The Performance Edge: G3 Upgrade Cards Fall Below $200 - What PowerLogix's Upgrade Card Price Cuts Mean To You!

January 4, 2001

PowerLogix has reduced prices on 5 of their G3/G4 upgrade cards for both Zif and PCI based machines. They have also reduced the price to $139 on their RapidFire FireWire/USB combo PCI card which will work in most machines with a free PCI slot.

Below we explore what performance gain you will see with these cards installed in the machines they are made 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

Powerlogix PowerForce G4/450/225/1MB - New Price: $499

Powerlogix PowerForce G3/500/250/1MB New Price: $399

Powerlogix PowerForce G3/350/175/512K Old Price: $199 New Price: $179

Power Mac 7300, 7500, 7600, 8500, 8515, 8600, 9500, 9515, 9600

Workgroup Server 7350, 8550, 9650

Power Computing PowerCenter, PowerCenter Pro, PowerTower, PowerTower Pro, PowerWave, PowerCurve and PowerBase

UMAX J700 and S900

**Currently the G4 processor upgrades will not work in the PowerTower, PowerCenter, PowerCenter Pro or PowerCurve machines from PowerComputing.

Powerlogix PowerForce Zif G4/450/225/1MB New Price: $499

Powerlogix PowerForce Zif G3/500/250/1MB New Price: $399

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


Previous Prices For PowerLogix Upgrade 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

Important Note: The PowerForce G3/350 card and score above is inaccurate. The backside cache on this card is really 512K and the real score is approximately 1010.

And how much do you pay per performance point ................

Previous Price/Performance Equation For PowerLogix Cards

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

PowerLogix Press Release

AUSTIN, TX -- April 17, 2000 -- PowerLogix today announced price 
reductions on their innovative line of PowerForce G3 upgrades as well 
as changes to it G3 and G4 lines and the shipment of the dynamic new 
RapidFire FireWire/USB card.

The PowerForce G3 cards, awarded the honor of "Editor's Choice" by 
MacWorld Magazine, can be used to upgrade the 7300, 7500, 7600, 8500, 
8600, 9500, and 9600 models from Apple as well as Power Computing 
clones and the S900 and J700 from Umax.  The PowerForce G3 
250/125/512k and the 300/150/1mb have been replaced by the 

PowerForce G3 New Price
350/175/512k $199
400/200/1mb $349

The PowerForce G4 is compatible with the standard set of Apple 
PowerMacs from the 7300 to the 9600; Power Computing PowerBase, 
PowerWave and PowerTower Pro; UMAX S900 and J700. Power Computing 
Catalyst-based computers (PowerTower, PowerCenter,  PowerCenter Pro) 
at this point are not compatible with the G4 processor chip.  The 
PowerForce G4 350/175/1mb has been dropped from the product line to 
allow for the addition of the 450/225/1mb.

PowerForce G4 New Product
450/225/1mb  $900

The PowerForce G4 ZIF upgrades  are 100% compatible with all PowerMac 
G3s, including desktops, minitowers, the Blue and White G3, 
All-in-One educational model, as well as the PowerLogix ZForce ZIF 
Adapter.  The PowerForce G4 ZIF 350/175/1mb has been dropped from the 
product line to allow for the addition of the G4 ZIF 450/225/1mb.

PowerForce G4 ZIF New Product
450/225/1mb  $900

The RapidFire card includes three FireWire ports. It also offers two 
USB ports which allow connection to any USB devices. The RapidFire 
card, combined with a PowerForce G3 or G4 processor, is the most 
economical way to upgrade an older Mac with all the features of the 
latest PowerMacs.  It is compatible with Apple Power Mac 4400, 5400, 
6400, Performa 6360/160, 7200, 7300, 7500, 7600, 8500, 8600, 9500, 
9600, PowerMac G3, PowerMac G4, PowerComputing except Power 100 and 
120, UMAX SuperMax, C500, C600, J700, S900.  NOTE:  It will also work 
in Blue and White and PowerMac G4's for users that need additional 
FireWire or USB ports.

RapidFire FireWire/USB Card     $170

For more information, contact PowerLogix R&D, Inc, 3921 Steck Avenue, 
A-105, Austin, Texas 78759, 877-849-2504, Fax: (512) 795-2981,,