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October 14th, 1999

[9:00 AM] Newer Rolls OUt 500 MHz G3 Upgrade, Drops Prices Across Product Line

Newer Technology has announced a 500Mhz G3 upgrade. Along with the new upgrade, price cuts across the entire Newer Technology G3 line were also announced. G4 upgrade availability has also been updated. According to Newer Technology:

The new 500MHz G3 processor from IBM uses a 10X bus multiple which allows Power Macs to be upgraded to 500MHz. (The 10X bus multiple multiplied by the maximum stock bus speed of 50MHz gives a top CPU clock speed of 500MHz.) The 500MHz G3 processor has taken over the high end of the MAXpowr G3 product line, replacing the 466MHz. The 500MHz MAXpowr G3 processor is designed for the 7300-9600 as well as UMAX and Power Computing models. The MAXpowr G3-G3 500MHz upgrade is designed for the beige and blue/white Power Mac G3 systems. Both processor upgrade products simply replace the stock processor.

The MAXpowr G4 400MHz upgrade for the blue/white Power Mac G3s will begin shipping in late November.

Product Was New Price Decrease
MAXpowr G3 PDS 6100 240-266MHz $349 $299 -$50
MAXpowr G3 PDS 71/81 266-300MHz $549 $449 -$100
for Power Mac 7100 and 8100
MAXpowr G3 300/1MB/200 $449 $399 -$50
MAXpowr G3 400/1MB/200 $649 $549 -$100
MAXpowr G3 500 $949
MAXpowr G3-G3 400/1MB/200 $599 $499 -$100
MAXpowr G3-G3 500 $899
for beige and blue/white Power Mac G3s
MAXpowr G3 L2 300/512/200 $399 $349 -$50
MAXpowr G3 L2 300/1MB/200 $459 $399 -$60
for: Power Mac 4400, 4400 DOS, 7220 (international), 5400, 5500, 6400,
6500; Performa 5400, 5410, 5420, 5430, 5440, 6360, 6400, 6410, 6420; UMAX
C-500, C-600; Power Computing PowerBase (all); all Motorola StarMax 3000,
4000, 5000, 5500; APS M*Power series (all).

The introduction of the 500MHz G3 processor, with a MacBench 5 processor test score of 1604, has replaced the 466MHz G3 upgrades as the top performance upgrade. The MAXpowr products below have been discontinued to better match customer demand. The following processor upgrades will no longer be produced:

240-266MHz and 333-400MHz MAXpowr G3 PDS 71/81
populated MAXpowr G3-CC (ZIF carrier cards)
400MHz MAXpowr G3-L2
466MHz MAXpowr G3 (replaced by 500MHz G3)
466MHz MAXpowr G3-G3 (replaced by 500MHz G3)

These specific products may still be in stock and interested customers are encouraged to shop Newer Technology resellers to locate any remaining inventory. Customers are encouraged to review the MAXpowr G3 processor upgrade "matrix" on the web site for a complete overview of all Newer Technology upgrade options.

Additional product price changes include a drop of $100 to an estimated street price of $149 for the FireWire 2 Go CardBus FireWire adapter for the PowerBook G3 Series computers. FireWire 2 Go is being used by digital photographers who prefer the PowerBook G3 as a digital image capture and DV video editing station.

The MAXpowr G4 400MHz upgrade for the blue/white Power Mac G3s will begin shipping in late November for $799.

You can find more information at the Newer Technology web site.

Newer Technology



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