updated 09:00 am EDT, Tue April 15, 2003
Sonnet today announced a new , the fastest processor upgrade available for Power Macs with "ZIF" (Zero Insertion Force) processor sockets. The upgrade utilizes the 745X series of Motorola G4 chips, has 256K of L2 cache and 1MB of L3 cache, offering up to ten times speed improvements over the original system. The first shipping version of the new Encore/ZIF G4 1.0 GHz is compatible with Beige G3 Power Macs. Additional speeds and expanded compatibility with Blue & White and G4 PCI Graphics systems are expected in the coming weeks. It is expected to ship "soon" for $700. Sonnet continues to offer its entry-level of Encore/ZIF G4 models, which are compatible with all Beige G3s, Blue & White G3 Towers, and PCI Graphics G4 Towers. The Encore/ZIF G3/500M is $170, while the Encore/ZIF G4/500 is $300.