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The Performance Edge: XLR8 Has Cut Prices Up To 16% Across Its Produt Line - The New Upgrade Card Price/Performance Equation
Saturday, August 4, 2001

XLR8 has, dropped prices up to $70 across its product line. Now you can upgrade your 604e based Power Mac to a G4 for $359 or your native G3 machine for $319. Prices have also dropped on the dual processor upgrades. However these upgrades are still quite expensive ranging from just under $900 to just under $1,00. Be sure to check the following pages for more information about XLR8 upgrades:

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New MSRP Prices and the Machines The Cards Are Intended For

*Note it may take several days for these new prices to show up in retailers*

MACh Carrier G3/500/250/1MB Old Price $429 New Price $399

MACh Carrier G3/450/225/1MB Old Price $359 New Price $329

MACh Carrier G3/400/200/1MB Old Price $299 New Price $269

 

MACh Carrier G4/450/225/1MB Old Price $479 New Price $449

MACh Carrier G4/400/200/1MB Old Price $429 New Price $359

 

MACh Carrier Dual MPe G4/450/225/1MB Old Price $1,129 New Price $1,059

MACh Carrier Dual MPe G4/400/200/1MB Old Price $1,029 New Price $979

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 720, 800, 900, 932
Millennium.

MACh Speed G3Z/500/250/1MB Old Price $379 New Price $349

MACh Speed G3Z/450/225/1MB Old Price $289 New Price $279

MACh Speed G3Z/400/200/1MB Old Price $239 New Price $229

 

MACh Speed G4Z/400/200/1MB Old Price $349 New Price $319

 

MACh Velocity Dual MPe G4Z/500/250/1MB Old Price $1,279 New Price $1,199

MACh Velocity Dual MPe G4Z/400/200/1MB Old Price $929 New Price $879

Power Mac G3 desktops
G3 Towers
G3 Servers
G3 All-in-one
Blue & White G3s
ZIF based G4 systems

Also can be used in the following machines when combined with a XLR8 CarrierZIF Upgrade Adapter

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 720, 800, 900, 932
Millennium.

 

Previous Prices for XLR8 cards


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

Bear in mind that MacBench 4.0 does not use the special AltiVec instructions of the G4 processor. Nor does it make use of a second processor in dual processor configurations. So the scores below will not show the improved performance of the G4 over the G3 for applications written to take advantage of the G4 and/or dual processors. In our testing using AltiVec savvy applications we have seen between 38% to 128% performance improvement when using a G4 over that of the G3. For more information see below.

The scores below are relative to the performance of the slowest machine which receives a score of 100%. Higher scores mean better performance.

Some of the scores below as based on estimates.....your mileage may vary.

 



Ok, Ok! But what about the Velocity Engine (AltiVec), and dual processor scores for these upgrades? Click here

Ok, Ok! But what about the Velocity Engine (AltiVec), and dual processor scores for these upgrades? Click here

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XLR8 Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

XLR8 now even better value!
meeting growing demand for low cost G3’s and fast G4 processor upgrades.

Atlanta, Georgia. August 1, 2001: XLR8, the leading manufacturer of Macintosh multiprocessor upgrades and expansion products reduced pricing on many of it’s most popular processor upgrades by up to 16%. The new lower pricing makes it more affordable to purchase the highest quality upgrades available for Apple Power Macintosh systems.

Only XLR8 with it's modular, upgradable and re-configurable design philosophy, exemplified by the Carrier ZIF MPe and MACh Velocity, has made the upgrades the products of choice for buyers wishing to protect their investment in processors, especially the Motorola G4 processors. With more and more applications, as well as Mac OS 9 and OS X, becoming optimized for Motorola G4’s every day, the performance gains of upgrading systems to a single or dual Motorola G4 is huge.

"Our G4 MPe ZIF design allows customers to start with any speed processor and later upgrade to higher speed G4 processors. Only with XLR8 do you have the option to later add a second processor at a much lower cost for blazing fast performance on multiprocessing applications and OS X Server,” stated Jack Kolk, VP and General Manager of XLR8. “Once again customers can upgrade to great performance for less than ever before.”

For additional information and a complete listing of XLR8 products visit their website at www.xlr8.com or contact your nearest Apple experts.

The following tables list products which have new low costs:

G3 Configurations: Current SRP New SRP % Decrease
400 MHz MACh Speed G3 ZIF $239 $229 4%
450/466 Mhz MACh Speed G3 ZIF $289 $279 3%
500 MHz Mach Speed G3 ZIF $379 $349 8%
400 MHz MACh Carrier G3 $299 $269 10%
450/466 MACh Carier G3 $359 $329 8%
500 MHz MACh Carrier G3 $429 $399 7%


G4 Configurations: Current SRP New SRP % Decrease
400 MHz G4 ZIF $349 $319 9%
400 MHz MACh Carrier G4 $429 $359 16%
450/466 MACh Carier G4 $479 $449 6%

MPe Configurations: Current SRP New SRP % Decrease

Dual Mach Velocity G4 Configurations:
2x400 MHz MACh Velocity G4 Mpe $929 $879 5%
2x500 MHz MACh Velocity G4 Mpe $1,279 $1,199 6%

Dual Mach Carrier G4 Configurations:
400 MHz MACh Carrier G4 Mpe $1,029 $979 5%
450/466 Mhz MACh Carrier G4 Mpe $1,129 $1,059 6%


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About XLR8

XLR8 is a Macintosh focused wholly owned subsidiary of Tripp Lite, a 78 year old company and leader in the power protection industry. XLR8® products are available through computer superstores, mass merchants, wholesale distributors, resellers and online catalogs worldwide, including the following: Club Mac, Global Economy, Cyberian Outpost, MacSelect, MacGurus, MacWholesale, MacWorks, OtherWorld Computing, CLG Informatique, MagicMac, MacPartner, VP Computer, Pabst and Jigsaw.

XLR8 brand products now lead the Mac industry with innovation, superior engineering, compatibility and performance. XLR8 Product offerings include Macintosh processor upgrades families - the MACh Velocity G4 Mpe, MACh Speed G3 & G4 ZIF, MACh Carrier G3 & G4, Carrier ZIF and CarrierZIF MPe in addition to it’s Digital Capture products – InterView and Interview PCI and it’s Peripherals - USB Performance Package, Point&Scroll Mouse, DualPort USB, and many soon to be announced products for the Mac enthusiast. XLR8 products are available worldwide. XLR8 maintains a full information resource center on the Internet at www.xlr8.com. XLR8's CPU products are backed by the XLR8's exclusive Performance Trade-Up Program. All products are backed a full two-year limited warranty and a 30-day money back guarantee through authorized dealers.

XLR8, a division of Tripp Lite.

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