PowerLogix yesterday said it expects to release PowerForce G3, its new line of high-performance PowerPC 750-based processor upgrade cards by the end of the month.
Offered with 750 (also known as G3) processors running at 250 and 275 MHz, the PowerForce G3 cards will have list prices of $2,199 and $2,799, respectively, the company said. The lower-speed model is expected to have a street price of $2,000.
PowerLogix said the cards will run a 1-Mbyte backside Level 2 cache that communicates at the processor's speed. The recently announced X-Factor systems from PowerTools Corp. of Austin, Texas, and Wichita, Kan.-based Newer Technology Inc.'s MAXpower cards use a smaller 512-Kbyte cache in a slower 2-to-1 ratio to the CPU (see 10.06.97, Page 27, and 07.14.97, Page 1).
The cards will be compatible with the Power Mac 7300, 7500, 7600, 8500, 9500 and 9600 models and many Power Computing Corp. and UMAX Computer Corp. systems, PowerLogix said.
In addition, the cards will incorporate the company's variable clock-rate acceleration technology, which will let users set the card to operate as fast as 300 MHz, PowerLogix said.
The G3 cards will be a scarce commodity, however, according to PowerLogix President Robert Jagitsch, especially the higher-speed version, which uses a chip from IBM Microelectronics Division. "The availability of the 275 is very constrained," he said.
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