Everyone wants more speed, even owners of early G3 Power Macs. A new batch of processor-upgrade cards promises performance boosts for G3's running at 233MHz, 266MHz, 300MHz, 333MHz, and 366MHz.
PowerJolt OverDrive upgrade cards, from Mactell (512/323-6000, http://www.mactell.com ), are available in 300MHz, 333MHz, 366MHz, and 400MHz versions with several cache options. Prices range from $795 to $1,595.
The Maxpowr line of CPU upgrades, from Newer Technology (316/943-0222, http://www.newertech.com ), now includes 333MHz, 366MHz, and 400MHz cards for G3 Power Macs. Newer also plans to offer, by the time you read this, CPU upgrades for older Power Macs, including the 7000, 8000, and 9000 series, and for models from popular clone vendors, including Power Computing, Motorola, and APS Technologies.
PowerLogix (512/795-2978, http://www.powerlogix.com ) offers 333MHz, 366MHz, and 400MHz upgrade cards with various cache speeds. Their prices range from $1,099 to $1,599. Sonnet Technologies (949/261-2800, http://www.sonnettech.com ) has announced three upgrade cards in its Crescendo G3 series, also running at 333MHz, 366MHz, and 400MHz. Prices begin at $1,099.
XLR8 (316/636-5544, http://www.xlr8.com ) is offering a 400MHz, $1,899 version of its Mach Speed G3 CPU upgrade card for Power Macs. The company says the card will work in the Power Mac 7300, 7500, 8500, 8600, 9500, and 9600, as well as most Power Computing models and Umax Computer's SuperMac S900 and J700 lines. XLR8 also offers a 333MHz version and intends to have a 366MHz version by the time you read this.
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