The Performance Edge: G4 Upgrade Cards Sprouting Like Mushrooms! - XLR8 Price Cuts And The New Price Performance Equation

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XLR8 has reduced the prices up to $120 on most of their line G4 processor upgrade cards. This includes cards for PCI Macs and a Zif cards for G3/G4 PowerMacs. Using the XLR8 CarrierZIF Upgrade Adapter any PCI Mac can use ZIF socket upgrades, expanding the choice of 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

XLR8 MACh Carrier G3 Upgrades

G4/350/225/1MB Old Price $719 New Price $599
G4/400/200/1MB Old Price $849 New Price $729
G4/450/225/1MB Old Price $1099 New Price $999

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/350/225/1MB Old Price $649 New Price $549
MACh Speed G4Z/400/200/1MB Old Price $799 New Price $679
MACh Speed G4Z/450/225/1MB Old Price $999 New Price $949

Power Mac G4s
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?......

* Keep in mind that MacBench does not stress the G4's accelerated functions. For Applications that are accelerated for the G4 you can see up to a 4 - 5 times speed improvement over a similarly clocked G3 processor. The scores below will not reflect this

*Estimated scores are based on our testing of other similar cards and should be considered a "rough" approximation of what a card would score.

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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For Immediate Release: March 21, 2000 ================================================= X L R 8 P R E S S R E L E A S E ================================================= XLR8 REDUCES PRICES ON G4 UPGRADES Expands product offerings, now shipping 450 MHz G4 Atlanta, GA Today, XLR8, the award-winning leader in Macintosh performance and peripherals, reduced pricing on their G4 upgrade product line and announced that they are now shipping 450 MHz G4 processor upgrades. In addition, XLR8 announced new products: the IceView USB Hub w/ Power Supply and G3 processor upgrades at 333 MHz speeds. Jack Kolk, VP and General Manager of XLR8 explains, "This price reduction represents the beginning of cost reductions for the G4 Processor and therefore more affordable G4 power for everyone. The more G4 processors installed in legacy machines is a win for everyone in the Mac market - Developers, users, and Apple. We at XLR8 are committed to continuing to provide even faster and cheaper processing power to the Macintosh community and growing the market for G4 enabled applications." New G4 upgrade pricing: 350 MHz MACh Carrier G4 1 MB Backside Cache @ 225 MHz now $599 was $719 400 MHz MACh Carrier G4 1 MB Backside Cache @ 200 MHz now $729 was $849 450 MHz MACh Carrier G4 1 MB Backside Cache @ 225 MHz now $999 was $1099 The above cards are compatible with Apple Power Macintosh 7300-9600, UMAX J700/S900, Power Computing PowerWave, PowerTower Pro, Daystar Genesis 720 and up and Millennium 350 MHz MACh Speed G4z 1 MB Backside Cache @ 225 MHz now $549 was $649 400 MHz MACh Speed G4z 1 MB Backside Cache @ 200 MHz now $679 was $799 450 MHz MACh Speed G4z 1 MB Backside Cache @ 225 MHz now $949 was $999 The above cards are compatible with all PowerMac G3 and PowerMac G4 systems The XLR8 G3 Upgrade product line has been re-aligned to include 333 MHz processors. XLR8 has discontinued its 300 MHz G3 upgrades, making the 333 MHz G3 the entry-level G3 processor speed. XLR8 has added an additional SKU to its USB products, the IceView USB Hub with power supply, MRSP $54.95. The IceView USB Hub, first introduced in November, is a four-port USB hub with an exclusive Loadmeter that monitors USB port usage. According to David Reynolds, XLR8 Product Manager, "The power supply was originally offered as 'optional', with a coupon to order a power supply. However, users that intend to connect USB peripherals that do not have individual external power sources, such as a USB floppy drive or USB scanner, will find that a power source is needed." XLR8 will continue to ship the non-powered version, MRSP $39.95. A complete MSRP (Manufacturing Suggested Retail Price) list is available at http://www.xlr8.com/pricelist. For more information about XLR81s CPU upgrades and other XLR8 products a complete information resource is available at http://www.xlr8.com. XLR8 products are available through Mac resellers, online mail order as well as Ingram and Pinacor distributors. ### About XLR8 XLR8 products are available through computer superstores, mass merchants, wholesale clubs, computer electronic superstores, wholesale distributors, resellers and catalogs worldwide. XLR8 resellers and distributors include: Comp USA, Dartek, Club Mac, Bottom Line Distributors, Cyberian Outpost, Fry1s Electronics, Ingram Micro, MacGurus, MacMall, MacSelect, MacWarehouse, the MacZone, MicroCenter, Pinacor and OtherWorld Computing. XLR8 brand products swept editorial reviews and awards in 1999. They continue to lead the Mac industry with superior engineering, compatibility and performance. Product offerings include: the MACh Speed G3/G3z/G4z, the MACh Carrier G3/G4, CarrierZIF, InterView, USB Performance Package, Point&Scroll Mouse, DualPort USB, and IceView Hub with USB Loadmeter. XLR8 maintains a full information resource center at http://www.xlr8.com. All products are backed by the XLR8's Performance Trade-Up Program, toll-free tech support at 800-513-9744, a full two-year limited warranty and a 30-day money back guarantee through authorized dealers. XLR8, One Meca Way, Norcross, GA 30093, 770-564-5682, 770-564-5675fax


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