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News Archive for: 8/14/2001 Tuesday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!

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Top stories of 8/14/2001:

More Performance Tests, FAQs, on New ATI Radeons:
I've updated the related links section at the bottom of the page on ATI Radeon 7500/8500/8800 Info to include links to PC site tests/comparisons on the new cards as well as links to ATI's product page and FAQ's on each of the 3 models. (The Anandtech article is the most informative I've seen to date in my opinion.)
Remember the tests in these articles used pre-production cards and drivers so the final shipping hardware and driver release may do better. Of course performance on the Mac is still an unknown so far.
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ATI Radeon II Details - Radeon 7500, 8500 and 8800 Announced:
Shortly after midnight I received press releases from ATI on their next-generation Radeon graphics cards. There are 3 models, the value priced 7500 (PC), the 8500 (midrange) and 8800 (OpenGL/workstations). The Radeon 8500 model (64MB/$399 list) will be available for the Mac as well as PCs and expected to ship in mid-September. DETAILS
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Some Dual G4/800s Shipping Today from Apple Store:
At least one reader noted that his dual G4/800 system (standard $3499 configuration) shipped today according to an email he received from the Apple Store.
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Note on Quicksilver G4 Fan Noise Reduction Mods:

I've added a note to the Quicksilver Fan Noise Reduction Mods article to clarify that the fan guard on the Power Supply is only removable by cutters. (Tin snips, etc..)
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Notebook Combo DVD/CDRW Drive Mods Page Updated:
The page on OEM ebay DVD/CDRW Combo drives modified for PB G3 use has been updated to include a link to the auctions of the drives (and other items) from the company selling these on ebay.
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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive Compatibility Database Updates:
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 8 new reports added this morning. The database has reports on Combo DVD-CDRW, CDROMs, DVD-ROM, DVD-RAM, CDRW, Hard Drives and Removables (tape drive, ORB, ZIP, MO drives, etc.) in all interface types (IDE, IDE RAID cards, Firewire, SCSI, adapters). Current total 4,432 reports.

    Combo DVD/CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Toshiba SD-R1102 (IDE) in ADS Pyro FW case (used w/PB G3 wallstreet2)
  • Toshiba SD-R1002 in G4/AGP
    (see this FAQ CDR section Tip for how to enable iTunes support for the R1002)

    Firewire CDRW Reports:
  • EZQuest 16x/10x/40x w/iMac
    (some problems noted)

    IDE CDRW Reports:
  • Sony CRX 168B/A1 16X/10X/40X in B&W G3 (used our illustrated CD install guide)
  • Yamaha CRW2100E 16/10/40 in Beige G3 (using PCI IDE card)
  • Yamaha CRW2100E 16/10/40 in Beige G3 (used our illustrated CD install guide)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • IBM 20GB in 8600 w/PCI IDE card
    (forgot to select "MacOS Extended" as the format, which dramatically increases storage efficiency due to smaller block size)

    Removable Media Drive Reports:
  • Iomega ZIP 250 w/Firewire adapter (used w/Apple iBook 2001)
    (Last year a reader sent a ZIP 250 Firewire Adapter review that compared performance of the ZIP 250 with native USB vs Firewire and with 250MB and 100MB disks.)

You can find full owner reports by searching the database by drive/brand/interface/mac models (the latest reports are shown first in searches).
If you've added a IDE, SCSI, Firewire or USB hard drive, CDRW, tape drive, etc. make sure you add a report to the database. [If you post an updated entry - make sure you use the same name, etc. as you did before so I can find your past entry. Thanks.]

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CPU Upgrades Owner Ratings Database Updated:
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 7 new reports today (total to date: 6,071). [Entries after midnight eastern time are added the following day. Incomplete entires missing info are not posted.]

  • Other World Computing G3/350 in Beige G3 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G4/400 in Beige G3 (rated 4)
  • Sonnet G3/400 in 7200 (rated 8)
  • XLR8 G4/450 ZIF in Beige G3 (rated 9)
  • XLR8 CarrierZIF w/OWC G3/350 ZIF in 9600/300 (rated 8)
  • XLR8 CarrierZIF w/G3/233 ZIF in 7500/100 (rated 10)
  • Beige G3 OC report (233@266mhz)

(Warning - Overclocking may not be reliable and could lead to hardware failure or corrupted data.) You can find the full reports by searching the database selecting the indicated Mac model and upgrade card brand/type. If you've upgraded the CPU on your Mac, please post an entry in the database. Search the database for entries from most every upgradable Mac model *before* you buy. (Searchable by mac model/upgrade brand). For detailed reviews with performance tests and install tips, see the CPU Upgrades page.)

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Blast from the Past - News pages from 1, 2 and 3 years ago:
I've had several readers ask that I restore a news item that I used to call "Blast from the Past" where links to past news pages from a year, two years, etc. ago here are included in the daily news. (Sometimes these old pages are a bit embarrassing - and in many cases the offsite links may not work, and comments there were accurate on the date posted regarding upgrade availability, etc.)

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    Apple TIL Updates: [nothing today]

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