updated 07:55 am EDT, Wed March 18, 2009
Psystar Open 3 Mac Clone
Undeterred by lawsuits, Psystar this morning launched the Open(3) as its latest overt Mac clone. The system drops the conventional mini-tower for a slimline shape but is technically faster: the stock model uses a 2.8GHz Core 2 Duo desktop processor and now has the option of up to a 2.53GHz Core 2 Quad. Psystar further gives the clone space for a small dedicated graphics card and options for 802.11n Wi-Fi as well as three FireWire 800 ports or a USB Bluetooth adapter.
A base configuration costs just $600 with the base processor, Mac OS X Leopard, 2GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, a DVD burner and a GeForce 8400 GS for video. In addition to faster processors, the Open(3) can scale up to 4GB of memory, two 1TB drives and GeForce 9500 GT graphics. Psystar claims the system is in stock as of today.
Beyond its mainstream offering, the company has also upgraded the OpenPro to include a rackmount version for servers while giving the base, $1,155 mid-tower a faster minimum configuration. It now gets 8GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive, and a GeForce 9500 GT video card. The rackmount version starts with a 3.16GHz Core 2 Duo and 4GB of memory for the same price. Either system is shipping today.