The Performance Edge: Newer Drops It's Prices On Most Of It's High-End Cards Including The iMac Upgrade - The New Price/Performance Equation!

5/6/00

NewerTech has dropped prices on their G3 & G4 upgrades for PCI based Macs and beige and Blue & White G3 Power Macs, up to $150. The have also reduced, slightly, the price on the iMAXpowr and given you more time to return the card for a rebate.

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.

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New Prices and the Machines The Cards Are Intended For

MAXpowr G4/450/225/1MB
Old Price $849 New Price $749

MAXpowr G4/400/200/1MB
Old Price $699 New Price $599

MAXpowr G4/350/175/1MB
Old Price $499 New Price $449

Power Mac 7300, 7500, 7600, 8500, 8515, 8600, 9500, 9515, 9600
Power Computing PowerTower Pro, PowerWave, PowerCurve
UMAX J700 and S900
DayStar Genesis 360, 400, 528, 600, 720, 800, 900, 932 computers

MAXpowr G3/500/250/1MB
Old Price $699 New Price $549

MAXpowr G3/400/200/1MB
Old Price $449 New Price $399

Power Mac 7300, 7500, 7600, 8500, 8515, 8600, 9500, 9515, 9600
Power Computing PowerCenter, PowerCenter Pro, PowerTower, PowerTower Pro, PowerWave, PowerCurve
UMAX J700/S900
DayStar Genesis 360, 400, 528, 600, 720, 800, 900, 932 computers
Mactell's XB-Pro

MAXpowr G4/450/225/1MB
Old Price $849 New Price $749

MAXpowr G4/400/200/1MB
Old Price $669 New Price $599

MAXpowr G3/500/250/1MB
Old Price $699 New Price $549

Power Mac G3 desktops
G3 Towers
G3 Servers
All-In-One
Blue & White G3s

iMAXpowr G3/466/155/1MB
Old Price $499 New Price $449*

* Price reflects credit of $150 when you return old card within 14 days (up front cost of card is $599)

iMac Revisions A - D

iMac G3/233, iMac G3/266 & iMac G3/333

Previous Prices For Newer Cards

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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 Newer. 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 1.5 - 5 times speed improvement over a similarly clocked G3 processor.

** The G4 cards will not work in all machines. See above for compatibility.

 

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

*** Price reflects credit of $150 when you return old card within 14 days

Previous Price/Performance Comparison For Newer Cards

Ready to spring for that G3 card yet? Post your comments and questions about this article below.

For Great Prices On Upgrades Check The Vendors Below
Processor Upgrades
Small Dog MacConnection

Graphics Cards
Small Dog MacConnection

Hard Drives & Optical Drives
Small Dog

RAM & Other Memory
Crucial.com MacConnection

SCSI, Firewire USB Cards
Small Dog

MacConnection


Used/Refurbished Macs
Service & Parts
ebay Small Dog
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Newer Press Release

More people than ever can enjoy G3 & G4 performance with new lower prices
Newer Announces Spring Price Reductions on G3 & G4 Upgrades
WICHITA, KS, USA - May 2, 2000 - Newer Technology, the largest producer of
Apple [NASDAQ: AAPL] Macintosh upgrades, announces multiple price
reductions on MAXpowr G3 and MAXpowr G4 upgrades. These reductions, ranging
from $50 to $150, account for up to 21.5% off the previous price of an
upgrade with one megabyte of backside cache.
Price reductions were applied across nearly the entire line of MAXpowr G3
CPU upgrades and across the entire line of state-of-the-art MAXpowr G4
upgrades. "These reductions are not being applied to old discontinued
inventory but are instead being brought to bear on current top of the line
products", states company iPresident, John Nelson. Doug Johnson, VP of
Sales, added "Newer has geared up for the Spring buying spree and has
product readily available. We are demonstrating our commitment to the Mac
community by offering the best CPU upgrades at very competitive prices." 
MAXpowr Differences
MAXpowr G3 and G4 upgrades feature the industry's exclusive hardware
solution for speculative access management. They provide a level of
compatibility unavailable on any other upgrade. Newer's exclusive SmartSet
technology 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.
Global 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: sales@newertech.com, or visit the website at
http://www.newertech.com. For international inquiries, please contact
info@newertech.com.

The Newer Technology logo and MAXpowr logo are registered trademarks of
Newer Technology, Inc. All other product names are trademarks or registered
trademarks of their respective holders.


