Games For Mac G4

  1. Welcome to the iMac G4 support site. This website is primarily aimed at helping people to use (and continue to use) their iMac G4's. If you are new to this computer, click here to find out more about the machine. We can also help you with other PowerPC machines to some extent. For help, contact us. Please note - this website is quite image heavy.
  2. IMG Reviews Apple's Power Mac G4/Dual 867 1:00 PM Lucian Fong Comment on this story. IMG has taken an in-depth look at Apple's low end tower, the Power Mac G4/Dual 867.Senior Editor Andy Largent covers the dual 867's gaming abilities in detail, with comparisons of ATI's Radeon 9000 Pro and NVIDIA's GeForce4 MX and GeForce4 Titanium.The review also contains benchmarks from Quake 3, Unreal.
  3. G5 Entertainment – The Developer and Publisher of Casual and Free-to-Play games for iPhone, iPad, Android, Google Play, Kindle Fire, Windows and Mac.
  4. So I recently purchased a 15' iMac G4 (1GHz) with the intent of retro gaming. It hasn't arrived yet, but I do have a 1.07GHz iBook G4 that serves as a good analog for the performance, so I decided to try out some retro gaming on it. Here are some of my findings: NES.

All of those games will play on PPC, almost everything runs in OS X natively with the exceptions being Warcraft 1/2, Descent 3, Pathways into Darkness (there is free Intel mac version), Diablo 1 and a handful of the Command and Conquer series. As mentioned already, the Myst series is great.

lla”Wicked fast” is the phrase that best summarizes the breakthrough performance of the G4 CPU. The Power Mac G4 was the first personal computer classified as munitions and under export restriction because of its power at the time it was introduced.

Offering up to twice the performance of the G3 and three times the power of a Pentium III at the same clock speed, the G4 was Apple’s first serious pro computer after Steve Jobs became iCEO. Designed in graphite gray, silver, and clear plastics, it even looks professional. The 400 MHz Yikes! (a.k.a PCI Graphics) offers 0.8-3.2 gigaflops (billion floating point operations per second) performance; by government definition in 1999, it was a supercomputer.

Note that there were two different versions of the Power Mac G4. released simultaneously. The Yikes! machines have a different motherboard with different features than the Sawtooth G4, which is covered on a separate page.

The Yikes! version does not have the AGP video card slot or support AirPort. The 1999 G4 Power Macs were the first Macs with bootable USB. However, the Yikes! G4 cannot boot from a FireWire drive and does not support FireWire Target Disk Mode. Yikes! also cannot boot from USB drives (see USB Info and Benefits of Dual-Channel USB). These are some of the reasons we label it a Compromised Mac.

Due to G4 CPU supply problems at Motorola, Apple replaced the 400 MHz Yikes! with a 350 MHz model at the same price on 1999.10.13 – perhaps the first time in the industry that a computer has decreased in speed without decreasing in price.

If you would have been content with a Blue & White G3 at 300-400 MHz, the Yikes! G4 is pretty much the same computer with a better CPU. But if you’re after flat out performance, bypass this model and go for the Sawtooth machines.

The Yikes! G4 is absolutely not supported under Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, and it cannot boot into Leopard with its original video card. We do have a report of Yikes! successfully booting into Leopard with a Radeon 9200 PCI video card.

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Details

  • 400 MHz version introduced 1999.08.31 at US$1,599; replaced by 350 MHz model 1999.10.13 at same price; discontinued 1999.12.02
  • code names: Yikes!, PCI Graphics
  • Requires Mac OS 8.6 through OS X 10.4 Tiger, 10.5 Leopard not officially supported
  • CPU: 350/400 MHz PPC G4
  • Bus: 100 MHz
  • L2 cache: 1 MB 2:1 backside cache
  • CPU performance, G4/400: 1314, MacBench 5 (Beige G3/300 = 1000)
  • FPU performance, G4/400: 1473, MacBench 5 (Beige G3/300 = 1000)
  • RAM: 64 MB standard, expandable to 1 GB using PC100 SDRAM (3.3V,unbuffered, 64-bit, 168-pin, 100 MHz) in 4 DIMM slots; will not recognized 512 MB modules
  • VRAM: 16 MB
  • Video: ATI Rage 128 on 66 MHz bus, supports resolutions to 1600 x 1200 with 32-bit support, VGA connector
  • Hard drive: 10 GB 5400 rpm Ultra ATA/33. Maximum IDE drive size is 128 GB without third-party support. See How big a hard drive can I put in my iMac, eMac, or Power Mac? for three options.
  • CD-ROM: 32x (max.), DVD-ROM and DVD-RAM optional
  • internal Zip drive optional
  • 4 PCI slots (3 are 64-bit, one is 66 MHz; 66 MHz slot used for video card)
  • optional internal 56k modem
  • Microphone: standard 3.5mm minijack, compatible with line-level input including Apple’s PlainTalk microphone
  • three 400 Mbps FireWire ports (one internal, two external, not bootable from FireWire)
  • two 12 Mbps USB ports for keyboard, mouse, and peripherals
  • no ADB port
  • 10/100Base-T ethernet connector on back of computer
  • size (HxWxD): 17.0″ x 8.9″ x 18.4″
  • Weight: 30.0 lb.
  • Gestalt ID: n/a
  • PRAM battery: 3.6V half-AA
  • upgrade path: via CPU upgrades
  • part numbers: M5183 (case, not model), M7631 (350 MHz), M7826 (400 MHz)

