Power Mac G4 (Quicksilver) - Technical Specifications

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Power Mac G4 (Quicksilver) - Technical Specifications
Order no. M8359LL/A M8360LL/A M8361LL/A
Processor 733-MHz PowerPC G4 867-MHz PowerPC G4 Dual 800-MHz PowerPC G4
On-chip cache 256K L2 at 733 MHz 256K L2 at 867 MHz 256K L2 at 800 MHz per processor
Backside cache 2MB L3 at 217 MHz 2MB L3 at 200 MHz per processor
Memory (PC133 SDRAM) 128MB 128MB 256MB
Hard disk drive6 40GB (5400 rpm) 60GB (7200 rpm) 80GB (7200 rpm)
Graphics support NVIDIA GeForce2 MX with
NVIDIA GeForce2 MX with
NVIDIA GeForce2 MX with TwinView
and 64MB of SDRAM5
Optical drive CD-RW SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW) SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW)
FireWire Two ports Two ports Two ports
USB Two ports Two ports Two ports
PCI Four slots Four slots Four slots
Ethernet 10/100/1000BASE-T 10/100/1000BASE-T 10/100/1000BASE-T
Wireless networking9 AirPort ready AirPort ready AirPort ready
Modem8 56K V.90 56K V.90 56K V.90
Processor 733-MHz, 867-MHz, dual 800-MHz PowerPC G4
Memory 128MB, 256MB, 384MB, 512MB, 768MB, 1GB, 1.5GB1
Hard disk drives 40GB Ultra ATA/66 (5400 rpm), 60GB Ultra ATA/66 (7200 rpm), 80GB Ultra ATA/66 (7200 rpm), 36GB Ultra160 SCSI (10,000 rpm), 72GB Ultra160 SCSI (10,000 rpm)6
Optical drives CD-RW, combination DVD-ROM/CD-RW, SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW)
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce2 MX with 32MB of SDRAM, NVIDIA GeForce2 MX with TwinView and 64MB of SDRAM,5 NVIDIA GeForce3 with 64MB of DDR RAM
Audio Apple Pro Speakers, Harman Kardon iSub, Harman Kardon SoundSticks
Other Zip 250 drive, Ultra SCSI PCI card, Ultra160 SCSI PCI card, AirPort Card, AirPort Base Station
Technical Specifications


  • 733- or 867-MHz PowerPC G4 processor; or dual 800-MHz PowerPC G4 processors
  • Velocity Engine vector processing unit
  • Full 128-bit internal memory data paths
  • Powerful floating-point unit supporting single-cycle, double-precision calculations
  • Data stream prefetching operations supporting four simultaneous 32-bit data streams
  • 256K on-chip L2 cache running at processor speed
  • 2MB backside L3 cache running at one-fourth the processor speed (867-MHz and dual 800-MHz systems)
  • 133-MHz system bus supporting over 1-GBps data throughput


  • 128MB or 256MB of PC133 SDRAM
  • Three DIMM slots supporting up to 1.5GB of PC133 SDRAM using the following1
    —128MB or 256MB DIMMs (64-bit-wide, 128-Mbit technology) 
    —512MB DIMMs (64-bit-wide, 256-Mbit technology)


  • One of the following hard disk drives6
    —40GB 5400-rpm Ultra ATA/66 
    —60GB 7200-rpm Ultra ATA/66 
    —80GB 7200-rpm Ultra ATA/66
  • One of the following optical drives: 
    —CD-RW drive (writes CD-R discs at 12x, writes CD-RW discs at 10x, reads CDs at 32x) 
    —SuperDrive (combination DVD-R/CD-RW drive; writes DVD-R discs at 2x, reads DVDs at 4x, writes CD-R discs at 8x, writes CD-RW discs at 4x, reads CDs at 24x) 
    —Combination DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive (build-to-order option; reads DVDs at 8x, writes CD-R discs at 8x, writes CD-RW discs at 8x, reads CDs at 32x)
  • Three 3.5-inch hard drive expansion bays 
    —One ATA drive preinstalled on standard configurations 
    —Support for up to two internal ATA drives 
    —Support for up to three internal SCSI drives 
    —Support for a combination of internal SCSI and ATA drives (up to one ATA and two SCSI)

Graphics support

  • One of the following graphics cards, installed in a dedicated AGP 4X graphics slot: 
    —NVIDIA GeForce2 MX graphics card with 32MB of SDRAM 
    —NVIDIA GeForce2 MX graphics card with TwinView and 64MB of SDRAM for dual display support5 
    —NVIDIA GeForce3 graphics card with 64MB of Double Data Rate (DDR) RAM (build-to-order option)
  • Support for up to 1920-by-1200-pixel resolution at 32 bits per pixel (millions of colors)
  • Apple Display Connector (ADC)
  • 15-pin VGA connector


  • Four full-length 64-bit, 33-MHz PCI slots
  • One AGP 4X slot with graphics card installed
  • Two 400-Mbps FireWire ports (15W total power)7
  • Two USB ports (12 Mbps each; 24 Mbps total)


  • 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet connector (RJ-45)
  • Built-in 56K V.90 modem card8
  • Optional 11-Mbps AirPort Card; IEEE 802.11 DSSS compliant9
  • Optional AirPort Base Station containing 56K modem and 10BASE-T Ethernet port9


  • Built-in speaker
  • Apple speaker minijack (16 bit) for connection to Apple Pro Speakers
  • Headphone jack (16 bit)
  • Optional Apple Pro Speakers
  • Support for external third-party USB digital audio peripherals such as microphones, speakers, and MIDI devices

Keyboard and mouse

  • Apple Pro Keyboard
  • Apple Pro Mouse

Electrical requirements and agency approvals

  • Line voltage: 115V AC (90V to 132V AC) or 230V AC (180V to 264V AC)
  • Frequency: 47 to 63 Hz, single phase
  • Maximum continuous power: 360W
  • Meets ENERGY STAR requirements

Environmental requirements

  • Operating temperature: 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)
  • Storage temperature: –40° to 116° F (–40° to 47° C)
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
  • Maximum altitude: 10,000 feet

Size and weight

  • Height: 17.0 inches (43.2 cm)
  • Width: 8.9 inches (22.6 cm)
  • Depth: 18.4 inches (46.7 cm)
  • Weight: 31 pounds (14.1 kg)10
  1. 999MB maximum per application in Mac OS 9.
  2. DVD authoring in Mac OS X requires iDVD 2 and Mac OS X v10.1, available in late summer 2001; see www.apple.com/macosx for details.
  3. Burning data CDs in Mac OS X requires Mac OS X v10.1, available in late summer 2001; see www.apple.com/macosx for details.
  4. iTunes is licensed for reproduction of noncopyrighted materials or materials the user is legally permitted to reproduce.
  5. Dual display option supports one VGA display and one ADC display simultaneously.
  6. 1GB = 1 billion bytes; actual formatted capacity less.
  7. Actual rates will vary.
  8. Actual modem speeds lower; speed depends on connection rate and other factors.
  9. Wireless Internet access requires AirPort Card, AirPort Base Station, and Internet access (fees may apply). Some ISPs are not currently compatible with AirPort, including America Online. Range may vary with site conditions.
  10. Weight varies by configuration and manufacturing process.

Published Date: Apr 6, 2016