor



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

Previous Price/Performance Equation For PowerLogix Cards

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PowerLogix Press Release

BLUECHIP G3 UPGRADES NOW SHIPPING, AUSTIN, TX --October 19, 2000 -- PowerLogix announced
       today the highly-anticipated BlueChip G3 processor upgrades for Wallstreet and Mainstreet PowerBook
       G3s are now shipping.

       "Currently, the 466MHz cards are available in limited quantities," said Robin Sharp, Marketing Director
       for PowerLogix R&D, Inc. "We expect the 500MHz models to begin shipping in November."

       The BlueChip G3 processor upgrade simply replaces the stock processor card. The user removes the stock
       processor card and installs the BlueChip upgrade in its place. The stock CPU card as well as the BlueChip
       are socketed and install easily following the included instructions.

       BlueChip Model List Price
       466/1mb $599
       500/1mb $699

POWERLOGIX ANNOUNCES WORLD'S FIRST 'TRUE' POWERBOOK G3 UPGRADE - BLUECHIP G3
       MACWORLD EXPO, NEW YORK CITY, BOOTH #1425 --July 19, 2000 -- PowerLogix announced today two
       new G3 processor upgrades for Wallstreet and Mainstreet PowerBook G3s. The new BlueChip G3 processor
       upgrades will be available in either 466Mhz or 500Mhz, both with 1mb of backside cache, in August.

       "Customers have told us that 466Mhz and 500Mhz G3 upgrades are the sweet spot in price and
       performance for PowerBook G3s," said Robin Sharp, Marketing Director for PowerLogix R&D, Inc.
       "PowerBook G3 users can get more than double the speed from the 500Mhz BlueChip G3 upgrade, and that's
       an excellent reason to upgrade that older PowerBook G3 Series."

       The BlueChip G3 processor upgrade simply replaces the stock processor card. The user removes the stock
       processor card and installs the BlueChip upgrade in its place. The stock CPU card as well as the BlueChip
       are socketed and install easily following the included instructions.

       Model CPU Score
       PowerBook G3 250 784
       PowerBook G3 500 1537
       BlueChip G3 500 1647

       The Blue Chip G3 upgrade card is compatible with the following Powerbook G3 Series computers:

       Powerbook G3 Series 233 (no cache)
       Powerbook G3 Series 233 (233/117/512K)
       PowerBook G3 Series 250 (250/125/1Mb)
       Powerbook G3 Series 266 (266/133/1Mb)
       Powerbook G3 Series 292 (292/146/1Mb)
       Powerbook G3 Series 300 (300/150/1Mb)

       Note: The Blue Chip G3 is not compatible with the original Macintosh Powerbook G3 (250/125/512), family
       number M3553. This model is not a G3 Series Powerbook.

       PowerLogix BlueChip G3 upgrades will be announced at a later date for PowerBook G3 'Bronze' Series.

       The BlueChip G3 500 ships with 1MB of backside cache running at 250 MHz; the 466 model has 1Mb of
       cache running at 233 MHz.

       BlueChip Model List Price
       466/1mb $599
       500/1mb $699

       For more information, contact PowerLogix R&D, Inc, 3921 Steck Avenue, A-105, Austin, Texas 78759,
       877-849-2504, Fax: (512) 795-2981, info@powerlogix.com, http://www@powerlogix.com.