updated 09:20 am EDT, Wed March 28, 2007
Power Mac G4 CPU upgrades
Newer Technology (NewerTech) today announced the MAXPower G4/7448 Single- and Dual-Processor Upgrades starting at $400 for Power Macintosh G4 AGP Graphics/Sawtooth, Gigabit Ethernet, Digital/Audio, or Quicksilver model computers. The MAXPower Processor Upgrades are the world's only available and shipping G4 7448 processor upgrades, delivering better performance than even new Intel-based Macintosh systems as well as up to 40 percent faster performance over competing 7447A processor upgrades, the company said. The MAXPower G4/7448 Processor Upgrades utilize the latest generation Freescale 7448 processors and are 100 percent compatible with existing hardware, application software, and Mac OS 9.2.2/Mac OS X v10.3.5--without any operating system modifications. Pricing starts at $400 for a single-CPU upgrade, while dual-CPU upgrades are available starting at $600.
"In both standard benchmark applications, as well as in real-world application testing, the results show the incredible performance gains of the MAXPower G4/7448 Processor equipped PowerMac G4s," NewerTech said. "In a real-world Adobe Creative Suite Photoshop action test, the MAXPower was actually faster than the latest 2.33GHz iMac Core 2 Duo system. When compared to an Intel Core Solo 1.5GHz equipped Mac mini, MAXPower Processor Upgrades delivered up to 4.6 times faster performance during intensive CPU usage. "
NewerTech said that performance increases are achieved with a strategic set of engineering enhancements, including 1MB of on-chip L2 cache fully pipelined for two-cycle throughput, a full implementation of 128-bit AltiVec technology -- with enhanced support for out-of-order instruction -- and the use of 90 nanometer silicon on insulator (SOI) CMOS process technology for increased clock and bus speeds while reducing power requirements.
MAXPower Processor Upgrades are easily installed in 10 minutes or less, the company claims.
"Apple built the PowerMac G4 to last and our new MaxPower G4/7448 Processor Upgrades give these systems an unprecedented level of processing power," said Larry O'Connor, President of Newer Technology. "Using less power and running cooler than the competition, no other G4 processor upgrade even comes close to MAXPower's capabilities. When you consider the cost of not only a new computer, but also the cost of software needed to get best use from it, NewerTech's MAXPower upholds our long standing reputation of cost-effective solutions which make a NewerTech enhanced system 'Better than New'."
NewerTech's MAXPower G4/7448 Processor Upgrades are available in four configurations: 1.8GHz single ($400), 2.0GHz single ($450), 1.7-1.73GHz DUAL ($600), and 1.8GHz DUAL ($700) and are available immediately from Other World Computing and other resellers. They ship with a limited three-year warranty as well as a 30-day 100 percent money back guarantee.