Mac upgrade maker
PowerLogix announced new upgrades for various Macs, including Power Mac G4s, Cubes, beige systems and blue and white G3s.
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The centerpiece of the new upgrades is the PowerForce Dual G4 1.2GHz, a new CPU upgrade aimed at AGP-based Power Mac G4s. While the card’s excluded from working in Cubes for now, PowerLogix said that it has “pledged continued support” for the Cube, and said it’ll make the card work if possible.
The PowerForce G4 Series 233 single processor upgrade is now available in 800MHz, 1GHz and 1.2GHz. It’s compatible with all AGP-based Power Mac G4s, including the Cube, and supports both 100 and 133MHz bus speeds.
The PowerForce G4 Series sports 2MB of L3 cache per processor. PowerLogix noted that the upgrades use SDRAM technology, as their studies have show that DDR RAM provides no performance advantage.
PowerLogix also has released a new ZIF upgrade aimed at beige Power Mac G3s, Blue and White G3 and the original Power Mac G4, called thee PowerMac G3 800 ZIF. Equipped with a PowerPC 750FX processor clocked at 800MHz, the upgrade incorporates 512K of cache running at a 1:1 ratio with the processor.
PowerLogix is also offering a variable speed CPU upgrade aimed at PowerBook G3 “Pismo” models — the last generation of black-clad PowerBook G3s. The new upgrade is called the Blue Chip G3 800 Pismo, and PowerLogix noted that it can be adjusted to a lower clock speed using software without having the be rebooted — thus enabling users to extend battery life. PowerLogix said that its tests show that up to 30 minutes of additional battery life can be claimed using the software. Like the PowerMac G3 800 ZIF, the Blue Chip G3 800 sports an IBM 750FX processor clocked at 800MHz; it’s equipped with 512K of L2 cache.
PowerLogix had one final card up its sleeve for Macworld Expo announcements, too: The PowerForce G3 800, another IBM 750FX processor-based upgrade, this time aimed at PCI-based Power Macs.
PowerLogix said that the 1.2GHz upgrades will ship within two weeks; look for the rest to ship within three weeks. Pricing was not yet available as MacCentral posted this article.