Macintosh Quadra 700

At A Glance

Launched in October, 1991 the Macintosh Quadra 700 was powered by the Motorola 68040 processor which made it one of the fastest machines Apple had produced at the time. It retailed for around US$6,000, shipped with a built in 1.4Mb floppy drive and 80 to 400Mb hard drive, and was one of the first Macs with built-in ethernet using Apple’s AAUI connector. You can view the original specifications of the Macintosh Quadra 700 at the Apple site by clicking here.

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Original Specifications

  • Microprocessor:
    • Motorola 68040, 32-bit architecture, 25 MHz clock speed
    • Integral Paged Memory Management Unit (PMMU), Floating Point Unit (FPU), and 8-kilobyte cache architecture
  • Memory:
    • Comes with 4MB of RAM on the logic board and four memory expansion sockets.
    • Expandable to 20MB of RAM by installing 4MB SIMMs in the empty slots
  • Disk Drives:
    • Built-in Apple SuperDrive 1.4MB floppy disk drive
    • 80MB, 160MB, or 400MB internal Apple SCSI hard disk drive (optional)
    • Supports all Apple monitors, including Macintosh 12-inch RGB Display, Macintosh 12-inch Monochrome Display, AppleColor High-Resolution RGB Monitor, Macintosh Portrait Display, Macintosh Two-Page Monochrome Monitor, Macintosh 21-inch Color Display
    • Supports some non-Apple monitors, including VGA, NTSC, and PAL
  • Keyboard:
    • Supports all Apple Desktop Bus keyboards.
  • Mouse:
    • Apple Desktop Bus Mouse; mechanical tracking, optical shaft, or contact encoding
  • Sound Generator:
    • Custom Sound Chip drives stereo miniature phone jack headphones or stereo equipment.
  • Clock/Calendar:
    • Custom chip with long-life lithium battery
  • Microphone:
    • Electret, omnidirectional; output voltage is 4 millivolts, peak-to-peak, at normal volume.

  • Video RAM:
    • 512K, upgradable to 2MB for display of more colors or shades of gray
  • Interfaces:
    • Two Apple Desktop Bus (ADB) ports, supporting a keyboard, mouse, and other devices daisy-chained through a synchronous serial bus
    • Two serial (RS-232/RS-422) ports, 230.4 kilobits per second maximum (up to 0.920 megabits per second if clocked externally)
    • SCSI bus interface
    • Video port to support RGB and monochrome monitors of various sizes and resolutions
    • Two internal NuBus expansion slots
    • One processor-direct slot provides access to the CPU bus for highest possible performance.
    • Stereo sound output port capable of delivering sound to both channels of a stereo device
    • Sound input port for monaural sound input
    • AUI-15 Ethernet connector
  • Disability Access:
    • CloseView, Easy Access, and visible beep included with system software. These built-in features and third-party options provide alternative input and output tools for people with disabilities.
  • Electrical Requirements:
    • Line voltage: 100 to 240 volts AC, RMS automatically configured
    • Frequency: 50 to 60 Hz, single phase
    • Power: 50 watts maximum, not including monitor power
  • ADB Power Requirements:
    • Maximum current draw for all ADB devices: 200 milliamps (a maximum of three ADB devices is recommended)
    • Mouse draws 80 milliamps.
    • Keyboard draws 25 to 80 milliamps, depending on the keyboard model used.
  • Operating Environment:
    • Operating temperature: 50 to 104 degrees F (10 to 40 degrees C)
    • Storage temperature: -40 to 116.6 degrees F (-40 to 47 degrees C)
    • Relative humidity: 20% to 80 % noncondensing
    • Maximum altitude: 10,000 ft. (3,048 m)
  • Size and Weight:
    • Width 11.9 inches (30.2 cm)
    • Height 5.5 inches (14.0 cm)
    • Depth 14.4 inches (36.5 cm)
    • Weight 13 lb. 10 oz. (6.2 kg)

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For the Wikipedia entry on the Quadra 700 click here

Low End Mac

For some specs on the Quadra 700 head over to Low End Mac, where they also have some benchmarks.

Vectronics Apple World

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