Accelerators & Upgrades

  • 8x SuperDrive DVD±RW upgrade, MCE Technologies, $149. 8x4x12x DVD, 24x24x40x CD. 2 MB buffer. Requires OS 9 or OS X.
  • for CPU upgrades, see our Guide to Power Mac G4 Upgrades

Online Resources

Games For Power Mac G4

  • Best Power Mac G4 Deals.
  • Picking Up a Used Power Mac G3 Or G4: Is It Worth It?, Dan Knight, Mac Musings, 2008.12.18. In some cases, shipping can cost more than the computer itself. Where are the best values?
  • Best Classic Mac OS Deals. Best online prices for System 6, 7.1, 7.5.x, Mac OS 7.6, 8.0, 8.1, 8.5, 9.0, 9.2.2, and other versions.
  • Best Mac OS X 10.0-10.3 Deals. Best online prices for Mac OS X 10.0, 10.1, 10.2, and 10.3.
  • Best Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger Deals. Best online prices for Mac OS X 10.4.
  • What’s the Best Version of OS X for My Mac?, Ian R Campbell, The Sensible Mac, 2008.02.28. Which version of Mac OS X is best for your hardware depends on several factors.
  • WiFi Hardware Compatible with Desktop Macs Running OS X, MetaPhyzx, Mac Daniel, 2009.03.11. USB, ethernet, PCI, and other wireless hardware compatible with Mac OS X.
  • Low End Mac’s Compleat Guide to Mac OS 9, Charles W Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2008.05.12. Mac OS 9 remains fast and stable, but Classic software hasn’t kept up with the changing internet. Which Macs support OS 9, where to buy it, and how to update to 9.2.2.
  • Know Your Mac’s Upgrade Options, Phil Herlihy, The Usefulness Equation, 2008.08.26. Any Mac can be upgraded, but it’s a question of what can be upgraded – RAM, hard drive, video, CPU – and how far it can be upgraded.
  • WiFi Adapters for Desktop Macs Running Mac OS 9, MetaPhyzx, Mac Daniel, 2009.02.10. USB, ethernet, PCI, and other wireless hardware compatible with the Classic Mac OS.
  • The best desktop Mac for gaming and 3 runners up, Dan Bashur, Apple, Tech, and Gaming, 2009.09.10. The ultimate desktop gaming Mac for under $700 plus three low-end budget contenders.
  • The Future of Up-to-Date Browsers for PowerPC Macs, Charles W Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2009.08.31. With Intel-only “Snow Leopard” shipping, software support for PPC Macs will continue its decline. Also, a look at SeaMonkey 2 and Camino 1.6.9.
  • Optimized Software Builds Bring Out the Best in Your Mac, Dan Knight, Low End Mac’s Online Tech Journal, 2009.06.30. Applications compiled for your Mac’s CPU can load more quickly and run faster than ones compiled for universal use.
  • Tips for Installing or Reinstalling Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, Adam Rosen, Adam’s Apple, 2009.06.10. Mac OS X 10.4 uses less memory than Leopard, supports Classic Mode on PowerPC Macs, and isn’t supported on G3 Macs.
  • Does Using Matched RAM Make Your Classic Mac OS Machine Faster or More Stable?, Simon Royal, Tech Spectrum, 2009.04.28. Most Macs don’t need matched memory modules and seem to run just fine with mismatched brands and capacities, but matching modules may be a bit faster.
  • Is It Worth Maxing the RAM in Old G3 and G4 Macs?, Simon Royal, Tech Spectrum, 2009.04.15. Increasing memory can make your old Mac faster and make you more productive, but it probably won’t improve resale value by the amount you spend.
  • Dialup Is outdated, Eudora on Macintel, improving Tiger on low-end Macs, and more, Charles W Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2009.02.25. Ongoing frustrations with Eudora and dialup, ways to tweak Tiger for better performance, and problems with a WD MyBook external hard drive.
  • Is Camino now the best browser for older Macs?, Charles W Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2009.01.13. Camino 1.6.6 works very will with Mac OS X 10.3 through 10.5 and seems especially well suited for slower PowerPC Macs.
  • 4 GB RAM problem persists after firmware update, TriBook concept MacBook, DIY Mac netbook, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2008.12.19. Also using third-party monitors with ‘Late 2008’ MacBooks, MacMagSaver protects MagSafe cord, $25 802.11g USB adapter, bargain ‘Books from $500 to $2,299, and more.
  • The ‘Better Safe Than Sorry’ Guide to Installing Mac OS X Updates, Charles W Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2008.12.16. Most users encounter no problems using Software Update, but some preflight work and using the Combo updater means far less chance of trouble.
  • Why You Should Partition Your Mac’s Hard Drive, Dan Knight, Mac Musings, 2008.12.11. “At the very least, it makes sense to have a second partition with a bootable version of the Mac OS, so if you have problems with your work partition, you can boot from the ’emergency’ partition to run Disk Utility and other diagnostics.”
  • Every working computer is useful to someone, Allison Payne, The Budget Mac, 2008.11.19. Whether it’s a PowerBook 1400, G3 iMac, or Power Mac G4, it could be all the computer someone needs.
  • How to clone Mac OS X to a new hard drive, Simon Royal, Tech Spectrum, 2008.10.07. Whether you want to put a bigger, faster drive in your Mac or clone OS X for use in another Mac, here’s the simple process.
  • The best browsers for older Macs running Tiger, Charles W Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2008.09.25. A dialup user’s overview of browsers for Mac OS X 10.4 puts the emphasis on reliability, downloads, and speed.
