The Performance Edge: Is There A Processor Upgrade Price War On? - Sonnet's Price Cuts And The New Price/Performance Equation

5/15/00

Sonnet has come out with a series of prices cuts ranging from $20 to $100 on 13 of its G3 & G4 upgrade cards - is there a price war on? 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 $599.95 New Price $499.95

Encore G4/400/1M
Old Price $649.95 New Price $549.95

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

Crescendo G4/PCI 450/1M
New Price $799.95 New Price $649.95

Crescendo G4/PCI 400/1M
Old Price $649.95 New Price $549.95

Crescendo G4PCI/ 350/1M
Old Price $499.95 New Price $399.95

Crescendo G3/PCI 500/1M
Old Price $599.95 New Price $499.95

Crescendo G3/PCI 400/1M
Old Price $399.95 New Price $349.95

Crescendo G3/PCI 350/1M
Old Price $299.95 New Price $279.95

Crescendo G3/PCI 333/512K
Old Price $249.95 New Price $199.95

 

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
UMAX J700/S900
DayStar Genesis 360, 400, 528, 600, 720, 800, 900, 932
Mactell XB-Pro

Note: Sonnet's G4 cards only work in the following clones from Power Computing: PowerTower Pro and PowerWave machines

Crescendo G4/NuBus 360/1M
Old Price $599.95 New Price $499.95

Crescendo G3/NuBus 400/1M
Old Price $449.95 New Price $399.95

Crescendo G3/NuBus 266/512K
Old Price $299.95 New Price $269.95

Crescendo G3/NuBus 250/512K
Old Price $249.95 New Price $199.95

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

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

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Press Release


SONNET DROPS PRICES ON G3 AND G4 UPGRADES 

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA Ã May 15, 2000. Sonnet Technologies, the worldwide
market share leader in processor upgrade cards for Apple Macintosh¸
computers, lowers prices by as much as $100 on G3 and G4 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. SonnetØs new lower prices are as
follows:

Crescendo G3/NuBus 250/512K     $199.95 (was $249.95)
Crescendo G3/NuBus 266/512K     $269.95 (was $299.95)
Crescendo G3/NuBus 400/1M               $399.95 (was $449.95)
Crescendo G4/NuBus 360/1M               $499.95 (was $599.95)

SonnetØs 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

Encore G3 500/1M                $499.95 (was $599.95)
Encore G4 400/1M                $549.95 (was $649.95)

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

Crescendo G3/PCI 333/512K               $199.95 (was $249.95)
Crescendo G3/PCI 350/1M                 $279.95 (was $299.95)
Crescendo G3/PCI 400/1M                 $349.95 (was $399.95)
Crescendo G3/PCI 500/1M                 $499.95 (was $599.95)
Crescendo G4/PCI 350/1M                 $399.95 (was $499.95)
Crescendo G4/PCI 400/1M                 $549.95 (was $649.95)
Crescendo G4/PCI 450/1M                 $649.95 (was $799.95)

SonnetØs 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.)

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 KaiØs 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 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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