Other World Computing Introduces Its First Processor Upgrade – The Mercury Extreme G4/1.33GHz Processor Upgrade

OWC is the first company to ship a 1.33GHz Power Macintosh processor upgrade

May 22, 2003 | Woodstock, IL


Other World Computing (OWC) today debuted its Mercury Extreme product line with a G4/1.33 Gigahertz (GHz) processor upgrade, available immediately for $579.99.

The first 1.33GHz processor upgrade to hit the market for the Power Macintosh G4, OWC’s Mercury Extreme G4/1.33GHz processor is also the fastest Macintosh processor to date. Each unit comes with a 30-day, 100 percent money back guarantee, as well as a three-year limited warranty.

OWC’s Mercury Extreme G4 is a simple replacement solution for existing processors that increases computer speed, efficiency and longevity, and is a true plug-and-play solution that does not use or require enabling software. Fully compatible with PowerMac G4 AGP-equipped models (350Megahertz to 1GHz), the Mercury Extreme G4 acts as a replacement to the stock Apple G4 daughtercard and does not take up a separate PCI or AGP slot. The Mercury Extreme G4 also includes a pre-installed, high-performance heat sink and an ultra-quiet cooling fan.

“We’re extremely pleased to be the first to market these new G4/1.33GHz processor upgrades and to introduce the Mercury Extreme brand to the world,” said Larry O’Connor, president of OWC. “We believe that the OWC Mercury Extreme is positioned to become one of the most reliable and economical brands available. With this new processor upgrade our customers will experience extreme speed and performance at a very reasonable price. In other words, the Mercury Extreme G4/1.33GHz delivers a whole lot of bang for the buck.”

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

“Since the Mercury Extreme G4’s custom heat sink/fan system actually operates cooler than the competition, we used heat-resistant parts to further increase reliability and lifespan,” O’Connor said. “Not only is our heat sink greatly improved over other heat sinks designed for older processors, but our system also includes a cooling fan which directs air across the heat sink for optimum cooling without simply pushing air against it. The fan is also whisper quiet and does not add to system noise.”

The Mercury Extreme G4 features a Motorola PowerPC G4 7455a 1.33GHz processor, 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). The Mercury Extreme G4 is compatible with Sawtooth, Gigabit Ethernet, Digital Audio, Quicksilver and Quicksilver 2002 Apple Power Macintosh models and supports 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 OWC’s Mercury Extreme G4/1.33GHZ processor upgrade 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/. Pricing, ordering and availability information for other OWC products is available online exclusively at


About OWC

Founded in 1988, Other World Computing (OWC), is a trusted provider of premium technology solutions tailored to enable creators and tech enthusiasts to bring their unique visions to life. The company develops high-performance end-to-end tools catering to a global community of creators at all levels of their craft, from Capture to Creation to Collaboration. The mission of extending the useful life of existing technology is a demonstration of the company's commitment to a more sustainable world. The core value of Other World Computing is to design and manufacture industry-leading products that deliver excellence and are built to last for minimal environmental impact.

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