Editor's Note
MAXpowr G3 500/1MB/250 - ZIF  $549  (reduced from $699) 
MAXpowr G4 400/1MB/200 - ZIF  $599  (reduced from $669) 
MAXpowr G4 450/1MB/225 - ZIF  $749  (reduced from $849) 
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MAXpowr G3 400/1MB/200 - PCI  $399  (reduced from $449) 
MAXpowr G3 500/1MB/250 - PCI  $549  (reduced from $699) 
MAXpowr G4 350/1MB/175 - PCI  $449  (reduced from $499) 
MAXpowr G4 400/1MB/200 - PCI  $599  (reduced from $699) 
MAXpowr G4 450/1MB/225 - PCI  $749  (reduced from $849)

The MAXpowr G3 ZIF and MAXpowr G4 ZIF Upgrades are designed for use in:
1. Beige PowerMac G3 Computers  both desktops and mini towers at all
speeds
2. Blue & White PowerMac G3 Computers  all speeds
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The MAXpowr G3 PCI Upgrades are designed for use in:
1. Apple Power Mac 7300 through 9600 computers at all speeds
2. Power Computing PowerCenter, PowerCenter Pro, PowerCurve, PowerTower,
PowerTower Pro, and PowerWave at all speeds
3. UMAX J700 and S900 computers at all speeds
4. DayStar Genesis 360, 400, 528, 600, 720, 800, 900, 932 computers
5. Mactell's XB-Pro     
The MAXpowr G4 PCI Upgrades are designed for use in:
1. Apple Power Mac 7300 through 9600 computers at all speeds
2. Power Computing PowerTower Pro, and PowerWave at all speeds
3. UMAX J700 and S900 computers at all speeds
4. DayStar Genesis 360, 400, 528, 600, 720, 800, 900, 932 computers

Newer Makes World's Only iMac Upgrade More Affordable 
Decreased Costs & Longer Core Return Times Improve Customer Satisfaction
WICHITA, KS, USA - May 5, 2000 - Newer Technology, the largest producer of
Apple [NASDAQ: AAPL] Macintosh upgrades, announces a price reduction on its
peerless iMAXpowr G3 466MHz CPU upgrade for 233-333MHz iMacs (rev. A-D).
The iMAXpowr G3 upgrade turns an older iMac into one of the fastest
Macintosh computers on the planet. With twice the amount of
performance-enhancing L2 backside cache found in a new iMac, the iMAXpowr
upgrade produces blazing speed for web surfing, game playing, digital
photography, home finance and much more.
Newer Technology is the only company in the world that provides an upgrade
for the millions of iMac computers.
Newer is lowering the cost of the iMAXpowr G3 466 upgrade, with 1MB of
backside cache, from $499 to $449. Additionally, the CPU core exchange
price is being reduced from $200 to $150 and the time that Users have to
return their original CPU core is being extended from 5 days to 14 days.
This brings the price, at time of purchase, down to $599 from its previous
$699. When the original CPU is returned within 14 days, a $150 credit is
issued, which brings the final price of the iMAXpowr upgrade all the way
down to $449.
Doug Johnson, Newer's VP of sales, clarified, "Compare that with a $1200 to
$1500 purchase price for a new iMac DV, which runs at 400MHz with 512K of
Cache, and it quickly becomes clear why the iMAXpowr upgrade is the right
choice for a great many existing iMac owners."
"We have been extremely pleased with the immediate acceptance of the
iMAXpowr upgrade," said Roger Kasten, VP strategic development &
evangelism. "With this change we are now pricing it well within the reach
of more consumers."
The independent media have given the iMAXpowr many excellent "4-out-of-5"
reviews, but many reviewers have indicated the product would be a solid
"5-out-of-5," in their opinion, if it was slightly less expensive and if
purchasers had more time to return their original CPU module. 
"We are very conscious of the fact that we are the only company offering an
iMac CPU upgrade," said John Nelson, iPresident, "and as such we feel a
need to listen very carefully to the feedback of our customers and the
market at large. We are treating our customers in the manner we would like
to be treated. As we have been able to move units and receive original CPUs
back in, we have been able to slightly lower our costs. We could simply
keep the additional margin, or we could lower our price and make the
product more affordable to a greater number of Users. We have heard, and
are responding to, the needs and desires of our customers. The feedback we
are receiving from The Newer Store is helping us change our policies and
practices to serve them better."
Availability
Newer Technology's iMAXpowr upgrades are available directly from The Newer
Store (http://www.newerstore.com). All other 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 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: sales@newertech.com, or visit the website at 
http://www.newertech.com. For international inquiries, please contact
info@newertech.com.