  • 9 browsers for G3 and older G4 Macs compared, Simon Royal, Tech Spectrum, 2008.09.26. The latest versions of Opera, Safari, Shiira, iCab, Radon, Firefox, Demeter, Sunrise, and Camino that run on Mac OS X 10.4 “Tiger”.
  • The Compressed Air Keyboard Repair, Charles W Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2008.07.24. If your keyboard isn’t working as well as it once did, blasting under the keys with compressed air may be the cure.
  • Turn your old Mac into a web server with Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP, Jason Packer, Macs in the Enterprise, 2008.07.09. Step-by-step instructions for installing and configuring Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP on an older Mac.
  • Turn your old Mac into a website server with free open source software, Jason Packer, Macs in the Enterprise, 2008.07.02. By installing Linux without a GUI, your old Mac can dedicate all of its resources to running Apache, MySQL, and PHP.
  • Macintosh peace of mind, PA Semi and the iPhone, $40 802.11g PCI card, and more, Dan Knight, Low End Mac Mailbag, 2008.05.01. Also Power Mac vs. Mac mini, more on DVD User Op Patch, 12″ vs. 14″ iBook, and VGA for a Power Mac 6100.
  • OS X on other hardware, missing midrange Macs, and no Leopard yet on Yikes, Dan Knight, Low End Mac Mailbag, 2008.04.23. The pros and cons of Mac OS X on non-Apple hardware, the need for more intermediate models, and the question of OS X 10.5 on the PCI Power Mac G4.
  • OS X for PCs, Mac mini with HDTV, 802.11n options, upgrading from Mac OS 9, and more, Dan Knight, Low End Mac Mailbag, 2008.04.22. Also reviving a dead PowerBook 5300, Lucida Grande, external FireWire SuperDrive advice, OS X and the DeskWriter, and royalties.
  • 2.6 GHz MacBook Pro worth it?, iBook video fixed, Compact Flash vs. SSD, and more, Dan Knight, Low End Mac Mailbag, 2008.03.13. Also buying a used Power Mac G4, a Power Mac 7600 still in daily use, OCR software for modern Macs, and Leopard on a Blue and White G3.
  • Safari 3.1 will be ‘crazy fast’, OS X 10.5.2 update, 20x SuperDrive from $35, and more, Mac News Review, 2008.02.15. Also Security Update for Tiger, Graphics Update for Leopard, Mac mini “as powerful as a larger desktop”, TechTool Deluxe update, and more.
  • 3 ways to better YouTube viewing on older Macs, Dan Knight, Low End Mac Mailbag, 2008.02.06. Watching YouTube videos in your browser on G3 Macs can be painfully slow, but there are several ways to improve your YouTube viewing experience.
  • Better YouTube viewing on older Macs, too many dead pixels, Safari problems in Panther, and more, Dan Knight, Low End Mac Mailbag, 2008.02.05. Also picking the right used G4 iBook, Quartz Extreme support for PCI video, problems with Mac OS 9.x on G4 Power Macs, open firmware problems with 667 MHz PowerBook, and more.
  • WWDC Leopard on upgraded Beige G3, PowerBook vs. iBook, Leopard on an 800 MHz iBook G4, and more, Dan Knight, Low End Mac Mailbag, 2008.01.30. Also MacBook Air points to future notebooks, iPod and iPhone coverage on Low End Mac, changes in Xbench scores, and help with a Mac Classic.
  • G3 and G4 Power Macs and Clamshell iBooks still useful, Ben Zalutsky, No Windows for Me, 2008.01.29. Intel CPUs may be blazingly fast, but the old G3 and G4 Macs have plenty of usable life left in them.
  • Lawsuits getting out of hand, G3 iMac upgrade resources, Leopard on a 400 MHz TiBook, and more, Dan Knight, Low End Mac Mailbag, 2008.01.08. Also wondering why Mac OS X 10.5 won’t run on the ‘Yikes!’ Power Mac G4 and AltiVec just works.
  • Cooler laptops, a G4 recording studio, a fast Unicode text editor, and phantom email, Charles W Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2007.12.03. Quieter, cooler running notebooks, a Power Mac G4-based recording studio using Mac OS 9, a fast text editor with great Unicode support, and phantom email in Mail in OS X 10.3.9.
  • Reasons for sticking with the Classic Mac OS, Tommy Thomas, Welcome to Macintosh, 2007.10.30. Whether it’s the simplicity, elegance, speed, or desire not to replace lots of expensive hardware, there are lots of good reasons for sticking with Mac OS 9.
  • The future of early G4 Power Macs in the Age of Leopard, Dan Knight, Mac Musings, 2007.10.04. Mac OS X 10.5 ships this month. Even if it can run on Yikes, Sawtooth, and Mystic Power Mac G4 models, can you expect it to run well?
  • PC war losers, Mac ‘just works’, $68 802.11n for older Macs, a free font manager, and more, Mac News Review, 2007.08.31. Also DVD region locking, the iMac’s glossy screen, Mac mini powerful enough, Chromac iMac housings, SanDisk’s 8 GB flash drive, and more.
  • OS X on a G3, FireWire Disk Mode missing in action, Panther on a Power Mac, and more, Charles W Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2007.07.16. Also glossy displays are sharper, where to get Netscape 7, two OS X replacements for MacDraw, and an iBook power problem solved.
  • Importance of G3 support in 10.5, clever USB/FireWire solution, upgrade options, and more, Dan Knight, Low End Mac Mailbag, 2007.05.01. Also the loss of the PowerBook brand, upgrading to an Intel iMac, Korg and the Mac, Quadra boot problems, and the value of a Mac Classic.
  • Format Any Drive for Older Macs with Patched Apple Tools, Tyler Sable, Classic Restorations, 2007.04.25. Apple HD SC Setup and Drive Setup only work with Apple branded hard drives – until you apply the patches linked to this article.
