updated 12:50 pm EST, Tue March 22, 2005
CPU upgrade for iMac G3
FastMac today released a for the Apple's Slot-Loading iMac G3 computer. The FastMac upgrade replaces the original G3 CPU with a G4 CPU operating at 550MHz and doubles the backside cache from 512K to 1MB, resulting in a 3 to 4 times boost in speed & performance, according to the company. The FastMac upgrade takes full advantage of the G4 AltiVec Velocity Engine, allowing the iMac to now run programs it could not run before, including GarageBand, iChat AV with iSight, and others. The upgrade is 100% compatible with Mac OS 9/X. The $200 upgrade carries a 1-year warranty. It is compatible with the iMac G3 (350MHz, 400MHz, and 450MHz models), and most models of the 500MHz iMac G3.