The Performance Edge: What Sonnet's April G3 & G4 Upgrade Card Price Cuts Mean To You - The New Price/Performance Equation

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Sonnet has come out with a series of prices cuts ranging from $50 to $100 on 2 of its G3 and 3 of its G4 upgrade cards They also announced a new G4/450MHz card for PCI based PowerMacs. 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

Note: It may be some days after this is posted that new prices will be reflected at retailers

Encore G3/ 500/1M
Old Price $699.95 New Price $599.95

Encore G4/400/1M
Old Price $799.95 New Price $649.95

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

 

Crescendo G3/PCI 500/1M
Old Price $699.95 New Price $599.95

Crescendo G4/PCI 450/1M
New Price $799.95

Crescendo G4/PCI 400/1M
Old Price $799.95 New Price $649.95

Crescendo G4PCI/ 350/1M
Old Price $499.95 New Price $599.95

Power Mac 7300, 7500, 7600, 8500, 8515, 8600, 9500, 9515, 9600
Workgroup Server 7350, 8550, 9650
Power Computing PowerCenter*, PowerCenter Pro*, PowerCurve*, PowerTower*, PowerTower Pro, PowerWave
UMAX J700/S900
DayStar Genesis 360, 400, 528, 600, 720, 800, 900, 932
Mactell XB-Pro

(* Compatible with Crescendo G3/PCI cards only.)

Previous Sonnet Prices

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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 Sonnet. Scores Marked in Blue indicate that this information was independently verified by MacSpeedZone.

* 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 4 - 5 times speed improvement over a similarly clocked G3 processor. The scores below will not reflect this

 

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

Previous Sonnet Price/Performance Numbers

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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Press Release

SONNET DROPS PRICES ON G3 & G4 UPGRADES 

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA ¯ April 3, 2000. Sonnet Technologies, the worldwide
market share leader in processor upgrade cards for Apple MacintoshŪ
computers, drops prices by up to 20% on G3 and G4 processor upgrades. By offering
periodic price reductions, Sonnet Technologies maintains its market
leadership by setting the best price/performance standard for G3 and G4
processor upgrades. Sonnet˙s new lower prices are as follows:

Crescendo G3/PCI 500/1M         $599.95 (was $699.95)

Crescendo G4/PCI 350/1M         $499.95 (was $599.95)
Crescendo G4/PCI 400/1M         $649.95 (was $799.95)
Crescendo G4/PCI 450/1M         $799.95 (new product, April 3)

Encore G3 500/1M                $599.95 (was $699.95)

Encore G4 400/1M                $649.95 (was $799.95)

Sonnet˙s full line for Crescendo G3 and G4 PCI cards are compatible with
the following Macintosh models:
- Power Mac 7300, 7500, 7600, 8500, 8515, 8600, 9500, 9515, 9600
- Workgroup Server 7350, 8550, 9650     
- Power Computing PowerCenter*, PowerCenter Pro*, PowerCurve*,
PowerTower*, PowerTower Pro, PowerWave
- UMAX J700/S900
- DayStar Genesis 360, 400, 528, 600, 720, 800, 900, 932
- Mactell XB-Pro        

(* Compatible with Crescendo G3/PCI cards only.)

Sonnet's full line of Encore G3 and G4 cards are compatible with the
following Macintosh models:
- G3 All-in-one
- G3 Blue & White
- G3 Desktop
- G3 Mini Tower 
- G3 Server
- G4 Graphite

Altivec Enabling Software
The Sonnet Crescendo G4 adn Encore G4 upgrades ship with superior Altivec
Enabling software, giving all applications access to the Altivec
processing engine in the G4 processor. The unique Sonnet Enabler extends Altivec
support to even MacsBug, which is an important distinction for software
developers and sophisticated users.

