The Performance Edge: Get Them While They're Hot- What Sonnet's Price Cuts Mean To You

Monday, December 4, 2000

Sonnet has come out with a series of prices cuts of up to $100 on 3 of its G3 upgrade cards; one for PCI based Macs, one for Zif Macs and one cache slot G3 upgrade. The prices for the Encore upgrade (zif) and the cache slot upgrade are new permanent prices, however the G3/500 upgrade for PCI based Macs is good only for the month of October... at the end of October the price goes back to $500.

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

Note: It may be some days after this is posted that new prices will be reflected at retailers

Encore G4/500/250/1M
Old Price $799.95 New Price $699.95

Encore G4/400/200/1M
Old Price $499.95 New Price $399.95

Power Mac G3 desktops
G3 Towers
G3 Servers
All-In-One
Blue & White G3s

Crescendo G4/PCI 450/275/1M
Old Price $599.95 New Price $499.95

Crescendo G4/PCI 400/200/1M
Old Price $499.95 New Price $399.95

Crescendo G3/PCI 400/200/512K
Old Price $249.95 New Price $199.95

 

Power Mac 7300, 7500, 7600, 8500, 8515, 8600, 9500, 9515, 9600
Workgroup Server 7350, 8550, 9650
Power Computing PowerTower Pro, PowerWave
UMAX J700/S900
DayStar Genesis 360, 400, 528, 600, 720, 800, 900, 932
Mactell XB-Pro

 

Crescendo G3/L2 400/200/512K Old Price $399.95 New Price $349.95

Crescendo G3/L2 350/175/1M Old Price $349.95 New Price $299.95

Crescendo G3/L2 300/150/512K Old Price $249.95 New Price $199.95

Power Mac 4400, 5400, 5500*, 6400, 6500*, 7220
Performa 5400, 5410, 5420, 5430, 5440, 6360, 6400, 6410, 6420
20th Anniversary Mac*
Power Computing PowerBase Desktop
Motorola StarMax 3000, 4000

* The Crescendo G3/L2 500/1M will support only Mac models that have a 50 MHz bus speed as indicated with asterisk.

Crescendo G3/Nubus 300/150/1MB
Old Price $299.95 New Price $249.95

Crescendo G3/Nubus 266/133/1MB
Old Price $249.95 New Price $209.95

Crescendo G3/Nubus 250/125/512K
Old Price $199.95 New Price $169.95

 

Sonnet■s Crescendo G3 upgrade card is compatible with the following Macintosh models:

Power Mac 6100, 7100, 8100, 8115;

Performa 6110, 6112, 6115, 6116, 6117, 6118;

Workgroup Server 6150, 8150, 9150;

Radius System 100, 81/110.

Previous Sonnet Prices

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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 Sonnet. Scores Marked in Blue indicate that this information was independently verified by MacSpeedZone.

 

 

 

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

Previous Sonnet Price/Performance Numbers

Have questions about these upgrades? Ask our experts below.

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Press Release


SONNET DROPS PRICE TO $399 ON G3 500 MHZ UPGRADES

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA   October 2, 2000. Sonnet Technologies, the worldwide market share
leader in processor upgrade cards for Apple Macintosh─ computers, is offering special
pricing of $399.95 on 500 MHz Crescendo G3 upgrades for the PCI Macs.  This special
pricing on the 500 MHz Crescendo G3/PCI is for the month of October only and will go
back to the price of $499.95 after October 31. 
Sonnet is also lowering its prices on the 500 MHz Encore G3 for Power Mac G3s to
$399.95, and the 400 MHz Crescendo G3/L2 to $349.95. These prices will remain intact
until the next Sonnet price drop on these specific products is announced. By offering
these substantial and periodic price reductions, Sonnet Technologies maintains its
market leadership by setting the best price/performance standard for G3 and G4
processor upgrades.

Crescendo G3/PCI 500/1M         $399.95 (was $499.95, and will be back at this price
as of November 1, 2000)
Sonnet■s full line for Crescendo G3 and G4 PCI cards are compatible with the following
Macintosh models:
- Power Mac 7300, 7500, 7600, 8500, 8515, 8600, 9500, 9515, 9600
- Workgroup Server 7350, 8550, 9650     - Power Computing PowerCenter*, PowerCenter
Pro*, PowerCurve*, PowerTower*,   PowerTower Pro, PowerWave
- UMAX J700/S900
- DayStar Genesis 360, 400, 528, 600, 720, 800, 900, 932
- Mactell XB-Pro        
(* Compatible with Crescendo G3/PCI cards only.)
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Encore G3/ZIF 500/1M            $399.95 (was $499.95)
Sonnet's full line of Encore G3 and G4 cards are compatible with the following
Macintosh models:
- G3 All-in-one
- G3 Blue & White
- G3 Desktop
- G3 Mini Tower - G3 Server
- G4 Graphite
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Crescendo G3/L2 400/1M          $349.95 (was $399.95)
Sonnet■s full line for Crescendo G3/L2 cards for "upgrade-challenged" Macs are
compatible with the following Macintosh models:

- Power Mac 5400, 5500, 6400, 6500
- Performa 5410, 5420, 5430, 5440, 6360, 6400, 6410, 6420, 6430, 6440
- 20th Anniversary Mac
- Power Computing PowerBase
- UMAX C500, C600, C600X.

OS X
Sonnet has recently restated its commitment to OS X compatibility for its PCI and ZIF
upgrades, including the 500 MHz models discussed in this press release. Full details
are available from the Sonnet website. Please refer to: 
http://www.sonnettech.com/news/macosx_update.html

Sonnet Metronome
Every Sonnet processor upgrade includes the Metronome Profiler Utility software,
giving users useful system performance information such as processor type, speed, and
bus speed.

Simply Fast─
Sonnet products are guaranteed to operate reliably over variations of machine, time
and temperature.   The Sonnet Presto, Crescendo, Encore, Tempo, and Tango cards work
in every compatible Macintosh without the need for the antiquated methods of hardware
configuration. The ability to move an upgrade card from one machine to another without
the need to tweak any jumpers, switches or control panels is a significant advantage
to resellers and organizations that want to maximize their flexibility, while
minimizing the long term technical support requirements. Sonnet cards have unequaled
ease-of-installation and reliability, and are Simply Fast─. 
About Sonnet Technologies, Inc.
Sonnet Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Irvine, California, is the worldwide
market share leader in processor upgrade cards for Apple Macintosh─ computers. Founded
in 1986, Sonnet upgrades more Macintosh models with processor upgrade cards than any
other company. Sonnet processor upgrade products are easy to install, are backed by a
three-year warranty, include free technical support, and require no switches, jumpers,
or control panels. To locate an authorized reseller or purchase product, visit the
Sonnet Technologies web site at , or call the company at
1-800-786-6260 (USA and Canada) or 1-949-587-3500
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