The Performance Edge: Save 50$ On Your Next G3 Upgrade - What Sonnets Price Cuts Mean To You

7/3/00

Sonnet has come out with a series of prices cuts ranging from $20 to $50 on 4 of its G3 upgrade cards for PCI based Macs and 2, G3 cards for NuBus 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

Crescendo G3/NuBus 300/150/1M
Old Price $350 New Price $300

Crescendo G3/NuBus 266/133/1MB
Old Price $270 New Price $250

Power Mac 6100, 7100, 8100
Performa 611X
Workgroup Server 6150, 8150, 9150
Radius 100, 81/110
Power Computing Power 100, Power 120

Crescendo G3/PCI 400/200/1M
Old Price $350 New Price $300

Crescendo G3/PCI 333/167/512K
Old Price $200 New Price $170

Crescendo G3/PCI 300150//512K
Old Price $200 New Price $160

Crescendo G3PCI/ 266/133/512K
Old Price $180 New Price $130

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.

 

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

Previous Sonnet Price/Performance Numbers

Have questions about these upgrades? Post your comments or questions below.

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Press Release


SONNET DROPS PRICES ON  G3 UPGRADES 

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA Ø July 1, 2000. Sonnet Technologies, the worldwide
market share leader in processor upgrade cards for Apple Macintosh€
computers, lowers prices by up to 15% on G3 processor upgrades. By offering
substantial and periodic price reductions, Sonnet Technologies maintains its
market leadership by setting the best price/performance standard for G3 and G4
processor upgrades. Sonnet¹s new lower prices are as follows:

Crescendo G3/Nubus 266/1M       $249.95 (was $269.95)
Crescendo G3/NuBus 300/1M       $299.95 (was $349.95)

Sonnet¹s full line for Crescendo G3 and G4 NuBus cards are compatible
with the following Macintosh models:
- Power Mac 6100, 7100, 8100
- Performa 611X
- WGS 6150, 8150, 9150
- Power Computing 100, 120
- Radius System 100, 81/110
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Crescendo G3/PCI 266/512K       $129.95 (was $179.95)
Crescendo G3/PCI 300/512K       $159.95 (was $199.95)
Crescendo G3/PCI 333/512K       $169.95 (was $199.95)
Crescendo G3/PCI 400/1M         $299.95 (was $349.95)

Sonnet¹s 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 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 for Apple
Macintosh€ 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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