Power Mac G4 (QuickSilver)

Introduced: July 2001
Terminated: January 2002


The Power Mac G4 (QuickSilver) came in a redesigned case similar to its predecessors, but with a sleeker look.  There were three configurations available.  The low-end configuration ran at 733Mhz, had a 40Gb hard drive and 128Mb or RAM.  It was equipped with a CD-RW drive.  The mid-range configuration ran at 867Mhz, had a 60 GB hard drive and had 128Mb of RAM.  It had a SuperDrive, a first for a mid-range Power Mac.  The high-end model ran dual 800Mhz processors, had an 80Gb hard drive and had 256Mb of RAM.  It also had a SuperDrive.


The new models featured a new and distinctive case, but the technical upgrades in this model were only minor.  The prices ranged from $1,699 for the low-end model to $3,499 for the high-end dual-800Mhz configuration.


Power Mac G4 (QuickSilver)


Processor: PowerPC 7450 v2.1 (G4)
Number of Cores: 1
Processor Speed: 733, 867, or dual 800 MHz
Benchmarks: 733 MHz: 368, 867 MHz: 482, dual 800 MHz: 671
Cache: 64 KB L1, 256 KB (1:1) L2, 2 MB L3 (867/dual 800 MHz)
System Bus: 133 MHz
Hard Drive: 40GB 5400-rpm, 60GB 7200-rpm, or 80GB 7200-rpm
Media: 12x10x32x CD-RW, or 8x/8x/8x/32x DVD/CD-RW, or 2x/4x/8x/4x/24x SuperDrive
Peripherals: Apple Pro Keyboard, Apple Pro Mouse
Weight and Dimensions (US): 30 lbs., 17” H x 8.9” W x 18.4” D
Weight and Dimensions (Metric): 13.6 kg, 43.2 cm H x 22.6 cm W x 46.7 cm D
Original Mac OS: Mac OS 9.2 (Mac OS ROM 8.3.1) and Mac OS X 10.0.4 (4Q12)
Later Mac OS: Mac OS 9.2.1 and Mac OS X 10.1 (5G64)
Maximum Mac OS: Latest release of Mac OS X
Hardware Test: AHT (Power Mac) 1.2.1, 1.2.2, 1.2.3, 1.2.4, 1.2.5, 1.2.6, 1.2.7
Firmware: Open Firmware
Firmware Update: None
Logicboard RAM: None
Maximum RAM: 1.5 GB
Type of RAM Slots: 3 - PC133 3.3v, unbuffered, 8-byte, non-parity 168-pin SDRAM
Minimum RAM Speed: 125 MHz (8 ns)
Interleaving Support: No
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce2 MX, GeForce2 MX with TwinView, or GeForce3
ATI Card Model:—
Graphics Memory: 32 MB (GeForce2) or 64 MB (GeForce2 MX w/ TwinView and GeForce3)
Built-in Display: None
Display Modes: Dual display extended and video mirroring (GeForce2 MX w/ TV)
Display Connection: 1 - VGA, 1 - ADC
Expansion Slots: 4 - 64-bit 33 MHz PCI, 1 - 4x AGP
Expansion Bays: 4 - internal 3.5” ATA drive bays, 1 - optical drive bay, 1 - Zip 250 bay
Hard Drive Bus: Ultra ATA/66 (ATA-5)
Large Drive Support: No (Maximum of 128 GB per drive)
Optical Drive Bus: EIDE (ATA-3)
Backup Battery: 3.6 V 850 mAh Lithium (922-4028)
Max Watts: 360 W
Line Voltage: 115V AC (90V to 132V AC) or 230V AC (180V to 264V AC)
Liquid Cooling: None
AirPort: Optional AirPort card (802.11b)
Bluetooth: None
Ethernet: 10/100/1000BASE-T (RJ-45)
Modem: Optional 56k
ADB: None
Serial: None
SCSI: None
USB: 2 - 12 MBit/s
FireWire: 2 - 400 MBit/s (15W total power)
Audio In: None
Audio Out: 1 - 3.5-mm analog output jack, 1 - 2.5-mm Apple Pro Speaker minijack, Built-in speaker (16-bit 44.1 kHz sample rate)


Introduced in July 2001 the Power Mac G4 (QuickSilver) was discontinued in January 2002.



  • I remember back when I wanted these, but I was upset about Apple having THREE instead of FOUR RAM slots like my Sawtooth G4! So I decided to try to purchase a G4 MDD or a G5.
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  • I remember how excited I was once I bought this super cool computer. I still have it at home but haven’t tried to turn it on for ages but probably will give him a shot to make sure that it’s still working and I can sell it for big buck on auction smile

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  • Power mac was really great computer at the time but right now iPhone can do better in benchmarks. It feels weird how the technologies are evolved over the time

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