Product Watch: Sonnet Breaks The Blue & White G4 Barrier And Announces New Upgrade Cards
Sonnet's G4 Upgrades All Blue & White G3s
Sonnet says that it has quietly stocked resellers with with G4 upgrade cards for PCI based PowerMac and they should be available at your favorite dealer. The Sonnet Crescendo G4 includes Altivec Enabling softare, Mac OS 9 Velocity Engine compatibility, Adobe Photoshop Altivec Plug-in Enabling software and Sonnet's Metronome Profiler Utility.
Altivec Enabling Software
According to Sonnet their Altivec Enabling software will give all applications access to the Altivec processing engine in the G4 processor.
Mac OS 9 Velocity Engine and Adobe Photosho0p Altivec Compatibility
Also Sonnet says that the Crescendo G4 Enabler fully supports the Apple Velocity Engine libraries included in Mac OS. The Adobe Photoshop 5.5 Altivec Plug-ins, Altivec Core, Lighting Effects as well as future Altivec plug-ins are also enabled with the Sonnet software. Scientific and audio/video authoring applications will also benefit significantly from the Crescendo G4 upgrade, according to Sonnet.
Sonnet cards are simple to install and require not switches or jumper settings. The cards will auto configure themselves to run at the maximum reliable speed possible based on the machine and rating of the processor.
MSRP for Sonnet G4 upgrades:
The Crescendo G4/PCI is compatible with the following machines:
- Power Mac 7300, 7500, 7600, 8500, 8515, 8600, 9500, 9515, 9600
Though Sonnet has made G4 upgrades that will significantly boost the performance of specialized applications they remain committed to the G3 lines of processor upgrades which Sonnet says they will continue to introduce faster G3 upgrades as the processors become available. Sonnet curently offers 500Mhz G3 upgrades for all PCI Power Macs, Power Mac 5500, 6500, 20th Anniversary Macs, and all G3 Macs at an estimated street price of $799.
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