The Performance Edge: What Do XLR8's Price Drops Mean To You - The New Price Performance Equation

XLR8 has reduced the prices up to 20% on all of their G3 processor upgrade cards again. These include cards for PCI Macs and 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.



New MSRP Prices and the Machines The Cards Are Intended For

XLR8 MACh Speed G3/300/200/1MB ($359) XLR8 MACh Speed G3/333/167/1MB ($399) XLR8 MACh Speed G3/366/183/1MB ($489) XLR8 MACh Speed G3/400/200/1MB ($599)


XLR8 MACh Carrier G3 Upgrades
G3/300/200/1MB ($399)
G3/333/167/1MB ($429)
G3/366/183/1MB ($529)
G3/400/200/1MB ($629)
G3/450/225/1MB ($749)

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

XLR8 MACh Speed G3Z/300/200/1MB ($299) XLR8 MACh Speed G3Z/333/167/1MB ($349) XLR8 MACh Speed G3Z/366/183/1MB ($449) XLR8 MACh Speed G3Z/400/200/1MB ($559) XLR8 MACh Speed G3Z/450/225/1MB ($599) XLR8 MACh Speed G3Z/466/187/1MB ($599)

*Note that 466 MHz performs at 450 MHz in the translucent G3 systems.


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

Previous Prices


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

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

Previous Price/Performance Equation

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: September 28, 1999 ================================================= X L R 8 P R E S S R E L E A S E ================================================= XLR8 CHARGES FORWARD WITH NEW 500 MHz UPGRADES and G3 PRICE CUTS New 500 MHz G3 upgrades to ship October 15th New G3 price cuts effectively immediately Atlanta, GA ˇAtlanta, GA - On the heels of its autumn promotion, "Fall Into G4," XLR8 introduced a new level of upgradeable PowerPC G3 performance. The award-wining leader in Macintosh performance and peripherals also published new lower pricing on its G3 product line, with price cuts of up to 20%. 500 MHz MACh Speed G3z The new ultra fast ZIF G3 upgrade boasts G3 performance up to 20% faster than Apple's new400 MHz supercomputing G4 systems. It installs in minutes via the Mac's ZIF (zero insertion force) socket. This upgrade is fully compatible with all Power Macintosh G3 configurations and Apple's 400 MHz Power Macintosh G4 system. It includes XLR81s exclusive Auto Caching Technology and PowerPack software. 500 MHz MACh Carrier G3 XLR8 Bundles the new ultra fast ZIF with its own patent pending CarrierZIF technology, producing the 500 MHz MACh Carrier G3 for pre-G3 systems. XLR8's exclusive Carrier design allows this upgrade to deliver the world's fastest CPU performance and is fully G4 upgradeable. "We are extremely excited to deliver the fastest speeds and exclusive G3/G4 upgrade options." said Jack Kolk, General Manager of XLR8. "With tens of thousands of upgrades in the market, CarrierZIF has made the XLR8 the number one choice for Mac professionals." New Lower Prices XLR8 also introduced new lower pricing across its entire G3 upgrade line. The new pricing reflects reductions of up to 20% on leading XLR8 offerings. "Our products, backed by customer oriented upgrade programs, and performance bundles are proving successful in every area." said Gary Dailey, Director of Marketing for XLR8. "Passing our manufacturing savings directly to the customer ensures that XLR8 continues to deliver the best for the best." New Prices are as follows: XLR8 G3 Cache Old New Price Upgrades Speed SRP SRP Reduction 300 MHz MACh Speed G3....200.....$449...$359 -20% 333 MHz MACh Speed G3....167.....$459...$399 -13% 366 MHz MACh Speed G3....183.....$579...$489 -16% 400 MHz MACh Speed G3....200.....$599...$599 300 MHz MACh Carrier G3..200.....$499...$399 -20% 333 MHz MACh Carrier G3..167.....$529...$429 -19% 366 MHz MACh Carrier G3..183.....$649...$529 -18% 400 MHz MACh Carrier G3..200.....$669...$629 -06% 450 MHz MACh Carrier G3..225.....$799...$749 -06% 500 MHz MACh Carrier G3..250.....$ ...$999 300 MHz MACh Speed G3z...200.....$359...$299 -17% 333 MHz MACh Speed G3z...167.....$379...$349 -08% 366 MHz MACh Speed G3z...183.....$499...$449 -10% 400 MHz MACh Speed G3z...200.....$549...$559 -02% 450 MHz MACh Speed G3z...225.....$679...$599 -12% 466 MHz MACh Speed G3z...233.....$699...$599 -14% 500 MHz MACh Speed G3z...250..... ...$899 For more information on XLR81s G3 or G4 upgrades and other new products, a full information resource is available at ### ================================================= Technical Contact: Gary Dailey, 770-564-5679, Media Contact: Amy Mullen, 770-564-5682 x2648, =================================================

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