The Performance Edge: Two New Screaming G3 Cards Push The Performance Envelope - The Price/Performance Equation

Sonnet has come out with two new G3 upgrade cards; one for PCI based Macs running at 466Mhz and the other for NuBus Macs clocked at 400Mhz.The 466Mhz card use the new G3 chip that can run up to 10X the bus speed (previous top was 8X). 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

Crescendo G3 466/233/1MB for PCI Power Mac $899.95

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

Crescendo G3 400/200/1MB for NuBus Power Mac $699.95

Power Mac 7100, 8100



What kind of performance gain are you getting for the money you'll be shelling out for the various cards?......


**The Crescendo NuBus card runs full speed in 80Mhz machines, at 366Mhz in 110Mhz machines and 333Mhz in 100Mhz & 66Mhz machines (10X bus speed)

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


Question: 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

                         Subject:                             Time:   2:08
   OFFICE MEMO         Sonnet Announces New Speeds
For Release: July 21, 1999

For More Information, please contact:
Joy Hsu

Sonnet Announces New Speeds for PCI and NuBus Power Mac Upgrade Cards

Sonnet adds Crescendo G3 466 MHz for PCI Macs and 400 MHz for NuBus Macs
to Robust line of Mac Upgrade Cards

NEW YORK. July 21, 1999.  Sonnet Technologies, the leading manufacturer
of performance upgrade products for Apple MacintoshTM computers, announces
for immediate shipment, the fastest available G3 upgrade cards for the PCI
and NuBus Power Macintoshes. The new speed of 466 MHz and 400 MHz tops
the Sonnet line of Crescendo G3 upgrade cards for the PCI Power Macs and
NuBus Power Macs respectively. These products use the new 10x bus speed G3
processor from IBM.

The Crescendo G3 466 MHz for the PCI Power Macs are configured with 1MB
2:1 ratio backside cache, and earned an impressive MacBench 4.0 processor
score of 1630. It is compatible with all of the following Macintosh models:

- Power Mac 7300/7500/7600/8500/8600/9500/9600  
- Workgroup Server 7350, 8550, 9650
- Daystar Genesis
- PowerCenter, PowerCenter Pro, PowerCurve, PowerTower, PowerTower Pro,
- UMAX J700/S900

The Crescendo G3 400 MHz for NuBus Macs comes with 1MB 2:1 ratio backside
cache, and earned  a notable MacBench 4.0 processor score of 1400. It is
compatible with all of the following Macintosh models:

- Power Mac 7100/80, 7100/80AV, 8100/80, 8100/100 AV, 8100/110*,
- Workgroup Server 8150, 8150/110*, 9150, 9150/120
- Power Computing Power 120
- Radius 81/110*

* In these machines, the card runs at 366 MHz instead of 400 MHz due to
the 36.6 MHz bus speed.

Crescendo G3 466/1MB for PCI Power Macs $899.95
Crescendo G3 400/1MB for NuBus Power Macs       $699.95

About Sonnet Technologies, Inc.
Sonnet Technologies, Inc. is headquartered in Irvine, California, and is
the worldØs leading Macintosh upgrade company. 
Founded in 1986, Sonnet
upgrades more Macintosh models with processor upgrade cards than any other
company. Sonnet G3 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