Sonnet HARMONi G3 - 600 MHz Processor - HAFW-G3-600

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Just what I was looking for!

by Chris Cooper on 6/29/2003

I had been putting off upgrading my older iMac but finally got around to it because I needed a Firewire port. The installation went fairly smoothly with good directions from Sonnet. I had been into my iMac before to upgrade the RAM so it wasn't anything new. When I put it all back together, it wouldn't boot at all. I took it apart after contacting Sonnet tech support, who recommended to reseat everything I had put in. I did that, and found that the processor card wasn't seated tightly enough. It needs to be pushed down with quite a fair amount of pressure to make proper contact. Upon the next bootup, it gave me the message that the upgrade was complete. Apple Profiler registered the new processor immediately, showed that all 512MB of RAM was working. Now our strawberry iMac runs much better all around. I see noticeable improvements from the old 333MHz processor, plus I can use all my Firewire peripherals, like external hard drives, DV camera, etc. I recommend this product if you're not in the market to buy a new Mac but need more speed and greater flexibility. Plus, buy.com has the best price I've ever seen on this product, and it arrived in two days using ground shipping! It's not a G4 or G5 but I wasn't expecting that kind of performance. Virtual PC runs much better in OS 9, still kind of pokey in OS X 10.1.5 though where the G4 or G5 power is needed.

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Product Overview

FASTER G3 PROCESSOR AND FIREWIRE SPEED:
The Sonnet HARMONi G3 pushes the performance of your "original" iMac to new levels, and enables you to enjoy the video editing capabilities of the latest systems! Employing a powerful 600 MHz IBM PowerPC G3 processor with on-chip 256K Level 2 cache operating at full processor speed, HARMONi will transform your iMac with a performance boost of up to 2.5x or more over the original system. The HARMONi also features a FireWire port to connect digital cameras, DV camcorders, and DVD-R/CD-RW drives-you can even use new iPod! FireWire is perfect for importing/working with digital video using iMovie and other popular applications. Everything you do on your iMac will feel faster!

Specifications

Manufacturer Sonnet Technologies
Mfg Part# HAFW-G3-600
SKU 10320841
UPC 732311002366
UPC 14 00732311002366
Features
Product Type Processor
Manufacturer Part Number HAFW-G3-600
Manufacturer Sonnet Technologies, Inc
Product Model G3
Product Name HARMONi G3 - 600 MHz Processor
Package Type Retail
Product Line HARMONi
Brand Name Sonnet
Compatibility Apple iMac 233 MHz Rev. A-DApple iMac 266 MHz Rev. A-DApple iMac 333 MHz Rev. A-D
Weight (Approximate) 15.20 oz
Clock Speed 600 MHz
L2 Cache 256 KB
Processor Core Single-core (1 Core)
Processor Manufacturer Sonnet
Limited Warranty 3 Year
Tech Specs
Product Type Processor
Manufacturer Part Number HAFW-G3-600
Manufacturer Website Address www.sonnettech.com
Manufacturer Sonnet Technologies, Inc
Product Model G3
Product Name HARMONi G3 - 600 MHz Processor
Package Type Retail
Product Line HARMONi
Brand Name Sonnet
Additional Information FPU: Integrated G3 FPU Cache Size/L2 Cache Speed: 256K/600 MHz Supports iMovie and other popular applications Onboard FireWire port - connect the latest digital video equipment, FireWire devices, and the new iPod 100% hardware and software compatibility Supports 32MB to 512MB RAM Interfaces: 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire) MAC OS COMPATIBILITY: The HARMONi is compatible with your existing hardware, software, RAM and peripherals. The HARMONi integrates with your system software, supporting from Mac OS 8.6 through OS X, Version 10.1 and higher. SIMPLE INSTALLATION: While dealer installation is recommended, technical users will find the HARMONi installation straightforward using the step-by-step, illustrated instructions. Launch the included Sonnet application to take advantage of the original system software. Simply shut down and open the system, remove the original processor, move your existing RAM to the HARMONi, pop the HARMONi into place, then install the FireWire daughter card and new side panel for the system. Restart the system and you're up and running!
Compatibility Apple iMac 233 MHz Rev. A-D / Apple iMac 266 MHz Rev. A-D / Apple iMac 333 MHz Rev. A-D
Platform Support Mac
Weight (Approximate) 15.20 oz
Instruction Set RISC
Clock Speed 600 MHz
L2 Cache 256 KB
Processor Core Single-core
Processor Manufacturer Sonnet
Additional Warranty Information Sonnet Technologies, Inc. warrants that its product(s) shall be free from defects in materials and workmanship for a period of three years following the date of original purchase. Sonnet's liability under this warranty shall be limited, at its option, to repairing or replacing product(s) shown to be defective either in materials or workmanship. The sole and exclusive remedy under this warranty shall be such repair or replacement. A claim of defective materials or workmanship in product(s) shall be allowed only when it is submitted to Sonnet within the warranty period. No claim shall be allowed in respect to product(s) which have been altered, neglected, damaged or stored in any manner which adversely affects them. No product(s) shall be returned to Sonnet for any reason without a return authorization from Sonnet. You bear the responsibility for shipping product(s) to Sonnet within 30 days of authorization and paying for associated shipping and insurance costs. Sonnet will pay the cost to ship repaired or replaced product(s) back to you. This warranty shall also apply to product(s) that replace defective product(s) but only for the original warranty period. The warranty period shall not be extended by reason of defect, or any period of time during which the product(s) are not available to you because of defects, without the express written consent of Sonnet. EXCEPT FOR THE EXPRESS WARRANTY AGAINST DEFECTS IN MATERIALS AND WORKMANSHIP CONTAINED HEREIN, SONNET MAKES NO WARRANTY OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AND ALL WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE HEREBY DISCLAIMED BY SONNET. Without limitation of the foregoing, Sonnet expressly disclaims any liability whatsoever for any damages incurred, directly or indirectly, in connection with its product(s), including without limitation, loss of profits and special, incidental or consequential damages, whether caused by Sonnet's negligence or otherwise.
Standard Warranty 3 Year Limited
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