Power Macintosh G4 (FireWire 800)
Family: PowerMac G3/G4/G5
Gestalt ID: 406
Minimum OS: 10.2.3
Maximum OS: 10.5.8
Introduced: January 2003
Terminated: June 2003
CPU: PowerPC 7455 "G4"
CPU Speed: 1.0/2x1.25/2x1.42 GHz
Bus Speed: 166 MHz
Register Width: 32-bit
Data Bus Width: 64-bit
Address Bus Width: 32-bit
Level 1 Cache: 32 kB data, 32 kB instruction
Level 2 Cache: 256 kB on-processor
Level 3 Cache: 1 MB DDR SDRAM per-processor, 1:4 (2 MB for 2x 1.42 GHz)
ROM: 1 MB ROM + 3 MB toolbox ROM loaded into RAM
RAM Type: PC2700 DDR
Minimum RAM Speed: 333 MHz
Onboard RAM: 0 MB
RAM slots: 4
Maximum RAM: 2.0 GB
Expansion Slots: 4 64-bit 33 MHz PCI, 1 4x AGP (filled)
GPU: ATI Radeon 9000 Pro
VRAM: 64 MB
Max Resolution: all resolutions supported
Video Out: VGA/DVI, ADC
Hard Drive: 60/80/120 GB
ATA Bus: Ultra ATA-100
Optical Drive: 32x/32x/10x/12x CD-RW/DVD-ROM
Audio Out: 2x stereo 16 bit mini, Pro Speaker
Audio In: stereo 16 bit mini
Modem: 56 kbps
Wi-Fi: optional 802.11b/g card
Bluetooth: internal support
Power: 338 Watts
Dimensions: 17" H x 8.9" W x 18.4" D
Weight: 42 lbs.
The 1.0 GHz model used 266 MHz PC2100 DDR SDRAM, had a 133 MHz bus, and used a 64 MB NVIDIA GeForce4 MX graphics card. The dual 1.42 GHz model included a 32x/16x/8x/8x/4x CD-RW/DVD-R drive.
Introduced in January 2003, The PowerMac G4 (FireWire 800) was primarily a speed bump of the G4 MDD line, although it did include several architecture enhancements. The most exciting new features were the inclusion of a single FireWire 800 port, internal support for the BlueTooth wireless standard, and support for the AirPort Extreme wireless networking system. AirPort Extreme was the Apple moniker for the 802.11g standard, which supported speeds of up to 54 Mbps and was backward compatible with existing 802.11b/AirPort devices.
The PowerMac G4 (FW800) represented the fastest and least expensive line of PowerMacs Apple had ever introduced. The 1.0 GHz model, with 256 MB of RAM, a CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive, a 60 GB hard drive and a 64 MB NVIDIA GeForce4 MX graphics card, sold for $1499. The dual 1.25 GHz model, with 256 MB of RAM, a CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive, an 80 GB hard drive, and a 64 MB ATI Radeon 9000 Pro graphics card, sold for $1999. The high-end dual 1.42 GHz model, with 512 MB of RAM, a CD-RW/DVD-R drive, a 120 GB hard disk and a 64 MB ATI Radeon 9000 Pro graphics card, was a modest $2699, making it the cheapest high-end Power Mac ever.
The PowerMac G4 (FireWire 800) was discontinued in June of 2003 and was replaced by the PowerMac G5.