The Performance Edge: Three's A Charm - XLR8 Upgrade Card Price Drops And The New Price Performance Equation

12/16/99

XLR8 has reduced the prices on three of their processor upgrade cards. This includes a card for PCI Macs and two Zif cards for G3 PowerMacs. Using the XLR8 CarrierZIF Upgrade Adapter any PCI Mac can use ZIF socket upgrades, expanding the choice of G3 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

G3/400/200/1MB Old Price $519 New Price $479

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/450/225/1MB Old Price $1199 New Price $999

MACh Speed G3Z/450/225/1MB Old Price $599 New Price $529

 

 

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 2 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

Ready to spring for that G3 card yet? Ask the MacSpeedZone community how they like the G3 upgrade cards they have bought.

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================================================= X L R 8 P R E S S R E L E A S E ================================================= XLR8 CUTS PRICES! Record sales propel new product pricing. Macworld Expo, San Francisco, CA The XLR8 Product Division of Interex announced new lower pricing across its full line of products for US customers. Citing record sales volumes, and increased economies of scale cost reductions, XLR8 is passing new manufacturing cost savings to customers, effective January 5, 2000. According to Jack Kolk, VP and General Manager of XLR8, "This is a thrilling period in Mac history as users push CPU upgrades into the mainstream computer market. With millions of users needing additional performance, we are ready to deliver." A complete MSRP (Manufacturing Suggested Retail Price) list is available on the XLR8 website. Some examples of the new pricing are indicated below. MSRP cuts range from 8% to 22%. XLR8 products are available through all Mac resellers, online mail order as well as Ingram and Pinacor distribution - street pricing may vary. XLR8 Product Part No. Old New MSRP Savings CarrierZIF Upgrade Adapter MACh/GCZIF $ 179 $ 139 22% 450 MHz MACh Speed G3z MACh/G3Z450/1 $ 599 $ 529 13% InterView USB Video 1.0 USB-XIVN $99 $79 21% 450 MHz MACh Speed G4z MSZ74450/09X/225/1 $1199 $ 999 17% 400 MHz MACh Carrier G3 MACh/GC400/1 $ 519 $ 479 8% For more information about XLR81s CPU upgrades and other XLR8 products a complete information resource is available at www.xlr8.com. ### INTEREX, INC. www.interexinc.com www.xlr8.com ----------------------------------------------------------- Wichita: 8447 E35th North, Wichita, KS 67226 Phone: 316-636-5544, fax 316-636-4