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Apple Power Mac G4 and G5
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by Vaughn Aubuchon

Here are 2 brief summary comparison charts of the Apple Power Macintosh G4 and G5 desktop computers, with selected spec comparisons.

The tables compare processor speed, hard drive size, factory RAM, video card, CD ROM, and data cache size for Apple Macintosh G4 and G5 computer models.

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Apple Mac G4 Evolution Summary -
PowerMac Desktop Model Comparison Chart

Introd.

Discon.

G4 Series
Name

G4 Name

Apple
Order #
Speed
MHz.
HD
RAM
Orig.
VRAM
Video Card
CD
Drive
L1
L2
Cache

 Other

 

"Power G3"

 

 

PC100

 

ATI

 

 

 

1-99 to 6-99

 "Blue & White"

M7556 LL/A

300
6G
64M
16M

Rage 128

CD

32K
512K

first firewire

1-99 to 8-99

 (Yosemite)

M7555 LL/A

350
6G
64M
16M

Rage 128

DVD

32K
512K

last ADB

1-99 to 8-99

 

M7554 LL/A

400
12G
128M
16M

Rage 128

CD

32K
512K

2 Firewire- 2USB

6-99 to 8-99

 

M7553 LL/A

450
9G
128M
16M

Rage 128

CD

32K
512K

 

 

OS 8.5
602-3821-A
200W

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 1
(1st G4)

"PCI Graphics"

Speed
MHz.
HD
ATA/33
RAM
PC100
 VRAM
Video Card
  CD
Drive
L1
L2
Cache

 

8-99 to
10-99

 Yikes

M7826 LL/A

400
?
?
16M

Rage 128

CD-24x

64K
512K

stan.sleep

10-99 to
12-99

Yikes

M7826 LL/A

350
?
?
16M

Rage 128

CD-24x

64K
512K

stan.sleep

1999-12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

no airport

?

 

M7631 LL/A

400
10G
64M
16M

Rage 128

CD-32x

64K
1M

3 Firewire- 2USB

 

OS 8.6
691-2404A
200W

-

 2

"AGP Graphics"

Speed
MHz.
HD
ATA/66
RAM
PC100
 VRAM

2xAGP

 CD
Drive
 L1
L2
Cache

 

 

 Sawtooth

M7641 LL/A

400
10G
64M
16M

 

 

 64K
1M

l-power sleep

1999-09

 Sawtooth

M7824 LL/A

400
20G
128M
16M

Rage128

DVD-RAM

64K
1M

-

2000-07

 Sawtooth

M7232 LL/A

450
20G
128M
16M

Rage128

DVD-RAM

64K
1M

#1

 

 

M7628 LL/A

450
20G
128M
16M

 

 

 64K
1M

 -

 

 

M7827 LL/A

450
30G
128M
16M

 

 

64K
1M

2 Firewire- 2USB

 

 Sawtooth

M6921 LL/A

500
27G
256M
16M

Rage128Pro

DVD-RAM

64K
1M

 -

 

 

M7629 LL/A

500
27G
256M
16M

 

 

 64K
1M

 -

 

 Sawtooth

M7825 LL/A

500
27G
128M
16M

Rage128Pro

DVD-RAM

64K
1M

2 Firewire- 2USB

 

 

M8250 LL/A

500
40G
256M
16M

 

 

 64K
1M

-

OS 8.6
691-2460A
200W

-

 3

"Gigabit Ethernet"

Speed
MHz.
HD
ATA/66
RAM
PC100
VRAM
Video Card
 CD
Drive
 L1
L2
Cache

 

2000-07

 

M7891 LL/A

400
20G
64M
16M

Rage128Pro

DVD-ROM

64K
256K

l-power sleep

 

M7892 LL/A

450x2
30G
128M
16M

Rage128Pro

DVD-ROM

64K
256K

Airport ready

 

M7893 LL/A

500x2
40G
256M
16M

ATI Radeon

DVD-RAM

64K
256K

 

 

OS 9.0
691-2639
220W

-

 4

"Digital Audio"

Speed
MHz.
HD
ATA/66
RAM
PC133
VRAM
Video Card
 CD
Drive
 L2
L3
Cache

 

