TechnoWarehouse LLC said that it’s now offering the iTechDV — a 500MHz G4 processor upgrade aimed at slot-loading CRT-based iMacs.
TechnoWarehouse’s own tests show significant performance improvements using an iTechDV upgrade for both iMovie and Photoshop running in Mac OS 9.2.2 and Mac OS X, compared to a stock 350MHz processor. More information about the benchmarks are available from TechnoWarehouse’s Web site.
The upgrade requires you to remove your motherboard from the iMac and deliver it to TechnoWarehouse directly. After you place an order, the company sends you a box, antistatic bag and wriststrap, and instructions for pulling the motherboard from your iMac. Once you’ve sent in the motherboard, TechnoWarehouse arranges to have the upgrade installed and returns the motherboard to you. TechnoWarehouse estimates the total turnaround for an upgrade to be about 10 days from start to finish.
Wichita, KS-based TechnoWarehouse was founded by former Newer Technology managers. The company offers a wide array of third-party processor upgrades and other performance enhancing products for the Macintosh, as well as many peripherals.
The iTechDV is available for US$299, plus $8 for shipping.