PowerLogix Announces PowerForce Dual G4 Upgrades
8:03 AM | Lucian Fong | Comment on this story
Late yesterday, PowerLogix announced two new additions to the PowerForce line of processor upgrade cards for older PowerMac G4s. The new PowerForce Dual G4 Series 100/133 sport dual 800 (dual 867 for Series 133) and dual 1 GHz PowerPC G4 processors, each with access to 2 MB of SDR L3 cache. The PowerForce Dual G4 upgrades support all G4 AGP Macs up to the Quicksilvers that were introduced in early 2002, as well as the G4 Cube. Set to ship in two to three weeks, the upgrades will be priced at $799 for the dual 800/867 module and $1199 for the dual 1 Ghz module. PowerLogix also notes two important disclaimers in the press release:
Early models of AGP have a bridge chip that is not compatible with dual processors. We recommend the PowerForce G4 Series 100 (single processor) for those machines. The Dual G4 Series 100 Product Notice page has instructions on how to determine if an AGP machine is dual compatible.In a post to the MacNN forums, a PowerLogix representative suggested an alternative upgrade path for those who can not afford these upgrades:
The PowerMac G4 Cube has a lower capacity power supply and therefore we conservatively recommend installing at most a Dual 800MHz. As Motorola introduces faster processors with lower core voltages, this recommended clock speed limit may increase. The kit for the Cube includes a high-output fan which does mean the Cube is no longer silent but the trade-off is significantly more speed. Cube owners who prefer silent operation should opt for a single processor upgrade up to 1GHz.
You can get a single processor now and upgrade to a dual later if you like, with Powerlogix. [snip] This means you could buy a single 1gig now for $699 retail (or less at your favorite outlet) and when dual 1gigs drop to say, $699 and singles are $399, you could upgrade again and double the number of processors for three hundred bucks. This is a good way to spread out the cost and your net cash out is $200 less.This caps off an active period for PowerLogix as they announced single processor 700, 800, and 1 GHz G4 upgrades, then announced price cuts and an increase in the L3 cache shortly after the product shipped. All in all, this is great news for owners of older PowerMac G4s who are looking to upgrade at a reasonable cost.
PowerForce Dual G4 Series 100/133 Press Release
PowerForce Dual G4 Series 100
PowerForce Dual G4 Series 133
PowerForce G4 Series 100
PowerForce G4 Series 133
PowerLogix Comments in MacNN Forums
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