The King Has No Clothes!
The G4/450 Sawtooth is starting to look overpriced compared to
the G4/400 Yikes and the recent Blue & Whites. (Shades of the IIfx!)
First, the really important tests...
Maybe RAGE 128 is maxed out. So here's Voodoo3 numbers:
Take a look at these CPU numbers...
Now the disk drive...
Conclusion: The "king" has no clothes. If you spent $900 more for a Sawtooth, you may have been overcharged. It doesn't matter what graphics board or what graphics interface or what hard drive or what hard drive interface, the Sawtooth is toothless unless you are using AltiVec or "Velocity Engine" aware applications (Photoshop 5.5)
Counterpoint: Wait a minute. If you configure both the Yikes and the Sawtooth the same (128M of RAM, 20 Gig drive) there is only $550 difference. And you are getting 50MHz more speed, dual USB channels, extra FireWire port, AirPort antennas and stuff like that there. If you assign a value to those things, the difference in value shrinks to something like $122. Wouldn't you really rather have something with more speed potential than a "reworked" Blue and White motherboard?
Counter Counterpoint: Oh yeah? You go right ahead and be Apple's beta tester for yet another Rev 1 motherboard. Then a few months from now, I'll sell my Yikes and get a Rev 2 Sawtooth for $1995. Editor's Addendum: This article was written in October of 1999. As of December '99, you can get a 400MHz G4 Sawtooth for as little as $1895 with the Rev 2 board and faster RAGE Pro graphics.
Test Configurations & Procedures
*Since the Blue & White was a Rev 1, I replaced the graphics board with an Orion RAGE 128, which is essentially the same the board shipped in the Rev 2 Blue & Whites and the Yikes (sans DVD decorder plug). The G3 ZIF used in the upgrade was actually the ZIF from the G4/Yikes, since at press time no third party vendors were able to provide a G4 ZIF upgrade for testing.
Computer Graphics Cards
Graphite "Sawtooth" G4/450 RAGE 128 AGP or 3Dfx Voodoo3 2000 (133MHz slot)
Blue & White G3/350 Rev 1* with jumpers set to 450MHz and G4 ZIF from Yikes Orion RAGE 128 PCI (66MHz slot)
Blue & White G3/450 Rev 1* with jumpers set to 450MHz ATI Orion RAGE 128 or 3Dfx Voodoo3 2000 (66MHz slot)
Graphite "Yikes!" G4/400 RAGE 128 PCI or 3Dfx Voodoo3 2000
Blue & White G3/400 Rev 1* with G4 ZIF from Yikes Orion RAGE 128 PCI (66Mhz slot)
Blue & White G3/400 Rev 1* Orion RAGE 128 PCI (66MHz slot)
BIG MAHALO TO...
...ATI Technology for the use of the Orion RAGE 128
...PowerLogix for the use of the ROM Patch that enabled the Blue & Whites to run the G4.
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