April 3
Sonnet Drops Upgrade Prices
New 450 MHz G4 upgrade available

by David Nagel
Senior Producer

Sonnet Technologies, Irvine, Calif., has come out with a new G4 upgrade card for PCI Power Macs. The new card runs at 450 MHz and comes with a 1 MB backside cache. The Crescendo G4 ships with Altivec enabling software, which gives applications access to the G4's Velocity Engine. Sonnet says the enabler "fully supports" the Apple Velocity Engine libraries included with OS 9. The card runs on Apple Power Macintosh 7300 through 9600 models, Power Computing Power Tower Pro and Power Wave, Umax j700 and S900, Daystar Genesis 360 through 932 and Mactell XB-Pro. The Crescendo G4 450 is available now for $799.

Sonnet also announced today several price reductions in its existing line of G3 and G4 upgrade cards. Changes are as follows:

Card Old Price New Price
Crescendo G3/PCI 500 MHz/1 MB backside cache $699.95 $599.95
Crescendo G4/PCI 350 MHz/1 MB backside cache $599.95 $499.95
Crescendo G4 400 MHz/1 MB backside cache $799.95 $649.95
Encore G3 500 MHz/1 MB backside cache $699.95 $599.95
Encore G4 400 MHz/1 MB backside cache $799.95 $649.95

The Encore G3 and G4 upgrade cards are compatible with all G3 and G4 models except the iMac. The crescendo cards are compatible with older PCI Power Macintoshes. For more information, visit http://www.sonnettech.com.

Newer technology also introduced a 450 MHz upgrade today, as well as lower pricing on exisitng upgrades. Click here to read that story.

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