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

5/4/00

Sonnet has come out with a series of prices cuts ranging from $20 to $100 on 4 of its G3 upgrade cards for PCI based Macs and 2, G3 cache slot upgrades. 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/PCI 350/1M
Old Price $349.95 New Price $299.95

Crescendo G3/PCI 333/512K
Old Price $299.95 New Price $249.95

Crescendo G3/PCI 300/512K
Old Price $199.95 New Price $249.95

Crescendo G3PCI/ 266/512K
Old Price $199.95 New Price $179.95

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.)

Crescendo G3 500/1M for PCI/L2 Macs
Old Price $699.95 New Price $599.95

Crescendo G3 400/1M for PCI/L2 Macs
Old Price $499.95 New Price $399.95

Power Mac 4400, 5400, 5500*, 6400, 6500*, 7220
Performa 5400, 5410, 5420, 5430, 5440, 6360, 6400, 6410, 6420
20th Anniversary Mac*
Power Computing PowerBase Desktop
Motorola StarMax 3000, 4000

* The Crescendo G3/L2 500/1M will support only Mac models that have a 50 MHz bus speed as indicated with asterisk.

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


IRVINE, CALIFORNIA Ø May 1, 2000. Sonnet Technologies, the worldwide
market share leader in processor upgrade cards for Apple Macintosh€ computers,
lowers prices by up to 20% 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/PCI 266/512K       $179.95 (was $199.95)
Crescendo G3/PCI 300/512K       $199.95 (was $249.95)
Crescendo G3/PCI 333/512K       $249.95 (was $299.95)
Crescendo G3/PCI 350/1M         $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.)
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Crescendo G3/L2 400/1M  $399.95 (was $499.95)
Crescendo G3/L2 500/1M  $599.95 (was $699.95)ó

Sonnet¹s full line for Crescendo G3/L2 cards for èupgrade-challengedî
machines are compatible with the following Macintosh models:
- Power Mac 4400, 5400, 5500, 6400, 6500, 7220
- Performa 54XX, 6360, 64XX
- 20th Anniversary Mac
- StarMax 3000, 4000, 5000, 5500
- Power Computing PowerBase
- UMAX C500, C600

(ó Compatible with PowerMac 5500, 6500, and 20th Anniversary Macs 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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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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