Other World Computing Expands Mercury Extreme Processor Upgrade Line

New 1.4-1.467GHz and 1.25-1.26GHz Mercury Extreme G4 processor upgrades bring exceptional value to high-performance product line

Jun 12, 2003 | Woodstock, IL


Other World Computing (OWC) today announced the expansion of its Mercury Extreme product line to include G4/1.4-1.467 Gigahertz (GHz) and G4/1.25-1.26GHz processor upgrades, available immediately for $619.99 and $499.99, respectively.

Hot on the heels of the debut of the OWC Mercury Extreme brand, these additions provide new and cost-effective alternatives to those owners of Macintosh computers seeking to upgrade the speed, efficiency and longevity of their machines.

“In the wake of the warm reception the first Mercury Extreme G4 upgrade has received we’re very pleased to expand our Extreme product line and continue to provide high-performance products at an exceptional value,” said Larry O’Connor, president of OWC. “In a market where new computers become outdated in only a matter of months, a processor upgrade like the Mercury Extreme is the perfect choice for those who would like to give their current Macintosh computers a tremendous boost without spending a lot of money or buying a new machine.”

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 (350Megahertz to 1GHz), they act as replacements to the stock Apple G4 daughtercard and do not take up a separate PCI or AGP slot. Also included in each upgrade is a pre-installed, high-performance heat sink and an ultra-quiet cooling fan. Each unit comes with a 30-day, 100 percent money back guarantee, as well as a three-year limited warranty and an option for OWC to buy back the used processor being replaced.

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 upgrade processors 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 synchronous dynamic RAM (DDR L3) operating at up to 267 Megahertz (MHz). They are compatible with Sawtooth, Gigabit Ethernet, Digital Audio, Quicksilver and Quicksilver 2002 Apple Power Macintosh models and support Mac OS 9.2.1 and higher, as well as OS X and higher, including all 10.2.x versions.

Additional details and complete pricing information about the OWC Mercury Extreme product line can be found online at /Extreme. Digital photographs of all OWC products, as well as digital copies of OWC logos, are available for download from the online newsroom at /NewsRoom/. 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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