The Performance Edge: G3 And G4 Upgrade Prices Are Falling Right And Left - Newer's New Price/Performance Equation

Monday, October 2, 2000

NewerTech is having another round of price cuts since their temporary cuts of August. This time Zif upgrades and PDS upgrades are on the price chopping block. The PDS upgrade is for NuBus based Macs (the 7100 & 8100 machines) and carries a price cut of $50.

There are three Zif upgrades, two G4s and a G3/500, for beige & blue and white PowerMacs. Price drops on these range between $150 and $100

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 G3/500/250/1MB
Old Price $499 New Price $399

MAXpowr G4/450/225/1MB
Old Price $679 New Price $549

MAXpowr G4/400/200/1MB
Old Price $549 New Price $399

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

MAXpowr PDS G3/264 -300/176-200/1MB (6100)
Old Price $449 New Price $ 399*

Price includes necessary hardware for using existing PDS video card

PowerMac 7100/66, 7100/66AV, 7100/80, 7100/80AV; 8100/80, 8100/80AV, 8100/100, 8100/100AV, 8100/110,

WGS 8150;

Radius 81/100, 81/110

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 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.



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

Previous Price/Performance Comparison For Newer Cards

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Newer Press Release

Newer Dramatically Reduces Pricing on Several G3/G4 CPU Upgrades
Improved manufacturing provides customers with as much as $150 in price

WICHITA, KS, USA - October 2, 2000 - Newer Technology, the technology
leader in Apple [NASDAQ: AAPL] Macintosh CPU upgrades, announces the
reduction in pricing of the world's most highly rated G3 and G4 CPU upgrade
cards. Improved pricing covers cards from 300MHz to 500MHz. Including cards
utilizing Newer's award winning MAXpowr hardware ROM compatibility
circuitry. These are the only cards on the market that are truly 100%
compatible with Apple's 7300-9600 series of Power Macintosh computers.

"Leveraging our continual improvements in manufacturing, made possible
through our partner Tri-M Technologies, we are able to bring attractively
priced upgrade cards to market," stated John Nelson, Newer's iPresident.
"We are very excited by the prospect that our technically superior CPU
upgrade cards have become affordable to a much wider range of customers".

The red-hot 500MHz/1MB/250MHz MAXpowr G3-ZIF module, which operates in
Apple's "beige" or "blue &white" computers, has recently undergone a
significant price reduction. Due to major improvements in manufacturing and
deliverability, Newer has been able to dramatically reduce the price by
$100 to its new price of $399, an amazing 20% price decrease. The equally
desirable 400MHz/1MB/200MHz and 450MHz/1MB/225 MAXpowr G4-ZIF modules, have
both experienced significant price reductions. The 400MHz has dropped in
price by $150 to its new price of 399, an incredible 27% price decrease.
The 450MHz card has dropped in price by $130 to its new price of $549 which
represents a price reduction of 19%.

In another stunning move Newer has been able to significantly reduce the
price of the phenomenally popular 264-300MHz MAXpowr G3 PDS 71/81 card
which operates in Apple's 7100 and 8100 series of computers, Power
Computing Power 100 and Power 120, as well as the Radius clone computers.
These cards have experienced a price drop of $50 to its new Suggested
Street Price of $399. That represents more than a 10% reduction in cost to
the customer. Making this price reduction even more amazing is the fact
that these cards include, at no additional cost, the video circuit which
enables customers to continue using their existing AV or HPV video cards.
Other companies charge $100 for this circuit, but Newer provides this $100
value for free.

Citing improved manufacturing and operations issues Newer has also been
able to dramatically 
lower the price on two of their non-CPU line of products. Newer's FireWire
2 Go, 1394 cardbus card, for PowerBooks along with their FireWire 2 Go for
PC notebooks have both experienced a price reduction of $20 to their new
price of $89. This represents an amazing 25% lower price for both the
Macintosh and PC versions of the FireWire card. In related news, Newer has
been able to reduce the cost of the popular BookEndz docking stations for
the 1999 PowerBook G3 notebook computers. This product has seen a drop in
price of $30 to its new price of $199. This is a reduction of 13%.
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 beyond Apple's
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 - 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 the instruction
results are not saved correctly therefore data is at risk of corruption.
There are a number of white papers on Newer Technology's website which
discuss these topics in great detail.

Newer Technology, Inc.
October 2000 Price Reductions
Power Macintosh Processor Upgrades & Peripherals
                  September                October
                        Street Price            Street Price
MAXpowr G4-ZIF
450MHz/1MB/225MHz       $679                     $549
400MHz/1MB/200MHz             $549                       $399
PowerMac G3 (beige, all speeds);
PowerMac G3 towers (blue/ice, all speeds)
MAXpowr G3-ZIF
500MHz/1MB/250MHz       $499                    $399
PowerMac G3 (beige, all speeds);
PowerMac G3 towers (blue/ice, all speeds)
MAXpowr G3 PDS
7100/8100: 264MHz-300MHz/1MB/176-200MHz   $449      $399
PowerMac 7100/66, 7100/66AV, 7100/80, 7100/80AV;                with free
8100/80, 8100/80AV, 8100/100, 8100/100AV, 8100/110,             video circuit   
WGS 8150; Radius 81/100, 81/110
FireWire Products
FireWire 2 Go /Mac - - CardBus Card        $119                 $89
PowerBook G3 Series (1998 and 1999)
FireWire 2 Go /PC  - - CardBus Card         $119                    $89
PC Notebook Computers

PowerBook Docking Stations
PowerBook G3 (1999)             $229                    $199

Newer Technology Macintosh products are available worldwide through major
distributors, with North American distribution through Ingram-Micro as well
as through national resellers, value-added resellers, online 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 Apple Macintosh computers. Newer's firsts include the first
Power Macintosh processor upgrade. The 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,
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