CORVALLIS, ORE. Evergreen Technologies Inc. has extended its family of processor upgrades for PCs based on older Pentium II, Celeron and Pentium Pro processors. The new Performa subsystems target those "who want to speed up their power-hungry software like Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000 or the upcoming Windows Millennium," said Mike Magee, president and chief executive officer.
The subsystems offer an 0.18-micron Pentium III Coppermine CPU or its Celeron derivative, the Coppermine 128, both with the latest flip-chip technology. These, Magee said, let users take advantage of "SSE instructions for enhanced multimedia performance, and the latest MMX and SIMD video enhancements."
Evergreen's Performa III subsystems upgrade Pentium II processors of 350 MHz and above with a Pentium III CPU, running at 600 MHZ ($350) or 700 MHz, ($420). The Performa III provides a 100-MHz front-side bus.
The Performa 600, at $220, upgrades Pentium II and Celeron systems of 233 MHz and higher with a 600-MHz Coppermine 128 CPU. And the Performa Pro 600, at $300, upgrades Pentium Pro CPUs at 180 MHz and higher with a 600-MHz Coppermine 128.
"Evergreen also provides a collection of BIOS updates for selected systems, which the customer might need in order to complete their upgrade," Magee said.
The upgrade process "takes minutes," he said. "Additionally, the customer will not need to reinstall their operating system or application software, which would be required if they chose a complete motherboard upgrade instead of a processor upgrade."
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