The Performance Edge: Save 50$ On Your Next G4 Upgrade - What Sonnets Price Cuts Mean To You

Wednesday, August 16, 2000

Sonnet has come out with a series of prices cuts of $50 on 2 of its G4 upgrade cards for PCI based Macs and 1, G4 cards for Zif Macs. 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 G4/400/1M
Old Price $549.95 New Price $499.95
Power Mac G3 desktops
G3 Towers
G3 Servers
All-In-One
Blue & White G3s

Crescendo G4/PCI 450/1M
Old Price $649.95 New Price $599.95

Crescendo G4/PCI 400/1M
Old Price $549.95 New Price $499.95

 

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

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.

 

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

Previous Sonnet Price/Performance Numbers

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Press Release


SONNET DROPS PRICES ON  G4 UPGRADES 

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA Ø August 16, 2000. Sonnet Technologies, the worldwide
market share leader in processor upgrade cards for Apple Macintosh€
computers, lowers prices by up to 10% on G4 processor upgrades. The price
reductions help Sonnet to maintain its market leadership by setting the best
price/performance standard for the G4 processor upgrades. Sonnet¹s new lower
prices are as follows:

Crescendo G4/PCI 400/1M $499.95 (was $549.95)
Crescendo G4/PCI 450/1M $599.95 (was $649.95)

Sonnet¹s full line of Crescendo G3 and G4 PCI upgrade 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.)
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Encore G4/ZIF 400/1M            $499.95 (was $549.95)

Sonnet¹s full line of Encore G3 and G4 upgrade 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 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 Engine€
libraries included in Mac€ 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 Kai¹s 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 processor upgrade includes the Metronome Profiler Utility
software, giving users useful system performance information such as
processor type, speed, and bus speed.

Simply Fast€
Sonnet cards have unequaled ease-of-installation and reliability. The
Sonnet Presto, 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 Fast€. 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 and enhancement
products for Apple Macintosh€ computers. Founded in 1986, Sonnet upgrades
more Macintosh models with processor upgrade cards than any other company.
Sonnet 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 1 949-457-8500