The Performance Edge: It's Two, Two,Two Upgrades In One - XLR8's 466MHz Carrier Zif Card And The New Price/Performance Equation

Monday, November 13, 2000

XLR8 has, with Christmas in mind, reduced the price of it's Carrier Zif G3/466/233/1MB for PCI PowerMacs by $100.

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 466 MHz Zif processor from the 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.

Of course you end have the same amount of raw processing power that you would have if you just put the unaltered XLR8 card directly into your pre-G3 Power Mac, but it would make more sense to follow the scenario outlined above if it is applicable to your situation.

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 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 G3/466/233/1MB Old Price $499 New Price $399

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

Previous Prices for XLR8 cards


What kind of performance gain are you getting for the money you'll be shelling out for the various cards?......

Blue scores indicated that performance information was independently verified by MacSpeedZone. Scores in red were supplied by the manufacturer.

Bear in mind that MacBench 4.0 does not use the special AltiVec instructions of the G4 processor and 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. In our testing using AltiVec savvy applications we have seen between 1 to 5 times performance improvement when using a G4 over that of the G3.

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

Previous Price/Performance Equation for XLR8 cards

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XLR8 Press Release

For Immediate Release

November 13, 2000

XLR8(r) Christmas Crackers!
Mind Blowing pricing AND future upgrade options... it must be XMAS XLR8!

Atlanta, GA, USA. November 10th 2000: XLR8 the leading manufacturer of Macintosh upgrade and expansion products earlier this month announced a price re-alignment across the award winning upgrade and USB product range. 

Today it is pleased to offer its customers special pricing on one of the world's most highly rated G3 Upgrades. These price specials are offered for a limited time through our normal sales outlets.

The special pricing covers our International award winning Carrier Zif product combined with a 466Mhz processor, known as a Mach Carrier G3/466/233/1 it allows the user to upgrade a 7300-9600 class machine, or to upgrade 2 machines with the one product. Users who have Beige or Blue & White G3 and a 7300-9600 machine can take advantage of our exclusive ability to upgrade two machines for the price of one. Simply remove the new 466Zif (from the carrier) to upgrade their G3, and then place the older Zif onto the Carrier card for installation into a 7300-9600 class machine... simple!

"This special pricing together with the 2in1 upgrade offer XLR8 customers an outstanding solution for their ageing Macs." David Marsden, National Sales Manager said, "The 466Mhz G3 MACh Carrier is one of out most popular upgrades, we just wanted to make it an even better deal, after all as we say at XLR8... faster is always better"

These Christmas Crackers are available until 24/12/2000.
Part Number Product Name Normal MSRP Special MSRP
Mach/GC3Z466/233/1 Mach Carrier 466/1 $499 $399

For more information about XLR8's CPU upgrades and other XLR8 products a complete information resource is available at XLR8 products are available through Mac resellers, online mail order as well as well as Macintosh distributors in each country in Europe.

XLR8 builds the most adaptable range of modular CPU upgrades available today, need a 'simple' installation, then it works right out of the box. Need more flexibility or want to 'tune' the CPU for your needs, then set it up the way you want it. This is the premier upgrade that suits everyone.


About XLR8

XLR8 is a Macintosh focused wholly owned subsidiary of Tripplite Manufacturing, a 17-year leader in the connectivity and 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, MacPartner, VP Computer, Pabst and Jigsaw.

XLR8 brand products now lead the Mac industry with superior engineering, compatibility and performance. XLR8 Product offerings include: the MACh Speed G3 & G4 ZIF, MACh Carrier G3, CarrierZIF, the InterView, 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 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. Award-winning tools to perform and createž on the Mac!