The Performance Edge: XLR8 Has Cut Prices Across Its Produt Line - The New Upgrade Card Price/Performance Equation

Monday, January 22, 2001

XLR8 has, dropped prices up to $130 across its product line and come out with a variety of dual processor G4 upgrade cards for 604e based Mac and native G3/G4 machines. Price Cuts are on the following line of upgrades: MACh Speed G3Z, MACh Carrier G3, MACh Speed G4 ZIF MPe, MACh Carrier G4 MPe Single, MACh Carrier G4 MPe DUO, MACh Velocity G4 MPe SOLO and MACh Velocity G4 MPe DUO

The Carrier Zif card contains a removable Zif processor that can be used independently in native G3 machines. So you could, in theory, remove the G4 MHz Zif processor from an XLR8 card, pop it into your 233, 266 or 300 MHz G3 machine (if you have one), and put the Zif processor from your G3 machine onto the Carrier card, and pop that into your pre-G3 Power Mac. Now you have upgraded two Machines for the price of one.

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

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New MSRP Prices and the Machines The Cards Are Intended For

*Note it may take several days for these new prices to show up in retailers*

MACh Carrier G3/500/250/1MB Old Price $579 New Price $469

MACh Carrier G3/450/225/1MB Old Price $479 New Price $399

MACh Carrier G3/400/200/1MB Old Price $379 New Price $359

MACh Carrier MPe G4/450/225/1MB Old Price $649 New Price $529

MACh Carrier MPe G4/400/200/1MB Old Price $549 New Price $479

 

MACh Carrier Dual MPe G4/450/225/1MB New Price $1,219

MACh Carrier Dual MPe G4/400/200/1MB New Price $1,119

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
UMAX J700/S900
DayStar Genesis 720, 800, 900, 932
Millennium.

MACh Speed G3Z/500/250/1MB Old Price $499 New Price $399

MACh Speed G3Z/450/225/1MB Old Price $399 New Price $349

MACh Speed G3Z/400/200/1MB Old Price $299 New Price $289

 

MACh Speed MPe G4Z/500/250/1MB Old Price $729 New Price $599

MACh Speed MPe G4Z/450/225/1MB Old Price $529 New Price $449

MACh Speed MPe G4Z/400/200/1MB Old Price $449 New Price $399

 

MACh Velocity MPe G4Z/500/250/1MB New Price $849

MACh Velocity MPe G4Z/450/225/1MB New Price $699

MACh Velocity MPe G4Z/400/200/1MB New Price $649

 

MACh Velocity Dual MPe G4Z/500/250/1MB New Price $1,449

MACh Velocity Dual MPe G4Z/450/225/1MB New Price $1,149

MACh Velocity Dual MPe G4Z/400/200/1MB New Price $1,049

Power Mac G3 desktops
G3 Towers
G3 Servers
G3 All-in-one
Blue & White G3s
ZIF based G4 systems

Also can be used in the following machines when combined with a XLR8 CarrierZIF Upgrade Adapter

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
UMAX J700/S900
DayStar Genesis 720, 800, 900, 932
Millennium.

 

Previous Prices for XLR8 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?......

Bear in mind that MacBench 4.0 does not use the special AltiVec instructions of the G4 processor. Nor does it make use of a second processor in dual processor configurations. So the scores below will not show the improved performance of the G4 over the G3 for applications written to take advantage of the G4 and/or dual processors. In our testing using AltiVec savvy applications we have seen between 38% to 128% performance improvement when using a G4 over that of the G3. For more information see below.

The scores below are relative to the performance of the slowest machine which receives a score of 100%. Higher scores mean better performance.

Some of the scores below as based on estimates.....your mileage may vary.


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XLR8 Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The best upgrades now a better value!
…XLR8 lowers prices by up to $130.00 on popular upgrades and adds multiprocessing lines.

