Other World Computing Broadens Its Mercury Extreme Product Line With New 700MHz G4 Processor Upgrade

Entire Mercury Extreme G4 Upgrade line remains 100 percent compatible with all Apple OS versions, including Mac OS X Panther

Oct 28, 2003 | Woodstock, IL


Other World Computing (OWC) today announced it has expanded the low end of its popular Mercury Extreme line with a 700 Megahertz (MHz) G4 processor upgrade available immediately for $199.99.

OWC also reaffirmed that the entire Mercury Extreme line, from the G4/700MHz model to the current top end G4/1.4-1.467 Gigahertz (GHz) model, is 100 percent plug-and-play compatible with all Apple OS versions as supported by the systems being upgraded, including OS X 10.3 “Panther.”

“OWC’s 700MHz Mercury Extreme G4 upgrade provides extreme performance for an extremely low price,” said Larry O’Connor, president of OWC. “The 700MHz unit rounds out our Mercury Extreme line, which Mac reviewers and aficionados everywhere have used to boost the processing power of their existing Macs by as much as four times the original stock processor speeds.”

OWC’s Mercury Extreme processor upgrades are true plug-and-play solutions that do not use or require enabling software. Fully compatible with PowerMac G4 AGP-equipped models (350MHz to 1GHz), they act as replacements to the stock Apple G4 daughtercard and do not take up a separate PCI or AGP slot.
Each unit comes with a 30-day, 100 percent money back guarantee, as well as a three-year limited warranty and an option for customers to sell their old processor to OWC.

Made with the highest-quality components available, Mercury Extreme processor upgrades use Tantalum-dipped resistors and capacitors (to resist electroshock discharge), are capable of safe operation at high temperatures and are designed to last longer than other upgrades using conventional parts.

The Mercury Extreme G4 processor upgrades feature 256 Kilobytes of 1:1 L2 cache on-chip and 2 Megabytes of high-speed L3 cache. They are compatible with Apple PowerMac G4 AGP Graphics/Sawtooth, Gigabit Ethernet, Digital Audio, Quicksilver and Quicksilver 2002 models. The Mercury Extreme line is completely plug-and-play compatible with existing hardware and software, including Apple OS 9.2 or higher, including all versions of OS X.

Additional details and complete pricing information about the OWC Mercury Extreme product line can be found online at Digital photographs of all OWC products, as well as digital copies of OWC logos, are available for download from the online newsroom at Information on pricing, ordering and availability for other OWC products is available online exclusively at


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Other World Computing (OWC), founded in 1988, is dedicated to helping Mac and PC enthusiasts do more and reach higher. We believe in sustainability – OWC solutions are genuinely built to last, go the distance, and enable users to maximize the technology investment they have already made. OWC's operation provides leadership in business sustainability, with its headquarters among the first in the world awarded LEED Platinum certification. OWC features an award-winning technical support team and an unparalleled library of step-by-step DIY and informational videos. From the home desktop to the enterprise rack, the corporate backup to secure medical data, the recording studio to the motion picture set, and beyond, there should be no compromise. That is why OWC is here.

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