2001-01

 

M7627 LL/A

466
30G
128M
16M

Rage128Pro

CD-RW

1M
0

#2

 

M7688 LL/A

533
40G
128M
32M

GeForce2MX

CD-RW

1M
0

Airport ready
2 Firewire- 2USB

 

M8451 LL/A

733
60G
256M
32M

GeForce2MX

CD-RW

256K
1M

 

M7681 LL/A

733
60G
256M
32M

ATI Radeon

CD-RW/DVD

256K
1M

 

M7945 LL/A

 

 

 

 

 

 

OS 9.1
691-2943
338W

1.5G max RAM.

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 5

"QuickSilver"

Speed
MHz.
HD
ATA/66
RAM
PC133
 VRAM
Video Card
 CD
Drive
L2
L3
Cache

 

2001-07
to
2002-08

 

M8359 LL/A

733
40G
128M
32M

GeForce2 MX

CD-RW

256K
0

Airport ready
2 Firewire
2 USB

 

M8360 LL/A

867
60G
128M
32M

GeForce2 MX

Super

256K
2M

 

M8361 LL/A

800x2
80G
256M
64M

GeForce3 MX

Super

256K
2M

M8493

1Gx2
80G
512MB
64M

Radeon 9000

#3

 

AKA M8493
Gigabit ethernet
ZIP 250
VGA, no DVI
1.5G max RAM.

OS 10.0
Cheetah
6xx-xxxx
360W

-

 6

"QuickSilver 2002"

Speed
MHz.
HD
Ultra ATA
RAM
PC133
 VRAM
 Video Card
 CD
Drive
L2
L3
Cache

 

2002-02
to
2002-08

 

M8705 LL/A

800
40G
256M
32M

Radeon 7500

CD-RW

256K
0

Airport ready
2 Firewire
2 USB

 

M8666 LL/A

933
60G
256M
32M

GeForce4 MX

Super

256K
2M

 

M8667 LL/A

1Gx2
80G
512M
64M

GeForce4 Tita.

Super

256K
2M

 

AKA M8493
No limit on hard drive size. Gigabit ethernet. Apple Pro speakers jack.
Two ATA-66 slots.
VGA, no DVI

OS 10.1
Puma
6xx-xxxx
360W

-

 7

"Mirrored Drive Doors"

Speed
MHz.
HD
ATA 100
RAM
PC2100
PC2700
VRAM
 Video Card
 CD
Drive
L2
L3
Cache

 

2002-08
to
2004-06

  MDD
Mirrored Drive Doors

M8787 LL/A

867x2
60G
256M
32M

GeForce4 MX

Combo

256K
1M

Airport ready
2 Firewire
2 USB

M8689 LL/A

1Gx2
80G
256M
64M

Radeon 9000

Super

256M
1M

M8573 LL/A

1.25G x2
120G
512M
64M

Radeon 9000

Super

256M
2M

AKA M8570 - (noise problems, fans and power supplies replaced)
No limit on hard drive size. Gigabit ethernet. Apple Pro speakers jack.
One ATA-100 slot and one ATA-66 slot.
ADC and DVI

OS 10.2
Jaguar
6xx-xxxx
750W

-

8

"Mirrored Drive Doors 2003"

Speed
MHz.
HD
ATA 100
RAM
PC2700
VRAM
Video Card
CD
Drive
L2
L3
Cache

2003-02
to
xxx

MDD

M9145,
M9309

1.25G
80G
256M
64M

Radeon 9000 Pro
or
GeForce4 Titanium

Combo

256K
1M

360W

AKA M8573
One ATA-100 slot, and one ATA-66 slot.
Original Airport ready.
2G max RAM.

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"FW 800"

Speed
MHz.
HD
ATA 100
RAM
PC2100
PC2700
VRAM
Video Card
CD
Drive
L2
L3
Cache

FW 800 Single

M8839 LL/A

1G
60G
256M
64M

GeForce4 MX

Combo
or
Super

256K
1M

FW 800 Dual

M8840 LL/A

1.25G
80G
256M
64M

Radeon 9000

256K
1M

#4, #5

FW 800 Dual

M8841 LL/A

1.43G
120G
512M
64M

Radeon 9000

256K
2M

AKA M8570
No limit on hard drive size. Gigabit ethernet. Apple Pro speakers jack.
Requires Airport EXTREME. One 800MHz. FW port. Three FW, 2 USB.
2G max RAM.

