Sonnet Crescendo G4 PCI

Sonnet's Crescendo G4 PCI upgrade card.

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NEWS AUGUST 16, 2000
Sonnet Drops Prices on G4 Upgrades

PCI cards drop below $500

by David Nagel
Executive Producer
[email protected]

Sonnet Technologies today announced reductions on the prices of three of its G4 upgrade cards. The Crescendo G4 400 MHz PCI upgrade card with 1 MB backside cache now runs $499.95, down from $549.95. The Crescendo G4 450 MHz PCI card with 1 MB backside cache now runs $599.95, down from $649.95.

Sonnet's Crescendo G4 cards work with Power Mac 7300, 7500, 7600, 8500, 8515, 8600, 9500, 9515 and 9600; Macintosh Workgroup Server 7350, 8550 and 9650; Power Computing PowerTower Pro and PowerWave; DayStar Genesis 360, 400, 528, 600, 720, 800, 900 and 932; and Mactell XB-Pro.

The company has also reduced the price of its Encore G4/ZIF. The 400 MHz model with 1 MB backside cache now runs $499.95, down from $549.95. The Encore G4/ZIF card works in Apple's G3 all in one, G3 blue and white, G3 desktop, G3 minitower, G3 server and G4 graphite.

The Sonnet Crescendo G4 upgrade ships with Altivec Enabling software, giving all applications access to the Altivec processing engine in the G4 processor, according to Sonnet. Sonnet Crescendo G4 Enabler fully supports the Apple Velocity Engine libraries included in Mac OS 9. The company lists compatibility with the following programs: Adobe Photoshop 5.5 Altivec plugins and After Effects; Apple Computer Final Cut Pro 1.2; Astarte Software AG Mpack 3.5.1; Casady & Greene Sound JAM; Connectix Corporation Virtual PC; Deneba Canvas 7; Macromedia Flash, Dreamweaver and Director; KaiÍs Power Tools and Bryce; QDesign Qdesign; Sonic Solutions Sonic DVD Fusion, Sonic DVD Transcoder and Sonic DVD Creator; as well as many other Altivec-enabled software applications.

For more information, visit http://www.sonnettech.com.

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