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
New Prices and the Machines The Cards Are Intended For
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.
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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 ratio). 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 Û 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 Û 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 Û 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. Availability 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 www.newerstore.com. 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: email@example.com, or visit the website at http://www.newertech.com. For international inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.