Other World Computing today introduced the Mercury G4/450-533 megahertz (MHz) ZIF upgrade with one megabyte (MB) L2 Cache for the Apple PowerMac G3 Beige, G3 Blue & White and G4 “Yikes” models. This new model replaces OWC’s G4/450MHz, G4/500MHz and G4/533MHz models.

Available through www.macsales.com/MercuryZIF for $149.99, the Mercury G4/450-533MHz ZIF upgrade is more affordable and flexible than its predecessors. It uses a high-temperature Motorola G4/450MHz processor that is tested and guaranteed for safe, reliable operation of up to 533MHz in all Power Mac G3 Beige models (Desktop, Minitower and All-In-One) and G4/500MHz operation in all PowerMac G3 Blue & White and G4 “Yikes” PCI models.

“OWC’s new G4/450-533MHz ZIF upgrade is a great way to significantly speed up these PowerMacs for a very reasonable investment,” said Larry O’Connor, president of Other World Computing. “You’re not just getting more megahertz, but when you upgrade any of the PowerMac G3s you’re also doubling the L2 Cache from 512 kilobytes (KB) to 1,024KB (1MB). That additional L2 Cache plus the boost to processor speed provides a leap in system performance that is a difference of night and day.”

The new Mercury ZIF plug-and-play upgrade is fully compatible with all existing hardware and software, and with Apple OS 8.6 through 9.2.2, and all versions of Apple OS X up to and including 10.3.x “Panther.” The upgrade comes with a two-year warranty from OWC.