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OWC offers $140 1.0GHz ZIF G3 upgrade

updated 04:25 pm EDT, Mon September 10, 2007

faster, cooler than stock

Other World Computing has announced today the immediate availability new PowerLogix G3 1.0GHz ZIF memory upgrades for PowerMac G3 'Beige,' G3 B&W, and G4 'Yikes' PCI Macs, priced at $140. The upgrades are compatible with Macs running OS 8.6 to 9.2.2 and Apple OS X 10.1.5 and later (including Mac OS X 10.4.x Tiger). The company claims the upgrade runs far cooler and uses far less power than the stock processor. It includes 1MB of 1:1 high-speed on-chip level 2 cache.  




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  1. Bwa

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Who cares?

    Seriously, a new upgrade for 9-10 year old computers?

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Never in the Windows land

    Obviously, there is a market. It probably means that a ten-year old mac can still run the latest Mac OS (try Vista on PentiumII !!).

    There are definitely many more macs out there than any stats show; they live many more years than Win boxes.

  1. LtCarter47

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    I care

    I have a B&W that was upgraded to 500MHz with one of these ZIF processors, and it was nice for a time. A 1GHz upgrade will make it relevant yet again.

  1. l008com

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Newsflash

    1 GHz is not an up-to-date processors. Furhtermore, a 66MHz BUS G3 upgraded to a 1GHz G3 is still going to be very bad at video playback. Its still going to be held back by a very slow bus, very slow ram, and likely a very slow hard drive. $140 can get you 25% of a new mac mini, with fast ram, fast bus, and 3.66GHz of total processor power.

  1. chucker

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    yes but...

    1 GHz is not an up-to-date processors. Furhtermore, a 66MHz BUS G3 upgraded to a 1GHz G3 is still going to be very bad at video playback. Its still going to be held back by a very slow bus, very slow ram, and likely a very slow hard drive. $140 can get you 25% of a new mac mini, with fast ram, fast bus, and 3.66GHz of total processor power.

    yes, but what if you love your G3?

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    upgrades are crazy but...

    ...they're also so cool. I have an original bondi-blue iMac with the (rare) NewerTech 433 Mhz G4 daughter card. Runs sweet and altivec, most noticeable when ripping CD's!

  1. Bwa

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    No, really.

    I just sold my dual 2GHz G5 w/ 3 GB of RAM and 3 video cards because it's not powerful enough to be useful.

    A used G4 w/ 100 or 133 mhz bus would only be $140 these days, and you'd get more hard disk bays + AltiVec, faster slots, better video, USB (not on the Beige G3s), better ATA controllers, etc.

    This is a waste of money.

  1. Bwa

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    addendum

    I should qualify the "not powerful enough" comment to say "not powerful enough to be useful for what I do". Obviously it was useful to someone, or I would not have sold it.

    Even my mom is running a G4 w/ 1 GB of RAM at this point. Those beige boxes maxed out at 768.

  1. slider

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Um Yeah

    I'm sure there are those, for some reason, that can and will make use of this, but is this really a MacNN headline worthy article. I would think the majority of readers are in the, who-cares or are-you-nuts, boat. I mean it's a G3!

  1. Herod

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    corvettes and pintos

    you can put a motor from a Z06 corvette into a pinto.....

    its still a pinto

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