OS 10.2.4
400W

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Source: Apple PowerMac specs

This Mac G4 specs comparison chart is intended as a guide only, and may not be 100% accurate.
Evolution history of Apple G4 Power Macintosh Computer Models

70

80

90 - 700

40

40

50

50

100

60

50

70



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Apple Mac G5 Evolution Summary -
PowerMac Desktop Computer Comparison Chart

Introd.

Discon.

G5 Model
Name

Apple
Order #
Speed
MHz.
HD
RAM
Installed
DDR
SDRAM
VRAM
Video Card
 CD
Drive
DDR
L2
Cache

Operating
System

2003-06
to
2004-06

"Power Mac G5"

G5-
G5-
G5- Dual

M9020-
M9031-
M9032-

1.6G
1.8G
2.0G
80G
160G
160G
256M
512M
512M
64M
64M
64M

nVidia FX 5200
nVidia FX 5200
ATI Radeon 9600

Super 4x

512k

OS 10.2.7
Jaguar

400W
600W
600W

2003-11
to
2004-06

G5- Dual

M9393-

1.8
160G
512M
64M

nVidia FX 5200

Super 4x

512k

OS 10.2.7
400W

2004-06
to
2005-10

"June 2004"

Dual 970fx
Dual 970fx
Dual 970fx

M9454-
M9455-
M9457-

1.8G
2.0G
2.5G
80G
160G
160G
256M
512M
512M
64M
64M
128M

nVidia FX 5200
nVidia FX 5200
ATI Radeon 9600

Super 8x

512k

OS 10.3.4
Panther
400W
600W
600W

2004-10
to
2005-06

"Late 2004"

Single 970fx

M9555-

1.8
80G
256M
64M

Radeon 9600 Pro

Super 8x

512k

OS 10.3.5
750W

2005-04
to
2005-10

"Early 2005"

Dual 970fx
Dual 970fx
Dual 970fx

M9747-
M9748-
M9749-

2.0
2.3
2.7
160G
250G
250G
512M
512M
512M
128M
128M
256M

Radeon 9600
Radeon 9600
Radeon 9650

Super 16x

512k

OS 10.4
Tiger
450W
600W
600W

2005-10
to
2006-08

"Late 2005"

G5 Dual Core
G5 Dual Core
G5 Quad Core

M9590 -
M9591 -
M9592 -

2.0G
2.3G
2.5G
160G
250G
250G
512M
512M
512M
128M
256M
256M

GeForce 6600 LE
GeForce 6600
GeForce 6600

Super 16x
Super 16x
Super 16x

1M
DDR2

OS 10.4.2
Tiger

1,400W

Sources: EveryMac.com - Apple PowerMac specs

Apple Mac PRO Summary - Mac Pro Desktop Computer Comparison Chart

  Intel Core 2

Apple
Order #
Speed
MHz.
HD
RAM
Installed
DDR
SDRAM
VRAM
Video Card
 CD
Drive

2006-08
to
??

"Mac Pro"

Dual P

MA356-
MA356-
MA356-

2.0G
2.66G
3G
250G
1G
DDR2
667MH
256M

GeForce 7300 GT

Super 16x
4M

OS 10.4.7
980W

2007-10

OS 10.5
Leopard
(no OS 9 support)

2008

"Early 2008"

Dual core (MA970LL/A)
Quad-core
8-core

OS 10.5

2009

"Early 2009"

8-core (MB535LL/A),
Quad-core (MB871LL/A)

OS 10.5

.
Source:
Mac Pro specs

This Mac G5 specs comparison chart is intended as a guide only,
and may not be 100% accurate.
Evolution history of Apple G5 Power Macintosh Computer Models

70

80

90 - 700

40

40

50

50

100

60

50

70



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DISCLAIMER:
This is historical data, provided for archival purposes.

This Apple Power Macintosh computer spec comparison information was collected from the internet. I hope that there are no errors.

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