[10:00 AM] New iMac Upgrade Cards Offer 1MB Backside Cache
PowerLogix has announced a new product in their G3/G4 upgrade card line, the iForce upgrade for the iMac. The iForce cards offer a full 1MB of "backside" cache which allows for far greater performance than even Apple's iMac DV. According to PowerLogix:
"We are the first manufacturer to offer a no-hassle, low cost alternative to the millions of iMac owners," said Robin Sharp, Marketing Director for PowerLogix R&D, Inc. "The iForce offers bold performance increases at only a modest cost. This is the first and only "from-the-ground-up" iMac processor card design, not simply a remanufactured Apple card. We are offering a full 1mb of backside cache on our high-end iForce model. This is double the size of even the latest iMacs from Apple, resulting in more performance at hundreds of dollars less than the cost of a new iMac."
The iForce ships with either 512k or 1MB of backside cache running at 200 MHz.
MacBench 5.0 tests indicate that even with the low priced 400MHz card, users can increase the performance of their iMac by 150%. The high-end 500Mhz iForce will make even the early iMac 233 a full 145% faster than the latest iMac DV.
The iForce should be available later this month. The iForce 400/200/512 will be available for US$299, while the 400/200/1MB will be available for US$499. You can find more information at the PowerLogix web site.