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Wednesday, March 24, 2004
 
IMG Posts Dual G4 Duel
11:15 AM | Johan HansÚn | Comment on this story

IMG's hardware editor, Lucian Fong, has tested the latest Dual G4 accelerators from Giga Designs and PowerLogix against each other. The whole test tries to determine what upgrade gives the best card for your money, the Giga Designs G-celerator Duo 1.33 or the PowerLogix PowerForce Dual G4 Series 133. It also describes the installation for the cards, which is quite different from most "standard" hardware products.

From the article:

Installation begins by removing the stock heatsink and processor and replacing it with the dual processor card. The finned copper HSF (heatsink and fan) is aligned with the processors' contact patch, on which thermal paste has already been applied, and secured by two latches. A 3-pin fan lead, located conveniently on the PCB, is used to power the fan. The fan included with the review unit developed a constant rattling sound that was quite annoying. Optionally for Digital Audio Power Macs is a dual fan assembly that is placed adjacent to the input/output ports on the rear of the case. The fans added an unacceptable amount of noise and did not lower the ambient case temperature by an amount significant enough to leave them installed.
To read the full shootout between these two cards, complete with benchmarks and everything else you could wish for, follow the link provided below.

Giga Designs
G-celerator Duo 1.33 GHz
PowerLogix
PowerForce Dual G4 Series 133 (7457)
IMG Feature: Dual G4 Duel


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