Geekspeak: October 29, 2001
New brains for an old bodyEvergreen Technologies spectra and performa processor upgrades add new life to old PCs without a lot of paineither installationwise or out of pocket. Evergreen has been doing this for years, but now that Windows XP is out and cost cutting abounds, the Evergreen chips look pretty good. The Performa line replaces Slot 1 processors, and the Spectra replaces the Socket 370. Both of these chips work on motherboards that support 100MHz front-side buses, so, to my chagrin, I couldnt upgrade my 1.5-year-old Toshiba Equiium.
Evergreens products are fairly inexpensive. The Performa 1GHz, a Celeron II, costs $200 and comes with 128MB of RAM. The Performa III, a 1GHz Pentium III, costs $300 and comes with 256MB of RAM.