Other World Computing (OWC) offers plenty of accessories for your Mac, including a wide array of upgrades and other enhancements designed to help older computers keep up with new technology, and on Thursday the company introduced the Mercury G4/450-533 MHz ZIF upgrade. The new card, which replaces OWC’s G4/450MHz, G4/500MHz and G4/533MHz upgrades, comes with 1MB of L2 cache and is compatible with Beige and Blue & White Power Mac G3s as well as the Power Mac G4 PCI model, also known as “Yikes.”
“OWC’s new G4/450-533MHz ZIF upgrade is a great way to significantly speed up these Power Macs for a very reasonable investment,” said Larry O’Connor, OWC president. “You’re not just getting more megahertz, but when you upgrade any of the Power Mac G3s you’re also doubling the L2 Cache from 512KB to 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 ZIF upgrade uses a high-temperature Motorola G4/450MHz processor that’s guaranteed to run up to 533MHz in all Power Mac G3 Beige models, with G4/500MHz speed in all Power Mac G3 B&W and G4 PCI models. It’s fully compatible with Mac OS 8.6 through OS X v10.3.x (Panther) and comes with a two-year warranty. It’s available now for $149.99.