Mac OS 9 Velocity Engine and Adobe Photoshop Altivec Compatibility 
Sonnet Crescendo G4 Enabler fully supports the Apple Velocity EngineŪ
libraries included in MacŪ OS 9. Programs such as Adobe Photoshop 5.5 Altivec
Plug-ins and After Effects; Apple Computer Final Cut Pro 1.2; Astarte
Software AG Mpack 3.5.1; Casady & Greene Sound JAM; Connectix Corporation
Virtual PC; Deneba Canvas 7; Macromedia Flash, Dreamweaver, and Director;
MetaCreations Kai˙s Power Tools and Bryce; QDesign Qdesign; Sonic Solutions
Sonic DVD Fusion, Sonic DVD Transcoder, Sonic DVD Creator; as well as many
other Altivec-enabled software applications. Scientific and audio/video
authoring applications will benefit significantly from a Sonnet G4 upgrade.

Sonnet Metronome
Every Sonnet G3 and G4 upgrade includes the Metronome Profiler Utility
software, giving users useful system performance information such as
processor type, speed, temperature, bus speed, and cache size.

Simply FastŪ
Sonnet cards have unequa\edease-of-installation and reliability. The
Sonnet Crescendo and Encore cards work in every compatible Macintosh without
the need for the antiquated methods of hardware 
configuration. Free from switches, jumpers, and control panels, the
Sonnet upgrade cards are Simply FastŪ. Sonnet products are guaranteed to
operate reliably over variations of machine, time and temperature. The ability
to move an upgrade card from one machine to another without the need to
tweak any jumpers, switches or control panels is a significant advantage to
resellers and organizations that want to maximize their flexibility, while
minimizing the long term technical support requirements.

About Sonnet Technologies, Inc.
Sonnet Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Irvine, California, is the
worldwide market share leader in processor upgrade cards for Apple
MacintoshŪ computers. Founded in 1986, Sonnet upgrades more Macintosh models with
processor upgrade cards than any other company. Sonnet processor upgrade
products are easy to install, are backed by a three-year warranty, include
free technical support, and require no switches, jumpers, or control
panels. To locate an authorized reseller or purchase product, visit the Sonnet
Technologies web site at , or call the company
at 1-800-786-6260 (USA and Canada) or 1-949-261-2800.
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The Sonnet Crescendo G4 adn Encore G4 upgrades ship with superior Altivec
Enabling software, giving all applications access to the Altivec
processing engine in the G4 processor. The unique Sonnet Enabler extends Altivec
support to even MacsBug, which is an important distinction for software
developers and sophisticated users.

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Sonnet Drops Prices


Mac OS 9 Velocity Engine and Adobe Photoshop Altivec Compatibility 
Sonnet Crescendo G4 Enabler fully supports the Apple Velocity EngineŪ
libraries included in MacŪ OS 9. Programs such as Adobe Photoshop 5.5 Altivec
Plug-ins and After Effects; Apple Computer Final Cut Pro 1.2; Astarte
Software AG Mpack 3.5.1; Casady & Greene Sound JAM; Connectix Corporation
Virtual PC; Deneba Canvas 7; Macromedia Flash, Dreamweaver, and Director;
MetaCreations Kai˙s Power Tools and Bryce; QDesign Qdesign; Sonic Solutions
Sonic DVD Fusion, Sonic DVD Transcoder, Sonic DVD Creator; as well as many
other Altivec-enabled software applications. Scientific and audio/video
authoring applications will benefit significantly from a Sonnet G4 upgrade.

Sonnet Metronome
Every Sonnet G3 and G4 upgrade includes the Metronome Profiler Utility
software, giving users useful system performance information such as
processor type, speed, temperature, bus speed, and cache size.

Simply FastŪ
Sonnet cards have unequaled ease-of-installation and reliability. The
Sonnet Crescendo and Encore cards work in every compatible Macintosh without
the need for the antiquated methods of hardware 
configuration. Free from switches, jumpers, and control panels, the
Sonnet upgrade cards are Simply FastŪ. Sonnet products are guaranteed to
operate reliably over variations of machine, time and temperature. The ability
to move an upgrade card from one machine to another without the need to
tweak any jumpers, switches or control panels is a significant advantage to
resellers and organizations that want to maximize their flexibility, while
minimizing the long term technical support requirements.

