Drop-in Processors?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mac.head.high, Jan 20, 2006.

  1. mac.head.high macrumors regular


    Dec 23, 2005
    Los Angeles
    So I've seen these drop-in processors for G3's and G4's by Sonnet, OWC and some others. But can any one give me some advice on these. I want to drop one in my G4 533 Digital Audio just to get it above 1GH, but it's working so flawlessly I don't want any hiccups, or driver issues. I've spoken with the tech department at Sonnet a bunch of times already, but now I need some real-world advice from some real-world people.

    Mainly I want to know if these upgrades are even worth it.

    Any info on this topic would be much appreciated.
  2. velocityg4 macrumors 68040


    Dec 19, 2004
    The only ones that would be worth it would be the single processor ones from gigadesigns. http://www.gigadesigns.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWCATS&Category=8. These will give you a noticeable speed boost and allow your machine to continue on for a couple more years. If you want more power get one of these http://www.gigadesigns.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWCATS&Category=3. I selected Gigadesigns since they seem to give the best bang for the buck.

    I've done a number of processor upgrades and have never had any real problems. The only negative I experienced was one from Powerlogix that would not allow my tower to go into sleep mode. As far as I know that problem only occurs with Powerlogix processors.

    If you want to see other peoples experiences with Gigadesigns chech here. http://forums.xlr8yourmac.com/cpureview.lasso In step 1 choose "Apple G4 AGP slot", in step 2 choose "Giga Designs"

    How much RAM do you have? Bringing that machine past 768mb will help out alot.

    Edit: Never mind I just read how much memory your DA had in you sig.

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