The Performance Edge: Formula One Performance At Pedestrian Prices - Mactell Upgrades And The Price/Performance Equation.

Mactell has cut the prices on most of its G3 upgrade cards. Below we provide benchmarks showing what kind of performance boost these cards will provide compared to the base machines they are intended for. We also compare the price performance ratios for each card. In other words how much you are paying for each increment of performance. At the end of the benchmarks you'll find the information for each card and the new street price.

*Benchmarks provided by manufacturer

Overdrive Special Notes - Cards run at different speeds depending on if your G3 is a Beige one (66Mhz bus) or Blue and White (100Mhz bus)

Real World Clock Speed Description Part Number Test Machine Bench Mark
366Mhz 1024k Cache 2:1 366Mhz 1024k Cache 2:1 109.741 Beige G3 1215
400Mhz 1024k Cache 2:1 400Mhz 1024k Cache 2:1 109.751 Beige G3 1336
400Mhz 1024k Cache 2:1 400Mhz 1024k Cache 2:1 109.751 Blue G3 1305
433 Mhz 1024k Cache 2:1 466Mhz 1024k Cache 2:1 109.758 Beige G3 1447
450Mhz 1024k Cache 2:1 466Mhz 1024k Cache 2:1 109.758 Blue G3 1463
466Mhz 1024k Cache 2:1 466Mhz 1024k Cache 2:1 109.758 Beige G3 1557
500Mhz 1024k Cache 2:1 466Mhz 1024k Cache 2:1 109.758 Blue G3 1622

The chart below shows the price you pay for each increment of performance giving you a good picture of the relative price/performance ratio for each card.

June 18th 1999

Effective immediately, new estimated street pricing for the G3 PowerJOLT
line is as follows:

PowerJOLT Series                     Now                   Before

266MHz/512K/2:1                      239.00                 249.00
333MHz/512K/2:1                      299.00                 NEW CARD!!!
333MHz/1024K/1.5:1                 399.00                 529.00
366MHz/1024K/2:1                    549.00                 599.00
400MHz/1024K/2:1                    649.00                 699.00

Compatibility

Apple Power Macintosh 7300, 7500, 7600, 8500, 8600, 9500, and 9600 Umax's SuperMac S900 and J700 Mactell's XBPro
PowerComputing's PowerWave, PowerCurve, PowerCenter, PowerTower, and PowerTowerPro

GMax Series

280MHz/1024K/2:1                    499.00                  No Change
320MHz/1024K/2:1                    649.00                  No Change

Umax C500 and C600
Mactell Typhoon and Twister
OverDrive Series

366MHz/1024K/2:1                    499.00                   No Change
400MHz/1024K/2:1                    599.00                   649.00
466MHz/1024K/2:1                    699.00                   799.00

Your 233, 266, or 300MHz Apple G3 (beige)
Your 300, 350, or 400MHz Apple G3 (blue)


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