The Performance Edge: Newer Joins The 500Mhz Club And Drops Prices On Other Cards - The New Price/Performance Equation

NewerTech has dropped the prices up to $100 on their processor upgrade cards. In addition they have discontinued several cards and added two 500Mhz cards to their line-up So we run the numbers again for you.

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 G3/500/1MB/250
Price $949

MAXpowr G3/400/1MB/200
OldPrice $649 New Price $549

MAXpowr G3/300/1MB/200
OldPrice $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

MAXpowr G3-PDS/300/1MB/200 (8100 & 7100)
OldPrice $549 New Price $449

MAXpowr G3-PDS/266/512K/133 (8100 & 7100) -
OldPrice $399 New Price Discontinued

MAXpowr G3-PDS/266/512K/133 (6100 Only)
OldPrice $349 New Price $299

Power Macintosh 6100/60, 6100/60AV, 6100/66, 6100/66AV , 6100/66 DOS Compatible***, 7100/66, 7100/66AV, 7100/80, 7100/80AV, 8100/80, 8100/80AV, 8100/100, 8100/100AV, 8100/110, 8100/110AV, 8115/110AV
Power Macintosh Performa 6110, 6112 , 6115, 6116, 6117, 6118

***DOS card must be removed prior to MAXpowr G3 PDS installation.

MAXpowr G3-L2/400/1MB/200
OldPrice $779 New Price Discontinued

MAXpowr G3-L2/300/1MB/200
OldPrice $459 New Price $399

MAXpowr G3-L2/300/512K/200
OldPrice $399 New Price $349

Power Mac 4400, 5400, 5500, 6400, 6500, 7220
Performa 5400, 5410, 5420, 5430, 5440, 6360, 6400, 6410, 6420
Power Computing PowerBase
Motorola StarMax 3000, 4000, 5000
UMAX SuperMac C500, C600
APS M*Power Series (all)

MAXpowr G3-G3/500/1MB/250
Price $899

MAXpowr G3-G3/400/1MB/200 -
OldPrice $599 New Price $499

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


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 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.

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Newer Press Release

Newer Technology Announces 500MHz G3 Processor Upgrades,
                        Price Cuts, G4 Pricing

   Customers can save as much as $100 on the most popular G3 upgrades

 WICHITA, Kan-October 12, 1999-Newer Technology, Inc. the original developer of
 third party Power Macintosh processor upgrades, today announces a new MAXpowr G3
 500MHz upgrade as well as price cuts on a number of MAXpowr G3 upgrades. Pricing
 and shipping for MAXpowr G4 upgrades has been updated. In addition, a limited number
 of speeds will no longer be produced.

 The new 500MHz G3 processor from IBM uses a 10X bus multiple which allows Power
 Macs to be upgraded to 500MHz. (The 10X bus multiple multiplied by the maximum
 stock bus speed of 50MHz gives a top CPU clock speed of 500MHz.) The 500MHz G3
 processor has taken over the high end of the MAXpowr G3 product line, replacing the
 466MHz. The 500MHz MAXpowr G3 processor is designed for the 7300-9600 as well as
 UMAX and Power Computing models. The MAXpowr G3-G3 500MHz upgrade is
 designed for the beige and blue/white Power Mac G3 systems. Both processor upgrade
 products simply replace the stock processor.

 Product Was New Price Decrease
 MAXpowr G3 PDS 6100 240-266MHz $349 $299 -$50
 MAXpowr G3 PDS 71/81 266-300MHz $549 $449 -$100
 for Power Mac 7100 and 8100

 MAXpowr G3 300/1MB/200 $449 $399 -$50
 MAXpowr G3 400/1MB/200 $649 $549 -$100
 MAXpowr G3 500 $949

 MAXpowr G3-G3 400/1MB/200 $599 $499 -$100
 MAXpowr G3-G3 500 $899
 for beige and blue/white Power Mac G3s

 MAXpowr G3 L2 300/512/200 $399 $349 -$50
 MAXpowr G3 L2 300/1MB/200 $459 $399 -$60
 for: Power Mac 4400, 4400 DOS, 7220 (international), 5400, 5500, 6400, 6500;
 Performa 5400, 5410, 5420, 5430, 5440, 6360, 6400, 6410, 6420; UMAX C-500,
 C-600; Power Computing PowerBase (all); all Motorola StarMax 3000, 4000, 5000,
 5500; APS M*Power series (all).

 The introduction of the 500MHz G3 processor, with a MacBench 5 processor test score of
 1604, has replaced the 466MHz G3 upgrades as the top performance upgrade. The
 MAXpowr products below have been discontinued to better match customer demand. The
 following processor upgrades will no longer be produced:
 240-266MHz and 333-400MHz MAXpowr G3 PDS 71/81
 populated MAXpowr G3-CC (ZIF carrier cards)
 400MHz MAXpowr G3-L2
 466MHz MAXpowr G3 (replaced by 500MHz G3)
 466MHz MAXpowr G3-G3 (replaced by 500MHz G3)
 These specific products may still be in stock and interested customers are encouraged to
 shop Newer Technology resellers to locate any remaining inventory. Customers are
 encouraged to review the MAXpowr G3 processor upgrade "matrix" on the website for a
 complete overview of all Newer Technology upgrade options.

 Additional product price changes include a drop of $100 to an estimated street price of
 $149 for the FireWire 2 Go CardBus FireWire adapter for the PowerBook G3 Series
 computers. FireWire 2 Go is being used by digital photographers who prefer the
 PowerBook G3 as a digital image capture and DV video editing station. 

 The MAXpowr G4 400MHz upgrade for the blue/white Power Mac G3s will begin
 shipping in late November for $799.

 All Newer Technology products are available worldwide through major distributors, with
 North American distribution through Ingram Micro, Pinacor and Merisel, as well as
 through national resellers such as MicroCenter, value-added resellers, online sources and
 Macintosh mail-order catalogs. The Newer Technology website offers a list of resellers
 under the "Where To Buy" button.

 MAXpowr G3 and G4 processor upgrades come with a two year warranty, detailed
 installation manual and unlimited Technical Support (toll-free in US). FireWire 2 Go is
 backed by a one year warranty.

 Newer Technology has lead the development of processor upgrades for Macintosh. Newer
 "firsts" include MAXpowr 604 in December of 1995, the first Power Macintosh processor
 upgrade, first G3 Power Mac processor upgrade (MAXpowr G3) in August of 1997 and
 the first G3 processor upgrade for the Power Mac 6100, 7100 and 8100 series
 (MAXpowr G3 PDS) in January of 1998. Newer Technology has more than 14 years of
 experience and produces the most popular performance upgrades for both PowerBooks
 and desktop Apple Macintosh computers and Mac OS compatibles according to PC
 Hardware Data Reports. 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