The Performance Edge: Price Cuts Up To $170 - XLR8 Upgrade Card Price Drops And The New Price Performance Equation

Monday, October 16, 2000

XLR8 has reduced the prices up to $170 on many of their processor upgrade cards . This includes a card for PCI Macs and G4 Zif cards for G3 PowerMacs. Using the XLR8 CarrierZIF Upgrade Adapter any PCI Mac can use ZIF socket upgrades, expanding the choice of G3/G4 upgrades for pre G3, PCI capable machines. 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. Note it may take several week for these new prices to show up at retailers.

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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 G4/450 Carrier w/ MPe Zif Old Price $699 New Price $649

MACh Carrier G4/400 Carrier w/ MPe Zif Old Price $599 New Price $549

MACh Carrier G4/350 Carrier w/ MPe Zif Old Price $539 New Price $469

MACh Carrier G3/500 Old Price $679 New Price $579

MACh Carrier G3/466 Old Price $539 New Price $479

MACh Carrier G3/400 Old Price $409 New Price $379

MACh Carrier G3/366 Old Price $359 New Price $349

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 G4Z/400/200/1MB Old Price $599 New Price $449

MACh Speed G4Z/350/175/1MB Old Price $539 New Price $399

 

Power Mac G3 desktops
G3 Towers
G3 Servers
G3 All-in-one
Blue & White G3s

And with 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 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.

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

XLR8 Reduces Prices Lower prices and future upgrade options. . . it must be XLR8

Atlanta, October 13 th 2000: XLR8, the leading manufacturer of Macintosh upgrade and
expansion products, today announced price reductions across the award winning upgrade and USB
product range. The new prices represent savings of up to 33% on the previous suggested retail price.
For example the MACh Speed G4z 450 MHz has been reduced from $ 699 to $ 529 a massive saving of
$ 170 ( -25% ) , and the MACh Speed G4z 400 is now $ 449 saving $ 150 ( -24% ) .

The price reductions have also been applied to the award winning Point& Scroll USB scrolling
mouse, Dual Port 2 port PCI USB card and the USB Performance Package. . It is now possible to
Point& Scroll for less than $ $ 20 ( -33% ) !

The international award winning XLR8 MACh Speed upgrade cards are the only cards on the
market that offer the user a future upgrade path, protecting their investment. XLR8 s patent pending
MACh Carrier cards can be upgraded to future faster zif cards as they become available. All G4
processors shipped by XLR8 are now Multi-processing enabled ( MPe) allowing them to be used in
XLR8 s soon to be released dual processor MACh Velocity upgrades cards. Users buying a MAChSpeed
G4ZIF Mpe will be able to purchase the MP MACh Velocity card for selected Macs and a
second MACh Speed G4ZIF Mpe to really make the Mac fly.

Since the purchase of XLR8 by Tripp Lite of Chicago, we have re-located our manufacturing,
development and shipping all under one roof, within the Atlanta facility , said Jack Kolk, VP and
General Manager of XLR8. Relocation and increased investment in manufacturing have resulted in
reduced costs, which we are now passing on to our customers.

MACh Carrier G3 Cards Old SRP New SRP
366 MHz MACh Carrier G3Card $ 359.00 $ 349.00
400 MHz MACh Carrier G3Card $ 409.00 $ 379.00
466 MHz MACh Carrier G3 Card $ 539.00 $ 479.00
500 MHz MACh Carrier G3 Card $ 679.00 $ 579.00

MACh Speed G4 ZIF MPe
350 MHz MACh Speed G4 ZIF MPe $ 539.00 $ 399.00
400 MHz MACh Speed G4 ZIF MPe $ 599.00 $ 449.00 1

450 MHz MACh Speed G4 ZIF MPe $ 699.00 $ 529.00
500 MHz MACh Speed G4 ZIF MPe $ 849.00 $ 729.00

MACh Carrier G4 ( w/ MPe ZIF
350 MHz MACh Carrier G4 w/ MPe ZIF $ 539.00 $ 469.00

400 MHz MACh Carrier G4 w/ MPe ZIF $ 599.00 $ 549.00
450 MHz MACh Carrier G4 w/ MPe ZIF $ 699.00 $ 649.00

USB peripherals
Point and Scroll Mouse Putty, , Black or Ice 29.95 19.95

USB Performance Bundle ( Scrolling mouse, Dual Port) 59.95 49.95
Dual Port USB PCI card 39.95 29.99

For more information about XLR8 s CPU upgrades and other XLR8 products a complete
information resource is available at www. xlr8. com. 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 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, MacPartner, VP Computer, Pabst and Jigsaw.

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.