I just missed a Sonnet Duet MDX on Ebay.

harrymatic

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Wow, that's the first time I've ever seen an aftermarket MDD CPU in the wild, and I've been casually looking on eBay for one for a long time. From what I've heard though, as it lacks any L3 cache, it's only about as fast as the OEM dual 1.42 CPU.
 
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Cox Orange

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Yes, it would similar in speed as the stock Dual 1,42GHz, but it would be interesting from a power per Watt perspective... for the fun of it.

It works out to about $100.

Think I'll go cry in my 1.6 dual.
Yes, 100USD for a complete MDD (with defective PSU though), but with the MDX and the stock 1GHz CPU and the graphics card still present. That would have been a cheap Upgrade...

Hehe, I have a normal Dual 1,8GHz 7447 Sonnet G4 (which doesn't fit the MDD), but I guess one can't have enough upgrades, huh? :D
 

G51989

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I could ..... arrrrr.

http://www.ebay.de/itm/Apple-Macint...D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

The MDD was decsribed as having a defective PSU (light lits up shortly, when power-on button is puched and then goes off).

A Duet MDX 1,8GHz. :( *tears*

That happens, when you watch football (soccer) and use the pundits time for putting up stuff on Ebay, while you are observing stuff at the same time.

Yep, hard to find these days.

If I were you, I would have bidded higher.
 

Cox Orange

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Yep, hard to find these days.

If I were you, I would have bidded higher.
I didn't even get to bid. I forget to be there, when the auction ended.
I always bid in the last 15seconds (of course, not using a bit sniper, so that does not bear a certain risk, if Wifi gets slow...)
 
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Altemose

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I didn't even get to bid. I forget to be there, when the auction ended.
I always bid in the last 15seconds (of course, not using a bit sniper, so that does not bear a certain risk, if Wifi gets slow...)
Maybe you will get lucky and the winning bidder won't pay and it will be relisted.
 

Cox Orange

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Hehe, I already sent the seller an email, that I would gladly take it, if the other buyer doesn't take it or I would buy it from the buyer for 100,-EUR (about 135USD). :D
 

Aameiel

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I could ..... arrrrr.

http://www.ebay.de/itm/Apple-Macint...D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

The MDD was decsribed as having a defective PSU (light lits up shortly, when power-on button is puched and then goes off).

A Duet MDX 1,8GHz. :( *tears*

That happens, when you watch football (soccer) and use the pundits time for putting up stuff on Ebay, while you are observing stuff at the same time.
I know them feels man !! I keeping auctions on iFire's :mad:
 

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Hehe, I already sent the seller an email, that I would gladly take it, if the other buyer doesn't take it or I would buy it from the buyer for 100,-EUR (about 135USD). :D
A friend of mine probably would sell his dual 1.8ghz for his sawtooth (?) originally a 500mhz G4 PM?

Not sure if this is what you wanted --or if it would work -- but I know he wants to sell.
 

Cox Orange

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Any reply?
No nothing...
A friend of mine probably would sell his dual 1.8ghz for his sawtooth (?) originally a 500mhz G4 PM?

Not sure if this is what you wanted --or if it would work -- but I know he wants to sell.
Thanks for the info/offer, but...
Then it is probably the Sonnet Duet 1,8GHz for all models, but the MDD. I have this version allready (I even had two, one overheating, I didn't have the tools at the time to get these torx with a nipple in the middle out, so I sold it with the description, that it freezes at 70% load and probably needed new thermal paste. It was sold for 260,-EUR, about 3(?) years ago. I salvaged it from a DA G4 that had an ACARD 2x RAID PCI card and a DL-Drive in it, too. Got that for 70,-EUR back in the days (about 1 year before I then sold it). Afterwards I bit myself, I did not get the tools instead and reapply new thermal compound. The buyer told me he had fixed it with some good old AS5. Well, but I still have the other one, so it is ok.).
I know, I should be quiet and "meek" having already this baby (and should I mention, that I actually have a Single 2GHz 7448, too?) *duck-and-cover*

OK, I realise I really have no right to cry. :D
 

Zotaccian

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Who pays such prices for those? I understand those are rare and everything, but still? :eek:
For probably 30-40USD max. I could consider if I was PM G4 fanatic.

EDIT: Hmm, there are actually couple Sonnet upgrade CPU's for sale in here Europe when looking eBay. Still, not that common CPU's.
 
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abbotkinneydude

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There's another for sale in the US: http://www.ebay.com/itm/251592054183 Not my auction.
At $400, that's not worth the expense considering it's a used item (I remember seeing the the MDX upgrades at OWC brand new for $500/$600 or less).

It's also possible to overclock a Dual 1.42Ghz processor if you want to get similar performances to the MDX upgrade for less money.

I just bought a Quad G5 off Craigslist for $350 (including a Sonnet Jive with extra drives) and it's already faster than my Penryn BlackBook Dual 2.4Ghz from late 2008.

I would advise pushing the MDD in an inexpensive manner with stuff from OWC, Ebay, Cooler Guys (for the fans), Amazon (...) and keep it around for certain tasks.

However, if you're looking for a big boost in performance, a Dual (or Quad) G5 is quite affordable nowadays.
 

gavinstubbs09

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I saw that earlier when I was looking on ebay for processor upgrades (there was only a dual 1.6GHz for $150 or so a week ago) and all of a sudden I've seen much more G4 upgrades. $400 is just too out there, maybe if I could get one for $75 I would be willing to shove one in my MDD.
 

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It's also possible to overclock a Dual 1.42Ghz processor if you want to get similar performances to the MDX upgrade for less money.
MDD CPU's don't overclock well. Their L3 cache tends to burn out with anything over 1.42Ghz after some time and they get much hotter than their already hot temperatures.
 

Cox Orange

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There's another for sale in the US: http://www.ebay.com/itm/251592054183 Not my auction.
Wow, when I see this, considering that the last one went for arround 100USD (including the Mac itself with a dead PSU that came with it)...
Who pays such prices for those? I understand those are rare and everything, but still? :eek:
For probably 30-40USD max. I could consider if I was PM G4 fanatic.

EDIT: Hmm, there are actually couple Sonnet upgrade CPU's for sale in here Europe when looking eBay. Still, not that common CPU's.
You see a lot of 1.0 and 1.2GHz Sonnet Upgrades and even the 1,8GHz single Sonnet 7447 can be seen more often, as you would think. There was also a guy who had a "bucket load" of them a while ago and sold them one after another on the German Ebay platform. Crazy...
The 1.0/1.2GHz ones go for 25-50EUR in auctions and the 1,8GHz for 50-80EUR in auctions.
I have an alert message set with Ebay just for the word "Sonnet" and the category "auction".
How I wish I am still in the US. How would you install that? Does it mean you have to trash the original copper heatsink?
Yes, you don't need the copper heatsink anymore. I read in a forum once, that the ROM chip on the MDDs Logicboard is to small and therefore, if you install the Sonnet firmware, the Apple CPU firmware gets deleted, so you can't go back, if you don't know, how to get the old Apple firmware back there.
 
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