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Power Mac G4: How to Differentiate Between Models, Part 2

This document compares features of and helps identify the Power Mac G4 computers introduced after July 2001 including the Power Mac G4 (QuickSilver, QuickSilver 2002, Mirrored Drive Doors, and FW 800).
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This document compares features of the Power Mac G4 computers introduced after July 2001. For earlier Power Mac G4 computers see technical document 58418 "Power Mac G4: How to Differentiate Between Models"

Feature
Power Mac G4 (QuickSilver)
Power Mac G4 (QuickSilver 2002)
Power Mac G4 (Mirrored Drive Doors)
Power Mac G4 (FW 800)
Power Mac G4 (Mirrored Drive Doors 2003)
Graphics Card
NVIDIA GeForce2 MX
NVIDIA GeForce3
RADEON 7500
NVIDIA GeForce4 MX
NVIDIA GeForce4 Titanium
NVIDIA GeForce4 MX
RADEON 9000 Pro
NVIDIA GeForce4 Titanium
NVIDIA GeForce4 MX
RADEON 9000 Pro
NVIDIA GeForce4 Titanium
ATI Radeon 9700 Pro
RADEON 9000 Pro
NVIDIA GeForce4 Titanium
Wireless Networking
Yes (note 3)
Yes (note 3)
Yes (note 3)
Yes (note 3, 4)
Yes (note 3)
Video Connector
ADC and VGA
ADC and VGA (dual display capable)
ADC and DVI (dual display capable) DVI to VGA adapter included (See Note 5)
ADC and DVI (dual display capable) DVI to VGA adapter included (see Note 5)
ADC and DVI (dual display capable) DVI to VGA adapter included (see Note 5)
Optical Drive Type
Tray Loading
Tray Loading
Tray Loading
Tray Loading
Tray Loading
DVD Decoding
Software
Software
Software
Software
Software
Bluetooth ready
With optional USB adapterWith optional USB adapterWith optional USB adapter
With Optional Internal card
With optional USB adapter
FireWire ports
Two FireWire 400Two FireWire 400Two FireWire 400One FireWire 800
Two FireWire 400
Two FireWire 400
Modem
v.90 Unique to Power Mac G4 (QuickSilver) - (see Note 6)
v.90 Unique to Power Mac G4 (QuickSilver 2002) - (see Note 6)
v.92 Unique to Power Mac G4 (Mirrored Drive Door) - (see Note 6)
v.92 (see Note 6)
v.92 (see Note 6)
Model Numbers
M8493
M8493
M8570
M8570
M9145, M9309

The simplest way to differentiate the Power Mac G4 (Mirrored Drive Doors) and the Power Mac G4 (FW 800) is by looking at the FireWire ports. The FW 800 will have three FireWire ports while the Mirrored Drive Doors model will have two (see Figure 1).



Figure 1 Rear ports of Power Mac G4 (FW 800)

Technical Features Differences

The following table compares the Power Mac G4 models.

