CPU upgrade for my PM G4 "Sawtooth" 400 mhz

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by t0ast, May 5, 2005.

  1. t0ast macrumors member

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    I've found my old Sawtooth worthy another upgrade. Some time ago I put in a new GPU, Geforce 4 mx (32 mb), which boosted the performance both in Os X and games greatly. I can even play World Of Warcraft (averaging at 12 FPS in most areas).
    Anyway now I'm looking for a CPU upgrade. I've found OWC Mercury Extreme G4/933MHz-1GHz and Sonnet Encore G4/1GHz to be the best alternatives, having a finger at the last.

    Does anyone have any experience with any of these cards or any idea which of them being the best pick?
     
  2. iGary Guest

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    Always had good luck with Sonnet's stuff, personally. Have three Sawtooths in my office that we bumped.
     
  3. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    I have an old Sawtooth as well, but haven't really bothered with upgrading the CPU - but it is nice to see that the prices have come down nicely on those upgrades. I can't put a dual in mine, either, so I'd be stuck with a single CPU.

    Once you update, post on how well it works - I might do the same thing and increase the performance of my renderfarm :D

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  4. cubist macrumors 68020

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    These being in the $200 range, I might do my Sawtooth, too.

    I upgraded a Cube a couple of years ago (at a higher price) and, while it was tedious, it was straightforward and worked fine. Sawtooth should be much easier.

    I'm concerned about Tiger incompatibilities with my VPN and networking applications, so I don't think I'm going to install it on my main machines for a while.
     
  5. johnnowak macrumors 6502

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    Go with OWC/Newer. Sonnet is a not so close second. Avoid PowerLogix at all costs...
     
  6. johnnowak macrumors 6502

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    We have a 1GHz G4 Sonnet card in a PowerMac 7600 btw!!
     
  7. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    I got a Newer CPU upgrade in my old Power Computing PowerTower Pro Mac Clone way back when. The last time I checked, its still running. :D

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  8. leekohler macrumors G5

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    I have a Sonnet Encore ST 1GHz in my 4 1/2 year old Sawtooth. It is worth the money believe me. You won't believe the difference.
     
  9. cubist macrumors 68020

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    Mine was a PowerLogix, and I had no trouble. Looking at my old notes, going from 450MHz to 1GHz increased my Xbench score by 50%. I do recall it felt like a much faster machine.

    T0ast, where did you get your geforce 4? Does it have a DVI connector?
     
  10. t0ast thread starter macrumors member

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    I bought mine from OWC some time ago for about 75$, the best 75$ I've spent so far. It does have both a DVI and an ADC connector and came with DVI-to-VGA adapter.

    I might end up with OWC's, since I already have a good experience with them.. (I remember when I upgraded my monster of a 6100 with a G3@ 247.5MHz :D)

    Thanks for the feedback.
     

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