The Performance Edge: It's Sonnet One Week And Newer The Next - Newer's G4 Price Cuts And The New Price Performance Equation


NewerTech has dropped prices on their G4 upgrades for PCI based Macs and beige and Blue & White G3 Power Macs

Below we explore what performance gain you will see with these cards installed in the machines they are intended for. We also take a comparative look at the price/performance equation of each card.


New Prices and the Machines The Cards Are Intended For

MAXpowr G4/450/225/1MB
New Price $849

MAXpowr G4/400/200/1MB
New Price $699

MAXpowr G4/350/175/1MB
Old Price $599 New Price $499

Power Mac 7300, 7500, 7600, 8500, 8515, 8600, 9500, 9515, 9600
Power Computing PowerCenter, PowerCenter Pro, PowerTower, PowerTower Pro, PowerWave, PowerCurve
UMAX J700/S900

MAXpowr G4/450/225/1MB
New Price $849

MAXpowr G4/400/200/1MB
New Price $669

Power Mac G3 desktops
G3 Towers
G3 Servers
Blue & White G3s

Previous Prices For Newer Cards


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

Scores marked in Red indicate this information was provided by PowerLogix. Scores Marked in Blue indicate that this information was independently verified by MacSpeedZone. Also 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 2 - 5 times speed improvement over a similarly clocked G3 processor.


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

Previous Price/Performance Comparison For Newer Cards

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

Internal Links

External Links

  • Processor card reviews
  • All online Macintosh hardware and software reviews

Newer Press Release

Newer Technology Announces 450MHz G4 upgrades
Mac users can upgrade to G4 speed at new lower prices

WICHITA, KS, USA - April 3, 2000 - Newer Technology, the largest producer
of Apple [NASDAQ: AAPL] Macintosh upgrades, announces new high-end MAXpowr
G4 upgrades as well as new lower prices on its award-winning Macintosh
processor upgrades. The new MAXpowr G4 upgrades use a 450MHz G4 processor
and one megabyte of backside cache running on a 225MHz cache bus (2:1

New 450MHz MAXpowr G4 upgrades are offered for upgradeable 604 Power Macs
including the Power Mac 7300 - 9600, the Power Computing PowerTower Pro and
PowerWave as well as the UMAX J700 and S900 series. The MAXpowr G4 ZIF
450MHz upgrades Power Mac G3 systems  both beige and blue & whites as well
as Power Mac G4 systems. Both are $849.

MAXpowr G4 upgrades, featuring the industry exclusive hardware solution for
speculative access management, have new lower pricing. Users can save $100
and $130 respectively on 350MHz and 400MHz G4 upgrades for 604 Macs and $80
on 400MHz G4 upgrades for Power Mac G3 systems (beige and blue & white).
FireWire 2 Go PC CardBus adapter for PowerBook G3s has a new lower price of
$119 - a $20 reduction.

Other processor upgrade product changes include the discontinuation of the
MAXpowr G3-G3 400MHz upgrade for Power Mac G3 systems. The MAXpowr G3 PDS
for Power Mac 6100s and 611X Performas will no longer be produced. 

MAXpowr Differences
MAXpowr G4 upgrades use Newer's exclusive SmartSet technology which allows
the processor upgrade to set its bus speed automatically - there are no
switches to tinker with. MAXpowr processor upgrades are set to run at the
optimum bus speed for fastest memory access  without adding wait states
that slow system performance, or push the memory out of Apple
specifications. Rather than artificially inflating the bus speed (important
only for older motherboard Level 2 cache access), MAXpowr processor
upgrades set the system bus at speeds that produce the least number of wait
states between the CPU and system memory. Patent-pending Compatibility
Circuitry on the MAXpowr upgrade provides the correct management of
speculative access so that users' data is not at risk  and without
demanding user input. MAXpowr G4 upgrades also correctly manage context
switching - where instructions processed by the AltiVec unit inside the G4
CPU are executed successfully despite interrupts. If interrupted
instruction results are not saved correctly, data is at risk for
corruption. There are a number of white papers on Newer Technology's
website which discuss these topics in great detail.

Newer Technology Macintosh products are available worldwide through major
distributors, with North American distribution through Ingram Micro,
Pinacor and Merisel, as well as through national resellers, value-added
resellers, on-line sources and mail-order catalogs. Newer's USB products
can be purchased through the more than 800 Sears retail stores throughout
North America. Newer Technology products can also be purchased from Newer's
online store at

Newer Technology has consistently lead the development of processor
upgrades for Macintosh. Newer "firsts" include the first Power Macintosh
processor upgrade, first G3 Power Mac processor upgrade and the first G3
processor upgrade for the Power Mac 6100, 7100 and 8100 series as well as
the iMac. MAXpowr upgrades are also the only upgrades to feature a hardware
solution for speculative access management. Newer Technology has more than
15 years of experience and is the leading developer of performance upgrades
for Apple PowerBooks, desktop Apple Macintosh computers and Mac OS
compatibles. For more information, contact Newer Technology, Inc., 4848 W.
Irving Street, Wichita, KS 67209; phone: +1 316-943-0222; fax: +1
316/943-0555; e-mail:, or visit the website at For international inquiries, please contact