  • 2 GHz upgrade for G4 Power Macs, Apple named in Bluetooth suit, Boot Camp gains Vista support, and more, Mac News Review, 2007.03.30. Also Macs vs. Windows for gaming, Apple’s share of high-end market, upcoming Core 2 CPUs to pass 3 GHz, 802.11n for Intel Mac mini, and more.
  • Allegro USB 2.0 a great way to add several USB 2.0 ports to your Power Mac, Dan Knight, Low End Mac Reviews, 2007.03.28. You can never have too many USB ports. Whether your Power Mac has no USB 2.0 ports or too few, this $30 card is a great way to add the ports you need.
  • 11 ways to optimize your Mac’s performance, Ed Eubanks Jr, The Efficient Mac User, 2007.03.12. If your Mac is getting sluggish, here are 11 tips that can help restore its original performance.
  • $25 802.11g card for PCI Macs, drive support for 802.11n AirPort Extreme, Adtron ups flash disks, and more, Mac News Review, 2007.03.02. Also firmware update info for Intel Macs, washable medical mouse and keyboard, TechTool Protogo, and more.
  • Using FireWire Target Disk Mode to install OS X on Macs without DVD drives, Charles W Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2006.09.14. Two methods for using FireWire Target Disk mode to install OS X on a Mac that can’t read DVDs.
  • Customizing Mac OS 9, Nathan Thompson, Embracing Obsolescence, 2006.08.01. Fiddling with themes, picking a browser, and making the Classic Mac OS work just the way you want it to.
  • Installing OS X 10.4 ‘Tiger’ on DVD-challenged Macs using FireWire Target Disk Mode, Charles W Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2006.07.10. Mac OS X ships on a single install DVD, which Apple will exchange for CDs at $10. But if you have access to a DVD-equipped Mac and a FireWire cable, you’re good to go.
  • End of G4 models points to unprecedented value for used G4 Macs, Leaman Crews, Plays Well with Others, 2006.06.02. The PowerPC G4 may no longer have a place in Apple’s product line, but that’s a far cry from saying G4-based Macs are obsolete. If anything, their value is going to increase.
  • Making the move from Jaguar (OS X 10.2) to Panther (10.3), Ted Hodges, Vintage Mac Living, 2006.04.11. One advantage of Apple’s “no upgrades” policy for OS X – someone can give you their old copy after upgrading without worrying about violating their license.
  • Chronically ailing Yikes! G4 cured while overclocking, Hardy Menagh, Empowered, 2006.04.05. This PCI Power Mac G4 had been acting up for years and resisted all attempts to bring stability. But when the new owner attempted to overclock it, things became clear.
  • Many G3 Macs now considered vintage, Mac News Review, 2006.03.31.
  • What to buy when the old Beige G3 is just too sluggish, Ted Hodges, Vintage Mac Living, 2006.03.27. When your old Power Mac G3 just can’t keep up with your needs under OS X, it’s time to look at the used Power Mac G4 market. The difference in speed can be astounding.
  • Picking a Power Mac G4: How much Mac do you need?, Charles Webb, PowerBook Beat, 2006.03.22. Today’s laptop computers can be great primary computers, but sometimes you need things only a desktop model can offer. A used Power Mac G4 can be a good choice.
  • Web browser tips for the classic Mac OS, Nathan Thompson, Embracing Obsolescence, 2006.01.03. Tips on getting the most out of WaMCom, Mozilla, Internet Explorer, iCab, Opera, and WannaBe using the classic Mac OS.
  • The best browsers for PowerPC Macs and the classic Mac OS, Nathan Thompson, Embracing Obsolescence, 2005.12.16. Two browsers stand out from the pack: iCab 3 is modern and remains under development, and WaMCom brings Mozilla to older Macs.
  • How big a hard drive can I put in my iMac, eMac, or Power Mac?, Dan Knight, Mac Daniel, 2005.10.24. A lot of older Macs don’t know how to deal with drives over 128 GB in size. We look at three options.
  • Sonata SD, Sonnet Tech, 2004.06.01. First new PCI video card for the Mac in ages sells for just US$99, supports OS 7.5.3 and later plus OS X 10.1.5 and later, works with VGA or old Mac monitors, 16 MB VRAM.
  • Road Apple Yikes, Dan Knight, Low End Mac Mailbag, 2003.05.28. “We want people to understand what the Yikes! G4 is really worth and not get suckered into paying nearly as much for it as they would for an AGP machine.”
  • Yikes! This Power Mac G4 just isn’t worth the money, Dan Knight, Mac Daniel, 2003.03.05. If you’re looking for a budget Power Mac with G4 power, this isn’t the one you want at today’s prices.
  • Shot in the foot again: Firmware update disables RAM, Dan Knight, Mac Musings, 2001.03.25. “…we should not be at risk of losing some or all of the memory in our Macs because of a firmware update.”
  • Review: Sonnet Tempo Ultra ATA66 Macintosh PCI Host Adapter, Dan Knight, 2000.07.28. The most economical way to put IDE support in a PCI Power Mac.
  • Benchmark: Yikes vs. Sawtooth G4/400, Bare Feats, 1999.12.17. How much faster is the new motherboard?
  • G4 ROM upgrade, Apple Computer, 1999.10.18. Fixes problem with data/file corruption on Yikes! G4 systems (original G4/400).
  • Power Mac G4 (PCI Graphics): Upgrading Memory, Apple KBase 58425
  • Apple Spec: Power Mac G4 (PCI graphics)
  • Power Mac G4: How to Differentiate Between Models, Apple TIL 58418
Games for mac g4 laptop