Atlanta, GA, USA. January 17, 2001: XLR8 the leading manufacturer of Macintosh upgrade and expansion products today announced lower pricing across its award winning range of G3 and G4 MPe upgrades.
The new prices available from today allow users to upgrade their Macintosh today to G3 from $289 (for a 400MHz MACh Speed G3 ZIF) or take the first step on the road to multiprocessing from $399 (for a 400Mhz MACh Speed G4 MPe ZIF). For owners of 7300 – 9600 class Macs (and Clones) the prices start at $359 (for a 400MHz MACh Carrier G3) and a single processor MACh Carrier G4 MPe now starts at $479 (for the 400MHz).
Investing in a G4 ZIF MPe now guarantees you entry into the multiprocessing arena tomorrow, just add a MACh Velocity Solo at the speed of your choice. Because of the revolutionary design of XLR8’s upgrades you can mix and match products to get the best for your needs. “No longer must you be tied to an upgrade that you buy today. Our philosophy is to make each component of a system re-useable and therefore protect your investment” said Simon Ellson, Managing Director of XLR8’ EMEA operation. “First the MACh Carrier product family and now the MACh Velocity MPe family mean you have many ways to get the most from your investment. In Europe the concept of removing the processor from a G3 or B&W and placing it on a MACh Carrier for re-use in a low end machine has really taken. XLR8 has long used the slogan 2 upgrades for the price of one, and this continues to be true, it’s an even better value now.”
XLR8 has been able to reduce the pricing on our upgrade cards following the latest volume pricing from our suppliers, largely due to our increasing worldwide market share. It has always been XLR8’s policy to pass these savings on to our customers so that our upgrades are always the best value today and in the future, through our innovative technology.

Product Name New SRP Old SRP Saving
G3 ZIF Cards
400 MHz MACh Speed G3Z $289.00 $299.00 $10.00
450/466 MHz MACh Speed G3Z $349.00 $399.00 $50.00
500 MHz MACh Speed G3Z $399.00 $499.00 $100.00

G3 MACh Carrier Cards
400 MHz MACh Carrier G3 $359.00 $379.00 $20.00
450 MHz MACh Carrier G3 $399.00 $479.00 $80.00
500 MHz MACh Carrier G3 $469.00 $579.00 $110.00

G4 ZIF MPe Cards – Single Processor
400 MHz MACh Speed G4 ZIF MPe $399.00 $449.00 $50.00
450 MHz MACh Speed G4 ZIF MPe $449.00 $529.00 $80.00
500 MHz MACh Speed G4 ZIF MPe $599.00 $729.00 $130.00

G4 MACh Carrier G4 MPe Card – Single Processor
1x 400 MHz MACh Carrier G4 MPe $479.00 $549.00 $70.00
1x 450 MHz MACh Carrier G4 MPe $529.00 $649.00 $120.00

New Product pricing:
G4 MACh Carrier G4 MPe Card – (DUO) Dual Processor
2x 400 MHz MACh Carrier G4 MPe $1,119.00 New
2x 450 MHz MACh Carrier G4 MPe $1,219.00 New

G4 MACh Velocity G4 MPe Card – (SOLO) Single Processor (with free slot for a second of your choice)
1x 400 MHz MACh Velocity G4 MPe $649.00 New
1x 450 MHz MACh Velocity G4 MPe $699.00 New
1x 500 MHz MACh Velocity G4 MPe $849.00 New

G4 MACh Velocity G4 MPe Card – (DUO) Dual Processor
2x 400 MHz MACh Velocity G4 MPe $1,049.00 New
2x 450 MHz MACh Velocity G4 MPe $1,149.00 New
2x 500 MHz MACh Velocity G4 MPe $1449.00, New


About XLR8

XLR8 is a Macintosh focused wholly owned subsidiary of Tripp Lite, a 78 year old company and leader in the power protection industry. XLR8® products are available through computer superstores, mass merchants, wholesale distributors, resellers and online catalogs worldwide, including the following: Club Mac, Bottom Line Distributors, Cyberian Outpost, Ingram Micro, MacGurus, MacMall, MacWarehouse, MacWorks, MacZone, MicroCenter, Pinacor, OtherWorld Computing, Small Dog Electronics, CLG Informatique, MagicMac, MacWay, MacPartner, VP Computer, Pabst and many other fine resellers.

XLR8 brand products now lead the Mac industry with innovation, superior engineering, compatibility and performance. XLR8 Product offerings include it Macintosh processor upgrades families - the MACh Speed G3 & G4 ZIF, MACh Carrier G3 & G4, and CarrierZIF in addition to it’s Digital Capture products – InterView and Interview PCI and it’s Peripherals - USB Performance Package, Point&Scroll Mouse, DualPort USB, and many soon to be announced products for the Mac enthusiast. XLR8 products are available worldwide. XLR8 maintains a full information resource center on the Internet at www.xlr8.com. XLR8's CPU products are backed by the XLR8's exclusive Performance Trade-Up Program. All products are backed a full two-year limited warranty and a 30-day money back guarantee through authorized dealers.
XLR8, Inc.

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