About Sonnet Technologies, Inc.
Sonnet Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Irvine, California, is the
worldwide market share leader in processor upgrade cards for Apple
MacintoshŪ computers. Founded in 1986, Sonnet 
upgrades more Macintosh models with
processor upgrade cards than any other company. Sonnet processor upgrade
products are easy to install, are backed by a three-year warranty, include
free technical support, and require no switches, jumpers, or control
panels. To locate an authorized reseller or purchase product, visit the Sonnet
Technologies web site at , or call the company
at 1-800-786-6260 (USA and Canada) or 1-949-261-2800.


Sonnet Announces New 450 MHz Speed for PCI Power Mac G4 Upgrade Cards

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA ¯ April 3, 2000. Sonnet Technologies, the worldwide
market share leader in processor upgrade cards for Apple MacintoshŪ
computers, announces for immediate shipment, the latest in G4 upgrade cards for
the PCI Power Macintoshes. The new speed of 450 MHz upgrade with 1MB 2:1
ratio backside cache is the fastest available G4 upgrade card for PCI Power
Macs. It earns an impressive MacBench 4.0 processor score of 1611 and is
compatible with all of the following Macintosh models:

- Power Mac 7300, 7500, 7600, 8500, 8515, 8600, 9500, 9515, 9600
- Workgroup Server 7350, 8550, 9650     
- Power Computing PowerTower Pro and PowerWave
- UMAX J700/S900
- DayStar Genesis 360, 400, 528, 600, 720, 800, 900, 932        
- Mactell XB-Pro

Pricing
Crescendo G4 450/1MB for PCI Power Macs $799.95

Altivec Enabling Software
The Sonnet Crescendo G4 upgrade ships with superior Altivec Enabling
software, giving all applications access to the Altivec processing engine in
the G4 processor. The unique Sonnet Enabler extends Altivec support to even
MacsBug, which is an important distinction for software developers and
sophisticated users.

Mac OS 9 Velocity Engine and Adobe Photoshop Altivec Compatibility 
Sonnet Crescendo G4 Enabler fully supports the Apple Velocity EngineŪ
libraries included in MacŪ OS 9. Programs such as Adobe Photoshop 5.5 Altivec
Plug-ins and After Effects; Apple Computer Final Cut Pro 1.2; Astarte
Software AG Mpack 3.5.1; Casady & Greene Sound JAM; Connectix Corporation
Virtual PC; Deneba Canvas 7; Macromedia Flash, Dreamweaver, and Director;
MetaCreations Kai˙s Power Tools and Bryce; QDesign Qdesign; Sonic Solutions
Sonic DVD Fusion, Sonic DVD Transcoder, Sonic DVD Creator; as well as many
other Altivec-enabled software applications. Scientific and audio/video
authoring applications will benefit significantly from a Sonnet G4 upgrade.

Sonnet Metronome
Every Sonnet G3 and G4 upgrade includes the Metronome Profiler Utility
software, giving users useful system performance information such as
processor type, speed, temperature, bus speed, and cache size.

Simply FastŪ
Sonnet cards have unequaled ease-of-installation and reliability. The
Sonnet Crescendo and Encore cards work in every compatible Macintosh without
the need for the antiquated methods of hardware 
configuration. Free from switches, jumpers, and control panels, the
Sonnet upgrade cards are Simply FastŪ. Sonnet products are guaranteed to
operate reliably over variations of machine, time and temperature. The ability
to move an upgrade card from one machine to another without the need to
tweak any jumpers, switches or control panels is a significant advantage
to resellers and organizations that want to maximize their flexibility,
while minimizing the long term technical support requirements.

About Sonnet Technologies, Inc.
Sonnet Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Irvine, California, is the
worldwide market share leader in processor upgrade cards for Apple
MacintoshŪ computers. Founded in 1986, Sonnet 
upgrades more Macintosh models with
processor upgrade cards than any other company. Sonnet processor upgrade
products are easy to install, are backed by a three-year warranty, include
free technical support, and require no switches, jumpers, or control
panels. To locate an authorized reseller or purchase product, visit the Sonnet
Technologies web site at , or call the company
at 1-800-786-6260 (USA and Canada) or 1-949-261-2800.
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