Cautions

  • Power Macs earlier than the 2002 Quicksilver models do not have built-in support for IDE hard drives with capacities over 128 GB. Without a third-party solution, larger drives can only be formatted to 128 GB in these models. There are three options:
    • A PCI IDE card that supports big drives
    • A FireWire enclosure that supports big drives

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Power Mac G4
DeveloperApple Computer, Inc.
TypeMini Tower
Release dateAugust 31, 1999
DiscontinuedJune 20, 2004
CPUsingle or dual PowerPC G4,
350 MHz – 1.42 GHz (Up to 2 GHz processors through 3rd-party.)
PredecessorPower Macintosh G3
SuccessorPower Mac G5

The Power Mac G4 is a series of personal computers designed, manufactured, and sold by Apple Computer, Inc. from 1999 to 2004 as part of the Power Macintosh line. Built around the PowerPC G4 series of microprocessors, the Power Mac G4 was marketed by Apple as the first 'personal supercomputers',[1] reaching speeds of 4 to 20 gigaFLOPS. This was the first existing Macintosh product to be officially shortened as 'Mac', and is the last Mac able to boot into classic Mac OS.

The enclosure style introduced with the Power Macintosh G3 (Blue and White) was retained through its entire five year production run of the Power Mac G4, albeit with significant changes to match Apple's evolving industrial design and to accommodate increasing cooling needs. The G4 and the enclosure were retired with the introduction of the Power Mac G5.

PCI Graphics/AGP Graphics/Gigabit Ethernet[edit]

'Graphite' Power Mac G4
Rear view of a 'Graphite' Power Mac G4, showing the available ports.

The original Power Mac G4 was introduced at the Seybold conference in San Francisco on August 31, 1999.[2] There were two variants, officially titled Power Mac G4 (AGP Graphics) with 400 MHz, 450 MHz and 500 MHz configurations available, and Power Mac G4 (PCI Graphics), with 350 MHz and 400 MHz configurations. Colloquially, this generation of Power Mac is referred to as 'Graphite', owing to the colors of the case being similar to the iMac G3 Graphite.

Apple originally planned to ship the 500 MHz configuration in October 1999, but they were forced to postpone this because of poor yield of the CPUs. In response, Apple reduced the clock speed of the processor in each configuration by 50 MHz (making the options 350 MHz, 400 MHz and 450 MHz), which caused some controversy because they did not lower the original prices.[3]

Mac

The early 400 MHz (later 350 MHz) PCI-based version used a motherboard identical to the one used in Power Macintosh G3 (Blue and White) computers including the use of Zero Insertion Force (ZIF) processors sockets[4] (minus the ADB port), in a 'graphite' colored case and with the new MotorolaPowerPC 7400 (G4) CPU. The higher-speed models, code name 'Sawtooth', used a greatly modified motherboard design with AGP 2x graphics (replacing the 66 MHz PCI slot).

