Power Macintosh G3 (Blue and White)

At A Glance

First introduced in 1999, the Power Macintosh G3 (Blue and White) sported a new case design for easy access to internal components and was the first PC to ship with copper CPI technology. The 300Mhz version retailed for $1,599. You can view the original specifications of the Power Macintosh G3 here.

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Original Specifications

  • Processor:
    • 350-, 400-, or 450-MHz PowerPC G3 processor
    • 1MB backside level 2 cache on processor, running at 175, 200, or 225 MHz depending on processor speed
    • 100-MHz system bus
    • Integrated floating-point unit and 64K on-chip level 1 cache (32K for data and 32K for instruction)
  • Memory:
    • 64MB or 128MB of PC100 SDRAM (3.3-volt, unbuffered, 64-bit-wide, 168-pin, 100 MHz/8ns devices)
    • Four DIMM slots support up to 1GB of PC100 SDRAM using the following DIMMs:¬†‚ÄĒ32MB, 64MB, or 128MB DIMMs (64-bit-wide, 64-Mbit technology)¬†128MB or 256MB DIMMs (64-bit-wide, 128-Mbit technology)
  • Graphics support – ATI RAGE 128 graphics card with 16MB of SDRAM graphics memory, which provides the following capabilities:
    • 2D performance¬†
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    • 128-bit internal engine¬†
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    • Hardware acceleration of graphics and video¬†
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    • Support for up to 1,600 by 1,200-pixel resolution at 32 bits per pixel (millions of colors)
    • 3D performance¬†
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    • Advanced integrated triangle setup engine
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    • Single-pass multitexturing design¬†
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    • Full 32-bit-per-pixel (bpp) Z buffer and 8-bpp stencil buffer
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    • Robust support of QuickDraw 3D RAVE and OpenGL
  • Electrical requirements:
    • Line voltage: 115V AC (90V to 132V AC) or 230V AC (180V to 264V AC)
    • Frequency: 47 to 63 Hz, single phase
    • Maximum continuous power (not including display): 200W

  • Storage:
    • One of the following:¬†
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    • 6GB Ultra ATA hard disk¬†
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    • 12GB Ultra ATA hard disk¬†
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    • 9GB Ultra2 LVD SCSI hard disk with Ultra2 LVD SCSI PCI card
    • 32x-speed (maximum) CD-ROM drive; or 5x-speed (maximum) DVD-ROM drive with DVD-Video playback (reads CD-ROMs at up to 32x speed)
    • Zip drive (some configurations)
    • Two additional expansion bays for Ultra Wide SCSI and Ultra2 LVD SCSI drives
  • Interfaces:
    • Two 400-Mbps FireWire ports¬†
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    • Two 12-Mbps Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports¬†
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    • Apple Desktop Bus (ADB) port (maximum current draw for all ADB devices is 500 mA.**Note:¬†The Apple Developer Note on this product incorrectly states that the maximum current draw is 100 mA).
    • Built-in 10/100BASE-T Ethernet connector (RJ-45)¬†
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    • Optional internal 56K modem card (supports K56flex and V.90 standards)**
    • Four PCI slots: three 64-bit, 33-MHz slots and one 32-bit, 66-MHz slot dedicated to the ATI RAGE 128 graphics card
    • 15-pin mini D-Sub VGA connector and Macintosh-to-VGA adapter
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    • Minijacks for 16-bit stereo audio input and output; 44.1-kHz sampling rate¬†
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    • Built-in speaker
  • Size and weight:
    • Height: 17.0 inches (43.2 cm)
    • Width: 8.9 inches (22.6 cm)
    • Depth: 18.4 inches (46.7 cm)
    • Weight: 28.7 pounds (13.0 kg)

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For a full description of the G3, check out the original Apple description here.

Click here to download all the G3 manuals.

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