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Mac CPU Upgrades?

Post by Spark » Sat Mar 25, 2006 9:21 am

I recently bought a G4 400Mhz computer on the cheap. It runs fine, but gets bogged down when running multiple programs (not a real suprise).

Since I bought the G4 for not a lot of cash I was thinking of upgrading the CPU with one of the Sonnet CPU upgrades. $200 for a 1ghz cpu upgrade doesnt seem that bad...

Does anyone have any experience with these? Are they worthwhile? How is the speed compared to a real 1ghz G4?

How much memory would you all recomend?


Any insight would be dandy!

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Post by sdelsolray » Sun Mar 26, 2006 11:11 am

I upgraded a 450MHz Sawtooth G4 (your 400 should be a Sawtooth too) with the Sonnett 1.0 GHz upgrade. It's been working fine for nearly two years. Running PTLE 6.4, plugins (including Altiverb 5).

I've got 1 gig ram.

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Post by r0ck1r0ck2 » Sun Mar 26, 2006 1:31 pm

upgraded a G4 533 to a OWC 1.25

like a champ it is...

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Post by AstroDan » Sun Mar 26, 2006 5:05 pm

I have two questions:

Could I do this to a 300 Mhz iBook? And who does this upgrade?
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Post by Spark » Sun Mar 26, 2006 7:11 pm

Thanks for the replys guys. I think ill go ahead with the 1ghz update when I got the money. Ah money... where does it all go..

AstroDan, I dont know if they offer upgrades for iBooks, but the G4 upgrades look pretty easy, just replacing the cpu card.

Check out thier site, it might be on there:

http://www.sonnettech.com/default.html

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Post by pandatone » Sun Mar 26, 2006 7:42 pm

put a 1 gig card in my old G4 400.. gave it the boost it needed.
though i still got a G5 afterwards.

you can't upgrade ibooks processors. a few G3 ibooks are overclockable. thats all i know of.

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Post by Roman Sokal » Mon Mar 27, 2006 12:19 am

i....er....a few years ago upgraded by old mac 8100 a/v 80 mhz with a sonnet g3 '400 mhz' nubus (!) card. it certainly improved my machine. it was labelled as a 333-400 mhz upgrade depending on the bus speed (multiplies it by 10). since my old box had a 40 mhz bus speed, it now says its a g3 400 mhz machine. however, it more feels/etc imho like a 250 mhz machine. sometimes it doesn't load up (anything at all) about 1st bootup so 4/10 times i have to restart it yet again. well, in the end, at least i still got to use my original pro tools 'project' setup (not without playing arund with 2 diff. versions of PT due to upgrade card- card OS requirment combaibility..
you're better off finding a used machine which will liiely cost the same as the upgrade card maybe + a little more yet insignificant money. those sonnet cards, especially older ones, are more for nostalgia than anything when it comes to monetary costs etc

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Post by r0ck1r0ck2 » Mon Mar 27, 2006 12:35 am

please look into the Other World Computing upgrades....

cheaper than sonnet and have worked quite well for me thankyouverymuch

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