The PCI variant was discontinued at the end of 1999.[5]

The machines featured DVD-ROM drives as standard. The 400 MHz and 450 MHz versions had 100 MBZip drives as standard equipment, and as an option on the 350 MHz Sawtooth. This series had a 100 MHzsystem bus and four PC100SDRAM slots for up to 2 GB of RAM (1.5 GB under Mac OS 9). The AGP Power Macs were the first to include an AirPort slot and DVI video port. The computers could house a total of three hard drives, two 128 GB ATA hard drives and up to a single 20GB SCSI hard drive, with the installation of a SCSI card.

The 500 MHz version was reintroduced on February 16, 2000, accompanied by 400 MHz and 450 MHz models. DVD-RAM and Zip drives featured on these later 450 MHz and 500 MHz versions and were an option on the 400 MHz.

Games For Mac G4

The Power Mac G4 (Gigabit Ethernet) model was introduced at Macworld ExpoNew York on July 19, 2000; the new revision included dual-processor 450 MHz and 500 MHz versions, and a low-end single CPU 400 MHz model. It was also the first personal computer to include gigabit Ethernet as standard. Most people saw this revision as a stopgap release, because higher clocked G4s were not available; the G4’s Motorola XPC107 “Grackle” PCI/Memory controller prevented the G4 from hitting speeds higher than 500 MHz.[citation needed] The dual 500 MHz models featured DVD-RAM optical drive. Zip drives were optional on all models. These models also introduced Apple's proprietary Apple Display Connector video port.

ComponentPower Mac G4 (PCI Graphics)Power Mac G4 (AGP Graphics)Power Mac G4 (Gigabit Ethernet)
Codename'Yikes!''Sawtooth, P5, Project E''Mystic, Medusa2, SnakeBite'
Model identifierPowerMac1,2PowerMac3,1PowerMac3,3
Processor350 or 400 MHz PowerPC G4 (7400)350, 400, 450 or 500 MHz PowerPC G4 (7400)400, Dual 450 or Dual 500 MHz PowerPC G4 (7400)
CPU cache64 KB L1, 512 KB or 1 MB backside L2 Cache per CPU (1:2)
Front side bus100 MHz
Memory64, 128, 256, 512 MB, or 1GB PC100 SDRAM
Expandable to 1 GB
64, 128, 256, 512 MB, 1 or 2GB PC100 SDRAM
Expandable to 2 GB. Only 1.5 GB is seen in Mac OS 9
Graphics cardATI Rage 128 with 16 MB of VRAM
66 MHz PCI Slot
ATI Rage 128 or ATI Rage 128 Pro with 16 MB of VRAM
AGP 2x
ATI Rage 128 Pro with 16 MB VRAM or ATI Radeon with 32 MB of VRAM
AGP 2x w/ADC Monitor support
Hard drive10 GB ATA
Up to 128 GB
10, 20, or 27 GB 7200-rpm ATA
18 or 36 GB 10K-rpm SCSI
Up to 128 GB (10.4.11 and newer support hard drives larger than 128 GB with special software)
20 GB 5400-rpm, 30 or 40 GB 7200-rpm ATA
36 or 72 GB 10K-rpm SCSI
Up to 128 GB (10.4.11 and newer support Hard Drives larger than 128 GB with special software)
Ultra ATA/33Ultra ATA/66 (Optional Ultra2 LVD SCSI)
Optical drive32× CD-ROM or DVD-ROM32× CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, or DVD-RAMDVD-ROM or DVD-RAM
Connectivity10/100BASE-T Ethernet
56k modem
Optional AirPort 802.11b
10/100BASE-T Ethernet
56k modem
Optional AirPort 802.11b
Gigabit Ethernet
56k V.90 modem
Expansion1× Zip drive bay (optional Zip drive)
3x 64bit 33 MHz PCI slots
1× 66 MHz PCI slot (dedicated to video)
1× Zip drive bay (optional Zip drive)
3x 64-bit 33 MHz PCI slots
1× 2× AGP slot (dedicated to video)
Peripherals2× USB 1.1
2× FireWire 400
Built-in mono speaker
Audio input mini-jack
Audio output mini-jack
2× USB 1.1
2× FireWire 400
1× Internal FireWire 400
Built-in mono speaker
Audio input mini-jack
Audio output mini-jack
2× USB 1.1
2× FireWire 400
Built-in mono speaker
Audio input mini-jack
Audio output mini-jack
Maximum Operating SystemMac OS X 10.4.11 'Tiger' and Mac OS 9.2.2Mac OS X 10.4.11 'Tiger' and Mac OS 9.2.2
Unofficially can support 10.5 Leopard via 3rd party software
Weight13 kg (28.7 pounds)13.6 kg (30 pounds)13.6 kg (30 pounds)

Digital Audio/Quicksilver[edit]

Power Mac G4 (Quicksilver)

A new line with a revamped motherboard but the familiar 'Graphite' case debuted on January 9, 2001. Known officially as the Power Mac G4 (Digital Audio), it is in effect a Quicksilver design inside the Graphite enclosure. Motorola had added a seventh pipeline stage in the new PowerPC G4 design to achieve faster clock frequencies. New features included a fourth PCI slot, a 133 MHz system bus, an improved 4X AGP slot, and a new 'digital audio' Tripath Class T amplifier sound system. The models were offered in 466 MHz, 533 MHz, dual 533 MHz, 667 MHz and 733 MHz configurations, the latter two using a newer PowerPC 7450 processor. The number of RAM slots was reduced to three, accommodating up to 1.5 Gigabytes of PC133SDRAM.

