The Performance Edge: A G4 Upgrade Card For $500? It's G3 Me Now, G4 Me Later - The Price/Performance Equation

XLR8 is offering the following deal: buy a MACh Carrier G3 card for your pre-G3, PCI based PowerMac, enjoy the performance of the G3 upgrade through the Fall, and then in the Winter you will be given the opportunity to purchase a G4 upgrade for as little as $500. XLR8 emphasizes that the G4 and G3 performance is pretty similar if you are using most current software. They believe that by January there should be much more software available that takes advantage of the G4's "Velocity Engine", making a G4 upgrade more attractive.

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.


MSRP Prices and the Machines The Cards Are Intended For

XLR8 MACh Carrier G3 Upgrades
G3/300/200/1MB ($499)
G3/333/167/1MB ($529)
G3/366/183/1MB ($649)
G3/400/200/1MB ($729)
G3/450/225/1MB ($879)

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



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

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


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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Press Release

For Immediate Release: September 21, 1999 ================================================= X L R 8 P R E S S R E L E A S E ================================================= XLR8 ANNOUNCES "FALL INTO G4" PROMOTION Buy an XLR8 G3 processor upgrade now, upgrade to a G4 processor at a lower price later ATLANTA, GA -- Today, XLR8, the award-winning leader in Macintosh performance and peripherals, announced its new Fall Into G4 promotion. This promotion allows users to purchase their MACh Carrier G3* upgradeable upgrade immediately (Fall '99), then upgrade to G4 for as little as $500 in January when new software and better revisions of the G4 CPU are expected. The initial upgrade purchase plus the cost of a G4 upgrade in January is less than the current price of a G4 upgrade alone. The Fall Into G4 Promotion offers professionals a range of benefits: - immediate access to maximum G3 performance and 100% compatibility - begin working up to 10 times faster while Motorola's G4 is perfected - upgrade to G4 beginning in January at a lower cost - XLR81s forthcoming AltiVecTM performance options, at no additional cost "For the next 90 days, Motorola's G4 CPU design is undergoing manufacturing revisions with a variety of errata and unusual requirements," said Gary Dailey, Director of Marketing for XLR8. "This promotion delivers immediate access to the best boards at the fastest speeds without compromise." The simplicity of the Fall Into G4 promotion is made possible by XLR8's exclusive Carrier Upgrade Technology*. The customer buys and installs the patent pending upgrade, then moves to an advanced revision of G4 later by simply swapping the CPU ZIF (zero insertion force) daughtercard. All MACh Carrier G31s purchased by US customers September 1, 1999 through December 15, 1999 qualify for the Fall Into G4 promotion. Other XLR8 upgrades qualify for the standard XLR8 Performance Trade-Up Program. ** Users will register for their G4 upgrade via Sta616 Atlanta: One Meca Way, Norcross, GA 30093 Phone: 770-564-5682, fax 770-564-5675 Chicago: 1000 Tower Lane, 385, Bensenville, IL 60106 Phone: 630-238-9095, fax 630-238-9240 Europe : Abbot House, Primrose Hill, Kings Langley, Hertfordshire, WD4 8HY, UK Phone: 44-0-1923-290401, fax 44-0-1923-290402