Feature
Power Mac G4 (QuickSilver)
Power Mac G4 (QuickSilver 2002)
Power Mac G4
(Mirrored Drive Doors)
Power Mac G4 (FW 800)
Power Mac G4 (Mirrored Drive Doors 2003)
Microprocessor(s)
PowerPC G4
PowerPC G4
Dual PowerPC G4
PowerPC G4
PowerPC G4
Microprocessor Speed (MHz)
733,
867,
Dual 800MHz
800,
933 MHz,
Dual 1 GHz
867 MHz,
1 GHz,
1.25 GHz
1 GHz,
Dual 1.25 GHz,
Dual 1.42 GHz
1.25 GHz,
Dual 1.25 GHz
L2 Cache
256K (See Note 1)
256K (See Note 1)
256K (See Note 1)
256K (See Note 1)
256K (See Note 1)
L3 Cache
2 MB (867, 800)
(See Note 1)
2 MB DDR RAM
(933, 1 GHz) (See Note 1)
1 MB DDR SRAM (867 & 1 GHz),
2 MB DDR SRAM
(1.25 GHz) (See Note 1)
1 MB DDR SRAM (1 GHz and Dual 1.25 GHz),
2 MB DDR SRAM
(1.42 GHz) (See Note 1)
1 MB DDR SRAM
(See Note 1)
Bus speed (MHz)
133
133
133 (867 MHz),
167 (1 GHz and 1.25 GHz)
133 (1 GHz),
167 (Dual 1.25 GHz and Dual 1.42 GHz)
167
Memory
PC 133 SDRAM
up to 1.5 GB
PC 133 SDRAM
up to 1.5GB
PC2100 (867 MHz),
PC2700 (1 GHz and 1.25 GHz)
PC2100 (1 GHz),
PC2700 (Dual 1.25 GHz and Dual 1.42 GHz)
PC2700
Video
NVIDIA GeForce2 MX
NVIDIA GeForce3
RADEON 7500
NVIDIA GeForce4 MX
NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce4 MX
RADEON 9000 Pro
NVIDIA GeForce4 Titanium
NVIDIA GeForce4 MX
RADEON 9000 Pro
NVIDIA GeForce4 Titanium
ATI Radeon 9700 Pro
RADEON 9000 Pro
NVIDIA GeForce4 Titanium
AirPort
Optional (see Note 3)
Optional (see Note 3)
Optional (see Note 3)
Optional (see Notes 3, 4)
Optional (see Note 3)
USB Controller
Dual Independent
(two controllers)
Dual Independent
(two controllers)
Dual Independent
(two controllers)
Dual Independent
(two controllers)
Dual Independent
(two controllers)
FireWire Controller
Built into logic board
Built into logic board
Built into logic board
Built into logic board
Built into logic board
PCI Slots
One AGP and four PCI slots
One AGP and four PCI slots
One AGP and four PCI slots
One AGP and four PCI slots
One AGP and four PCI slots
Hard Drive bus
Ultra ATA/66
Ultra ATA/66
1 Ultra ATA/100,
1 Ultra ATA/66 (with 4 drive bays)
1 Ultra ATA/100,
1 Ultra ATA/66 (with 4 drive bays)
1 Ultra ATA/100,
1 Ultra ATA/66 (with 4 drive bays)
CD/DVD Drive
CD-RW, DVD-R (2x DVD-R write)
CD-RW, DVD-R (2x DVD-R write)
DVD-ROM/CD-RW, DVD-R (2x DVD-R write), bay for second CD/DVD drive
DVD-ROM/CD-RW, DVD-R (4x DVD-R write), bay for second CD/DVD drive
DVD-ROM/CD-RW, DVD-R (2x DVD-R write), bay for second CD/DVD drive
DVD-Video
Software decoder
Software decoder
Software decoder
Software decoder
Software decoder
Power Management
Low-power sleep
Low-power sleep
Low-power sleep
Low-power sleep
Low-power sleep
Sound Input Ports
USB (with 3rd party adapter)
USB (with 3rd party adapter)
line-in,
USB (with 3rd party adapter)
line-in,
USB (with 3rd party adapter)
line-in,
USB (with 3rd party adapter)
Sound Output Ports
2.5 mm Apple Speaker
port, 3.5 mm stereo
2.5 mm Apple Speaker
port, 3.5 mm stereo
2.5 mm Apple Speaker
port, 3.5 mm stereo, front headphone minijack
2.5 mm Apple Speaker
port, 3.5 mm stereo, front headphone minijack
2.5 mm Apple Speaker
port, 3.5 mm stereo, front headphone minijack

Notes

    1. L2 or L3 cache levels stated are per processor on dual processor configurations.

    2. The system software CDs are specific to each model computer. You should use the system software CD that came with your computer to make sure the appropriate software is installed.

    3. Wireless Internet access requires an AirPort Card, AirPort Base Station, and an Internet service provider, for which fees may apply. Some ISPs are not compatible with AirPort. For more information, see technical document 106590: "AirPort: Requirements for Wireless Internet Access."

    4. Power Mac G4 (FW 800) computers require the AirPort Extreme card, but can connect to a standard AirPort or AirPort Extreme Base Station (see technical document 107372 "AirPort Extreme: Compatibility With Earlier AirPort and Third-Party 802.11b Wireless Products"

    5. Second Apple flat-panel display requires Apple DVI to ADC Adapter, sold separately.

    6. Appropriate ISP and telephone services required. Your ISP may not support all V.92 features. Modem will function according to V.90 standards if V.92 services are not available. Actual modem speeds lower.


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