Power Macintosh G4 (Quicksilver 2002)


Family: PowerMac G3/G4/G5

Codename: Nichrome

Gestalt ID: 406

Minimum OS: 9.2.2

Maximum OS: 10.5.8

Introduced: January 2002

Terminated: July 2002


CPU: PowerPC 7455 "G4"

CPU Speed: 800/933 MHz/2x1 GHz

FPU: integrated

Bus Speed: 133 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: 2 MB DDR SDRAM per-processor, 1:4

ROM: 1 MB ROM + 3 MB toolbox ROM loaded into RAM

RAM Type: PC133

Minimum RAM Speed: 133 MHz

Onboard RAM: 0 MB

RAM slots: 3

Maximum RAM: 1.5 GB

Expansion Slots: 4 64-bit 33 MHz PCI, 1 4x AGP (filled)




Max Resolution: all resolutions supported

Video Out: VGA/DVI, ADC


Hard Drive: 40/60/80 GB

ATA Bus: ATA-66

Zip Drive: optional 250 MB

Optical Drive: 24x/8x/4x/6x/2x/1x CD-RW/DVD-R


USB: 2

Firewire: 2

Audio Out: stereo 16 bit mini, Pro Speaker

Speaker: mono


Modem: 56 kbps

Ethernet: 10/100/1000Base-T

Wi-Fi: optional 802.11b


Power: 338 Watts

Dimensions: 17" H x 8.9" W x 18.4" D

Weight: 30 lbs.


The 800 MHz model used a PPC 7450 processor, had no level 3 cache, shipped with 32 MB ATI Radeon 7500 graphics card, and a 24x/8x/4x CD-RW drive, and had Maximum OS of 10.4.11. The 64 MB NVIDIA GeForce4 Titanium graphics card was available on all models as a BTO configuration.

Announced in January 2002, The PowerMac G4 (Quicksilver 2002) was the first Mac to break the Gigahertz barrier. Apart from the addition of a DDR SDRAM L3 cache on the middle and high-end models and several new graphics cards, the Quicksilver 2002 series was essentially a speed-bump of the Previous Quicksilver series. The Quicksilver 2002 PowerMac G4 was available in three configurations: The 800 MHz model, with 256 MB of RAM, a 40 GB hard drive, and a CD-RW drive, was $1599, the 933 MHz configuration, with 256 MB of RAM, a 60 GB hard drive and a DVD-R drive, was $2299, and the high-end 1 GHz model, with 512 MB of RAM, an 80 GB hard drive and a DVD-R drive, was $2999. There was also a BTO "Ultimate" configuration, with dual 1 GHz processors, 1.5 GB or RAM, two 80 GB ATA-66 hard drives, and an NVIDIA GeForce4 Titanium graphics card, for $3899.

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Date: Thu, 04 Aug 2005 04:08:24 -0700
From: Jason Graff
Subject: Additional Info. About PM G4 Quicksilver 2002

Just a note to let you know that the PowerMac Quicksilver 2002, despite its ATA-66 spec, natively supports two hard drives larger than 137 GB (a change from the previous PowerMacs). From what I've read, a move to 48-bit ATA addressing (is that right?) enabled this feature. Anyway, just thought you'd like to know as it might help someone decide which used PowerMac to buy.