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Evergreen Spectra III Boxed Processors
Date: Monday October 09, 2000
Category: Press Release
Manufacturer Link: Evergreen Discus -- BBS
Evergreen Technologies, Inc., today announced its new line of Spectra III value CPUs featuring an adjustable clock multiplier and dynamic front side bus support for 66, 100 and 133 MHz

Evergreen Announces New Value Line of Spectra III Boxed Processors
              for 370-Pin Socketed Celeron Motherboards

   Evergreen's Spectra III 550 and 600 MHz CPUs Give Those Building
      New Celeron(TM) CPU-Class Systems the Ultimate Flexibility
      to Reliably Maximize CPU Speed And Compatibility Using an
    Adjustable Clock Multiplier and Dynamic Front Side Bus Support
                         For 66, 100, 133 MHz

    CORVALLIS, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 9, 2000--

    Evergreen Technologies, Inc., a leader in PC performance upgrades
since 1989, today announced its new line of Spectra III value CPUs
featuring an adjustable clock multiplier and dynamic front side bus
support for 66, 100 and 133 MHz.
    The Spectra III now provides an alternative to Intel Celeron(TM)
CPUs for those building Celeron CPU-class systems using today's
370-pin socketed motherboards. With a fan included, the Spectra III
550 and 600 MHz CPUs offer a complete solution, plugging straight into
the 370-pin, or Celeron, socket. Unlike the Celeron CPU, Evergreen's
Spectra III offers the ultimate in flexibility to maximize CPU speed
because users can adjust the Spectra III's clock multiplier from three
to eight in half-speed increments. A clock-locked Celeron at 66 MHz
forces users to underclock their front side bus to 66 MHz on new
motherboards, which are capable of running at 100 or 133 MHz, or risk
burning up the Celeron by overclocking it. (See example later in this
    Evergreen's Spectra III CPUs are based on the new value line of
VIA Cyrix(R) III CPUs, which feature an efficient Dynamic Power
Caching Architecture for low power consumption across a commonly
supported 1.8-2.0V power supply.
    "At a time when Intel's Celerons are being pushed to higher speeds
and higher prices, we're providing an alternative source of CPUs at a
unique price/performance advantage for power users building their own
systems with an eye on their budget," said Mike Magee, president and
CEO of Evergreen Technologies.
    An Intel 600 MHz Celeron forces a user to run the front side bus
at 66 MHz by locking the clock multiplier to 9 (600 MHz system divided
by the 66 MHz front side bus = 9). If someone tried to use this 600
MHz Celeron in a motherboard using its 133 MHz front side bus, they
would dangerously overclock it (clock-locked multiplier of 9 x 133 MHz
front side bus) to 1.2 GHz, and risk damaging the CPU as well as other
system components. New 370-pin motherboards are capable of running at
66, 100 or 133 MHz front side bus and are dependent on the speed of
inserted components. Memory is one of those components, and because
most inexpensive memory is now PC100 or PC133 spec, memory is not a
bus speed limiting factor. The CPU is another component, and Celerons,
because they are clock-locked, are a limiting factor. If a user wanted
to run the front side bus at 100 or 133 MHz, they would be forced to
purchase an expensive Intel Pentium III at twice the cost of Celerons,
or now choose the Evergreen Spectra III CPU.
    With this new option, users can adjust the clock multiplier in
Evergreen's Spectra III to optimize its speed without risk. To set the
Spectra III's clock multiplier, customers would simply adjust their
BIOS setting to the desired front side bus speed and multiplier. For
example, the front side bus can be set to 133 MHz and the clock
multiplier to 4.5 times, resulting in operation at 600 MHz.

Evergreen's Spectra III as a System Upgrade
Instead of a New System Solution

    Users with older, slower 370-pin socket Celeron systems could also
use the Evergreen Spectra III to boost their system speed to 550 or
600 MHz. They would simply exchange their older Celeron CPU with the
Spectra III CPU. A BIOS upgrade may be required and, in most cases,
would be available from the motherboard manufacturer. Users who want
to boost the processing power of their older Pentium II and Celeron
"Stick" systems, based on Slot 1 architecture, should look at the
Evergreen Performa performance upgrade line.

Availability and Support

    For only $119.99 and $139.99 respectively, the Evergreen Spectra
III 550 and 600 are available immediately from the 'Buy Now' section
of Evergreen's website, Evergreen's Spectra III
product line is covered by a ninety-day warranty and technical support
is available Monday through Friday, 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM PST. For more
information, call 800.733.0934 or send email to

About Evergreen Technologies, Inc.

    Evergreen Technologies, Inc., based in Corvallis, Oregon, designs,
manufactures, distributes and supports performance and system upgrades
for the personal computer (Windows and Macintosh) marketplace. Since
1989, Evergreen has pioneered a range of solutions that 'refresh'
older systems to current system performance and functionality.

    Intel, Celeron, and Pentium are registered trademarks of Intel
Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective

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