Power Macintosh G4
Code name: Quicksilver
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This was the fourth computer to bear the name Power Mac G4, but the first to be housed in an obviously different case.
With processor speeds ranging from 733 to 867 MHz, the G4 had the power to outperform any Pentium 4 machine made at the time. The top of the line was a dual 800 MHz machine that first shipped in August.
There is conflicting information about "big drive" support. Apple doesn't list it as one of the Macs that supports large volumes (over 128 GB) on the internal hard drive bus, but several readers have reported successfully using 160 GB and larger hard drives on that bus. According to the Mac OS 9 Lives website, it's a matter of logic boards. If your Quicksilver has logic board 820-1276-A, it tops out at 128 GB drive capacity. If your Quicksilver has logic board 820-1342-B, it will support "big drives". You'll need to look inside your Quicksilver to see whether it supports big drives or not.
These were replaced by faster models on January 28, 2002.
- G4/733 introduced 2001.07.18 at $1,699; discontinued
G4/867 introduced 2001.07.18 at $2,499; discontinued 2002.01.28
G4/800 dual announced 2001.07.18 at $3,499, first shipped 2001.08.20; discontinued 2002.01.28
- requires Mac OS 9.2 or later, shipped with OS X 10.0.4; 10.5 not officially supported on 733 MHz model
- CPU: 733/867/dual 800 MHz PowerPC 7450
- bus: 133 MHz
- Geekbench 2 (Leopard): 667 (800 dual), 479 (867 single), 374 (733 single)
- Geekbench 2 (Tiger): 651 (800 dual), 414 (867 single), 387 (733 single)
- RAM: 128 MB standard (256 MB dual processor model), expandable to 1.5 GB using PC133 SDRAM (3.3V, unbuffered, 64-bit, 168-pin, 133 MHz) in 3 DIMM slots
- VRAM: 32 MB
- Video: AGP 4x Nvidia GeForce2 MX, dual processor model has VGA and ADC video outputs and can support a VGA monitor (no DVI)
- L2 cache: 256 KB on-chip L2 cache
- L3 cache: 2 MB per processor on 800 dual and 867 MHz models, runs at 1/4 CPU speed
- hard drive: 40 GB 5400 rpm/60 GB 7200 rpm/80 GB 7200 rpm Ultra ATA/66.
- CD-RW (32x CD, 12x CD-R, 10x CD-RW) on base model
SuperDrive CD-RW/DVD-R drive (2x DVD-R, 4x DVD, 8x CD-R, 4x CD-RW, 24x CD) on faster models
- internal Zip 250 drive (optional)
- 4 64-bit PCI slots
- internal 56k modem
- microphone: no input jack, requires use of USB device
- FireWire 400: 2 ports
- USB: 2 USB 1.1 ports
- ethernet: 10/100/gigabit
- antenna and connector for AirPort card
- size (HxWxD): 17.0" x 8.9" x 18.4"
- weight: 30.0 lb.
- Gestalt ID: n/a
- model no.: M8359 (733 MHz), M8360 (867 MHz), M8361 (800 MHz dual)
- PRAM battery: 3.6V half-AA
- upgrade path: none yet, although CPU upgrades are likely
Accelerators & Upgrades
- 8x SuperDrive DVD±RW upgrade, MCE Technologies, $99. 8x4x12x DVD, 24x24x40x CD. 2 MB buffer.
- for CPU upgrades, see our Guide to Power Mac G4 Upgrades
- Best Power Mac G4 deals.
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- Sonata SD, Sonnet Tech, 2004.06.01. First new PCI video card for the Mac in ages sells for just US$99, supports OS 7.5.3 and later plus OS X 10.1.5 and later, works with VGA or old Mac monitors, 16 MB VRAM.
- 1000 MHz Power Mac bonanza, Bare Feats, 2003.04.12. Comparison shows how much a second CPU can help. "...it's never a liability to have two processors."
- Are two brains better than one?, Dan Knight, Mac Daniel, 2003.03.24. It sounds reasonable that two processors are better than one, but how much better is a dual processor Power Mac G4 than a single processor model?
- Advice: How to eject your optical drive without the Apple keyboard, Right On Mac, 2001.09.25. Boy, I could have used this tip last week!
- Benchmarks: Dual G4 shootout, Insanely Great Mac, 2001.08.27. Dual G4/533 vs. dual G4/800 - and some results will surprise you. (Also see Bare Feats.)
- An in-depth look at what's new in the new Power Macs, Alex Summersby, MacUnlimited, 2001.07.25.
- Apple Specs: Power Mac G4 (Quicksilver)
- Leopard (Mac OS X 10.5) boot times for Power Mac with the GeForce 6200 fall into the 4-5 minute range, and was initially suggested that you install Leopard with the Mac's original video card to avoid slowing down the process. "gotoh" has posted the fix in The Mac Elite Forum. The delay is due to Leopard not supporting temperature sensors in G4 Macs. Simply remove AppleHWSensor.kext from /System/Library/Extensions, and the delay goes away.
- Power Macs earlier than the 2002 Quicksilver models do not
have built-in support for IDE hard drives with capacities over 128 GB.
Without a third-party solution, larger drives can only be formatted to
128 GB in these models. There are three options (as noted on
Accelerate Your Mac):
- Intech's ATA Hi-Cap Support Driver
- A PCI IDE card that supports big drives
- A FireWire enclosure that supports big drives
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