The 733 MHz model was the first Macintosh to include a built-in DVD-R or Apple-branded SuperDrive, the rest of the line became the first Macs to ship with CD-RW drives. This was also the first series of Macs to include an Nvidia graphics card, the GeForce 2MX.

At Macworld ExpoNew York on July 18, 2001, a new line debuted featuring a cosmetically redesigned case known as Quicksilver, and various upgrades to the specifications. It was available in 733 MHz, 867 MHz and dual 800 MHz configurations. The 733 MHz model was notable for not having a level three cache. The SuperDrive was offered on the mid-range 867 MHz model, and UltraATA/100 hard drives were offered on all models. The internal speaker received an upgrade, using a Harman/Kardon speaker.

Quicksilver received criticism in MacWorld's review for removing the 'eject' button and the manual eject pinhole, as well as the pass-through monitor power plug, and for the base specification of 128 MB RAM as being insufficient for running Mac OS X.[6]

Games For Mac G4 Unlocked

Updated Quicksilver machines, officially named Power Mac G4 (QuickSilver 2002), were introduced on January 28, 2002 with 800 MHz, 933 MHz and dual 1 GHz configurations. This was the first Mac to reach 1 GHz. Again, the low end 800 MHz model did not include any level three cache. The graphics in this series were provided by an Nvidia GeForce4 MX400 card. Some of these models have ATA controllers with 48 bit LBA for hard drives larger than 128 GB.

Games For Mac G4
ComponentPower Mac G4 (Digital Audio)Power Mac G4 (Quicksilver)Power Mac G4 (Quicksilver 2002)Power Mac G4 (Quicksilver 2002ED)
Codename'Tangent, Clockwork''Titan, Nichrome'N/AN/A
Model identifierPowerMac3,4PowerMac3,5
Processor466, 533, Dual 533, 667, or 733 MHz PowerPC G4 (7400/7410/7450)733, 867, or Dual 800 MHz PowerPC G4 (7450)733 (education only), 800, 933 MHz, or Dual 1 GHz PowerPC G4 (7450/7455)867 MHz PowerPC G4 (7455)
CPU cache64 KB L1, 256 KB (1:1) or 1 MB (1:2) L2, 1 MB L3 (733 MHz)64 KB L1, 256 KB (1:1) L2, 2 MB L3 (867/Dual 800 MHz)64 KB L1, 256 KB (1:1) L2, 2 MB DDR L3 (933/Dual 1 GHz)64 KB L1, 256 KB (1:1) L2
Front side bus133 MHz
Memory128, 256, or 512 MB PC133 SDRAM
Expandable to 1.5 GB
GraphicsATI Rage 128 Pro with 16 MB VRAM, ATI Radeon or Nvidia GeForce2 MX with 32 MB VRAM, GeForce3 with 64 MB VRAMNvidia GeForce2 MX with 32 MB VRAM, Geforce2 MX with TwinView or Geforce3 with 64 MB VRAMATI Radeon 7500 with 32 MB VRAM, Nvidia GeForce4 MX with 64 MB VRAM or GeForce4 Ti with 128 MB VRAMNvidia GeForce4 MX with 32 MB VRAM
Hard drive30 GB 5400-rpm, 40 or 60 GB 7200-rpm ATA
36 or 72 GB SCSI
Up to 128 GB
40 GB 5400-rpm, 60 or 80 GB 7200-rpm ATA
36 or 72 GB SCSI
Up to 128 GB
40, 60, or 80 GB 7200-rpm ATA
36 or 72 GB SCSI
Supports Hard Drives larger than 128 GB
40 GB 7200-rpm
Supports Hard Drives larger than 128 GB
Ultra ATA/66 (Optional Ultra SCSI or Ultra 160 SCSI)
Optical driveCD-RW or DVD-ROM or DVD-R/CD-RW SuperDrive (on 733 MHz model only)CD-RW
or CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo Drive
or DVD-R/CD-RW SuperDrive (867 and dual-800 models only)
CD-RW
ConnectivityOptional AirPort 802.11b
GigabitEthernet
56k V.90 modem
Expansion1x Zip Drive bay (Optional 250 MB Zip Drive)
4x 64-bit 33 MHz PCI slots
1x 4x AGP slot (dedicated to video)
Peripherals2x USB 1.1
2x Firewire 400
Built-in mono speaker
Audio output mini-jack
Apple Pro Speakers mini-jack
Maximum Operating SystemMac OS X 10.4.11 'Tiger' and Mac OS 9.2.2Mac OS X 10.4.11 “Tiger” and Mac OS 9.2.2 (733 and Dual 800 MHz)Mac OS X 10.4.11 “Tiger” and Mac OS 9.2.2 (733 and 800 MHz)Mac OS X 10.5.8 'Leopard'
Mac OS X 10.5.8 “Leopard” (867 MHz)Mac OS X 10.5.8 “Leopard” (933 MHz and Dual 1 GHz)
Weight13.6 kg (30 Pounds)

