Other World Computing Signed by Giga Designs as its First Distributor for Giga’s G-celerator Family of PowerMac G4 CPU Upgrades

Three PowerMac CPU upgrades available from OWC at speeds of 800MHz and 1.0GHz

Jan 8, 2003 | San Francisco, Chicago, and Fremont, CA


January 8, 2003 - Other World Computing (OWC) today announced that it has entered into a distribution agreement with Giga Designs to sell its G-celerator family of PowerMac G4 CPU upgrades. Giga Designs is the first company with an AGP G4 upgrade product priced at less than $300.

Available in three different models, G-celerators are single processor CPU (central processing unit) modules designed to address the demanding processing requirements of Apple Computer's latest operating system for the Macintosh: OS X. Powered by G4 processors from Motorola using AltiVec Technology, G-celerator CPU upgrades offer user-selectable bus speeds, are compatible with most PowerMac G4 models, are easy to install, and carry three-year warranties.

“The Giga Design G-celerators are an excellent addition to our existing lineup of G4 AGP upgrades from PowerLogix and Sonnet,” said Larry O’Connor, president and chief executive officer of OWC.“The line is top notch, with an excellent price-to-performance ratio, with the G-celerator G4/800MHz being the first upgrade of this type priced at under $300.”

The G-celerator GC5-1000-D2 features a 1.0GHz G4 processor, 64KB of L1 cache, 256KB of L2 cache, and 2MB of DDR RAM. The G-celerator GC5-1000 also features a 1.0GHz G4 processor, 64KB of L1 cache, and 256KB of L2 cache, but does not include any DDR RAM. The G-celerator GC1-800 features an 800MHz G4 processor, 64KB of L1 cache and 256KB of L2 cache. Operating system requirements for G-celerator use is Mac OS 9.2.1, 9.2.2, or OS X.

G-celerator CPU upgrades are compatible with any Apple PowerMac G4 model with an AGP slot made prior to August 2002. This includes G4 AGP Graphics (Sawtooth), Server G4, G4 Gigabit Ethernet, G4 Digital Audio, G4 Quick Silver, and G4 Quick Silver 2002.

Introductory pricing for G-celerator CPU upgrades range from $299 to $559, and these products are available for purchase during Macworld Expo 2003 at the Moscone Center at the OWC booth (#2323) or are available for online purchase at


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