The Performance Edge: Santa Sonnet - Sonnet's Holiday Price Cuts And The New Price/Performance Equation

Sonnet has come out with a series of prices cuts ranging from $50 to $100 on 12 of its G3 upgrade cards - just in time for chirstmas. Below we explore what performance gain you will see with these cards installed in the machines they are made for. We also take a comparative look at the price/performance equation of each card.

 



New Prices and the Machines The Cards Are Intended For

Note: It may be some days after this is posted that new prices will be reflected at retailers

Encore G3 500/1M
Old Price $799.95 New Price $699.95
Power Mac G3 desktops
G3 Towers
G3 Servers
All-In-One
Blue & White G3s

Crescendo G3/PCI 266/512K
Old Price $249.95 New Price $199.95

Crescendo G3/PCI 300/512K
Old Price $299.95 New Price $249.95

Crescendo G3/PCI 300/1M
Old Price $349.95 New Price$299.95

Crescendo G3/PCI 400/1M
Old Price $499.95 New Price $399.95

Crescendo G3/PCI 466/1M
Old Price $649.95 New Price $599.95

Crescendo G3/PCI 500/1M
Old Price $799.95 New Price $699.95

Power Mac 7300, 7500, 7600, 8500, 8515, 8600, 9500, 9515, 9600
Workgroup Server 7350, 8550, 9650
Power Computing PowerCenter, PowerCenter Pro, PowerTower, PowerTower Pro, PowerWave, PowerCurve
UMAX J700/S900
DayStar Genesis 360, 400, 528, 600, 720, 800, 900, 932
Mactell XB-Pro

Crescendo G3/NuBus 300/1M
Old Price $399.95 New Price $349.95

Crescendo G3/NuBus 400/1M
Old Price $599.95 New Price $499.95

Power Mac 6100, 7100, 8100
Performa 611X
Workgroup Server 6150, 8150, 9150
Radius 81/110
Power Computing Power 100, Power 120

Crescendo G3 250/512 for PCI/L2 Macs
Old Price $249.95 New Price $199.95

Crescendo G3 300/512K for PCI/L2 Macs
Old Price $299.95 New Price $249.95

Crescendo G3 300/1M for PCI/L2 Macs
Old Price $349.95 New Price $299.95

Power Mac 4400, 5400, 5500*, 6400, 6500*, 7220
Performa 5400, 5410, 5420, 5430, 5440, 6360, 6400, 6410, 6420
20th Anniversary Mac*
Power Computing PowerBase Desktop
Motorola StarMax 3000, 4000

* The Crescendo G3/L2 400/1M will support only Mac models that have a 50 MHz bus speed as indicated with asterisk.

Previous Sonnet Prices

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What kind of performance gain are you getting for the money you'll be shelling out for the various cards?......

Benchmarks marked in Bold were done by MacSpeedZone ones marked in Red are from the manufacturer

 

 

 

And how much do you pay per performance point (price divided by performance score) ....

Previous Sonnet Price/Performance Numbers

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Press Release

December 1, 1999

SONNET SLASHES G3 PRICES IN TIME FOR YEAR-END PURCHASES

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA ¯ December 1, 1999. Sonnet Technologies, the worldwide
market share leader in processor upgrade cards for Apple MacintoshŪ
computers, drops prices by as much as 20% on G3 processor upgrades. With such
spectacular holiday price reductions, Sonnet Technologies continues to set
the price/performance standard for G3 processor upgrades. Sonnet˙s new
lower prices are as follows:

Crescendo G3/PCI 266/512        $199.95 (was $249.95)
Crescendo G3/PCI 300/512                $249.95 (was $299.95)
Crescendo G3/PCI 300/1M         $299.95 (was $349.95)
Crescendo G3/PCI 400/1M         $399.95 (was $499.95)
Crescendo G3/PCI 466/1M         $599.95 (was $649.95)
Crescendo G3/PCI 500/1M         $699.95 (was $799.95)

The above cards are compatible with the following Macintosh models:
- Power Mac 7300, 7500, 7600, 8500, 8515, 8600, 9500, 9515, 9600
- Workgroup Server 7350, 8550, 9650     
- Power Computing PowerTower Pro, PowerWave
- UMAX J700/S900
- DayStar Genesis Series, Millennium
- Mactell XB Pro
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Crescendo G3/NuBus 300/1M               $349.95 (was $399.95)
Crescendo G3/NuBus 400/1M  $499.95 (was $599.95)

The above cards are compatible with the following Macintosh models:
- Power Mac 6100, 7100, 8100 (including AV models)
- Performa 611X
- Workgroup Server 6150, 8150, 9150
- Radius 81/110 
- Power Computing Power 100, Power 120  
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Crescendo G3/L2 250/512         $199.95 (was $249.95)
Crescendo G3/L2 300/512         $249.95 (was $299.95)
Crescendo G3/L2 300/1M             $299.95 (was $349.95)

The above cards are compatible with the following Macintosh models:
- Power Mac 4400, 5400, 5500, 6400, 6500, 7220
- Performa 54XX, 6360, 64XX
- 20th Anniversary Mac
- StarMax 3000, 4000
- Power Computing PowerBase
- UMAX C500, C600
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Encore G3 500/1M                $699.95 (was $799.95)

The Encore is compatible with the following Macintosh models:
- G3 Desktop, Mini Tower, Server, All-In-One
- G3 Blue and White 
- G4 Graphite "Yikes"
The Encore G3 plugs into the ZIF socket of any of the compatible models
without needing switches, jumpers or control panels. The unique Encore G3
hardware will automatically configure itself to run at 500MHz whether
plugged into a 66 MHz bus Platinum G3, or a 100 MHz Blue&White or Graphite.


Sonnet Metronome
Every Sonnet G3 and G4 upgrade includes the Metronome Profiler Utility
software, giving users useful system performance information such as
processor type, speed, temperature, bus speed, and cache size.

Simply FastŪ
Sonnet cards have unequaled ease-of-installation and reliability. The
Sonnet Crescendo and Encore cards work in every compatible Macintosh without
the need for the antiquated methods of hardware configuration. Free from
switches, jumpers, and control panels, the Sonnet upgrade cards are Simply
FastŪ. Sonnet products are guaranteed to operate reliably over variations
of machine, time and temperature. The ability to move an upgrade card from
one machine to another without the need to tweak any jumpers, switches or
control panels is a significant advantage to resellers and organizations
that want to maximize their flexibility, while minimizing the long term
technical support requirements.

About Sonnet Technologies, Inc.
Sonnet Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Irvine, California, is the
worldwide market share leader in processor upgrade cards for Apple
MacintoshŪ computers. Founded in 1986, 
`Sonnet upgrades more Macintosh models with processor upgrade cards than any other company. Sonnet G3 and G4 processor upgrade products are easy to install, are backed by a three-year warranty, include free technical support, and require no switches, jumpers, or control panels. To locate an authorized reseller or purchase product, visit the Sonnet Technologies web site at , or call the company at 1-800-786-6260 (USA and Canada) or 1-949-261-2800. ##### --------------------------------------- Come visit us at MacWorld San Francisco January 5-8, 2000 Booth #535 Joy J.I. Hsu Sonnet Technologies, Inc. Ph:(949) 261-2800 x. 23 Fx: (949) 261-2461 --------------------------------------