Mac upgrade card maker
on Wednesday announced the release of new PowerForce G4 Dual CPU upgrade cards for certain models of Power Mac G4s. The new cards step up processor performance to 1.2GHz or 1.4GHz with dual processors.
The new cards use Motorola’s PowerPC 7457 processor, according to PowerLogix. The 7457 draws less power — 40 percent less — than its PowerPC 7455 predecessor, said the company. What’s more, the cards sport 512K of Level 2 cache — twice as much as previous PowerForce cards.
The cards have been developed to work with all Power Mac G4 systems starting with the first “AGP Graphics” model and running up to the QuickSilver 2002 system.
Suggested retail price for the PowerForce Dual @ 1.2GHz is US$799, while the PowerForce Dual @ 1.4GHz will cost $1,199. PowerLogix anticipates first production to ship in 1-2 weeks, with constrained supplies of the high-end model.