XLR8, a manufacturer of Mac multiprocessor upgrades and expansion products, has released XLR8 MACh Speed Control 2.5.0 at this week’s Macworld New York. This software utility will configure all of XLR8’s CPU upgrade cards for maximum performance under Mac OS 7.5.2 through Mac OS X.
The XLR8 MACh Speed Control Panel 2.5.0 provides automatic cache profiling and initialization at start-up as well as system tuning that overcomes deficiencies in older environments and improves overall stability, according to Jack Kolk, vice president and general manager of XLR8. Thermal monitoring is available under the “traditional” Mac OS 8.6 – 9.x and higher that will alert the user if potentially dangerous overheating of the CPU or CPUs occurs, he added.
Unlike previous versions, this software requires a valid XLR8 serial number to function. Users should make sure that they have a valid XLR8 serial number for their processor upgrade prior to attempting to install the software. All XLR8 cards sold after January 2000 have a serial number attached to their processor upgrade card (XLR8 will be emailing all registered users of XLR8 upgrade cards a valid serial number). Cards purchased prior to this must obtain a valid serial number to use the software.
Serial numbers for XLR8 and Non-XLR8 upgrade cards can be licensed for US$14.95 on the
XLR8 Web site.
This version of the MACh Speed Control software doesn’t offer dual processor support under Mac OS X for the MACh Carrier G4 MPe or the MACh Velocity G4 MPe. Full symmetric multiprocessing support in OS X is included in MACh Speed Control 3.0, which XLR8 says is due “shortly.”