Mirrored Drive Doors/FW800[edit]

Power Mac G4 (Mirrored Drive Doors)
Power Mac G4 MDD with open case

Another generation of Apple Power Mac G4s, officially named 'Mirrored Drive Doors' (MDD), was introduced on August 13, 2002, featuring both a new Xserve-derived DDR motherboard architecture and a new case design. All models were available in dual processor configurations running at 867 MHz, 1 GHz or 1.25 GHz. As with the Xserves, the PowerPC 7455 CPU used does not have a DDR frontside bus, meaning the CPU could only use at most 50% of the new system's theoretical memory bandwidth, providing no improvement over previous models. The rest was available to the graphics card and I/O systems. A single processor 1.25 GHz model would be the last Power Mac G4 the company offered to the public after the announcement of the new Power Mac G5, introduced in June 2003.

The last real update to the Power Mac G4 line was on January 28, 2003 offering dual 1.42 GHz PowerPC 7455 processors, with features not seen in previous DDR models: built-in FireWire 800 connector, optional integrated Bluetooth, and optional integrated AirPort Extreme. These were also the first Power Macs that could not boot into Mac OS 9.

With the launch of the Power Mac G5 on June 23, 2003, Apple re-introduced the August 2002 Power Mac G4 because of perceived demand for Mac OS 9 machines. Between that, its low price-tag, and the delayed availability of Power Mac G5s, it proved a strong seller for a relatively short time. Production stopped on June 27, 2004 and the remaining inventory was liquidated, ending the 20-year legacy of Classic Mac OS support with its discontinuation.

Games For Mac G4 Laptop


ComponentPower Mac G4 (Mirrored Drive Doors)Power Mac G4 (Mirrored Drive Doors FW800)Power Mac G4 (Mirrored Drive Doors 2003)
Codename'P57''P58'”P59”
Model identifierPowerMac3,6
Model Number (Order Number)M8570 (M8787LL/A, M8689LL/A, M8573LL/A)M8570 (M8839LL/A, M8840LL/A, M8841LL/A)M8570 (M9145LL/A), M9309

(M9145LL/A) is a re-released version of (M8573LL/A)

ProcessorDual 867 MHz, Dual 1 GHz, or Dual 1.25 GHz PowerPC G4 (7455)1 GHz, Dual 1.25 GHz or Dual 1.42 GHz PowerPC G4 (7455)1.25 GHz or Dual 1.25 GHz PowerPC G4 (7455)
CPU cache64 KB L1, 256 KB L2, 1 MB or 2 MB DDR L3
Front side bus133 MHz (867 MHz DP)133 MHz (1 GHz)167 MHz
167 MHz (1 GHz DP+)167 MHz (1.25 GHz DP+)
Memory256, 512 MB PC-2100 (Dual 867 MHz), or PC-2700 (Dual 1+ GHz) DDR SDRAM
Expandable to 2 GB (4 x 512 MB PC-3200 DDR SDRAM)
256, 512 MB PC-2100 (1 GHz), or PC-2700 (Dual 1.25+ GHz) DDR SDRAM
Expandable to 2 GB (4 x 512 MB PC-3200 DDR SDRAM)
256, 512 MB PC-2700 DDR SDRAM
Expandable to 2 GB (4 x 512 MB PC-3200 DDR SDRAM)
Graphics CardNvidia GeForce4 MX with 32 MB VRAM, ATI Radeon 9000 Pro with 64 MB VRAM, or GeForce4 Ti with 128 MB VRAM
Upgradeable to Nvidia GeForce 7800 GS with 256 MB VRAM (last GPU supported)
Nvidia GeForce4 MX or ATI Radeon 9000 Pro with 64 MB VRAM, GeForce4 Ti or Radeon 9700 Pro with 128 MB VRAM
Upgradeable to Nvidia GeForce 7800 GS with 256 MB VRAM (last GPU supported)
ATI Radeon 9000 Pro with 64 MB VRAM or Nvidia GeForce4 Ti 128 MB
Upgradeable to Nvidia GeForce 7800 GS with 256 MB VRAM (last GPU supported)
Hard drive60, 80, or 120 GB 7200-rpm ATA
36 or 72 GB Ultra 160 SCSI
Supports Hard Drives larger than 128 GB
60, 80, or 120 GB 7200-rpm ATA
Supports Hard Drives larger than 128 GB
80 or 160 GB 7200-rpm ATA
Supports Hard Drives larger than 128 GB
Ultra ATA/133 (2) and Ultra ATA/66 (2) (Optional Ultra SCSI or Ultra 160 SCSI)Ultra ATA/133 (2) and Ultra ATA/66 (2) (Optional Ultra SCSI)Ultra ATA/133 (2) and Ultra ATA/66 (2)
Optical driveCD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo Drive
or DVD-R/CD-RW SuperDrive
(Optional additional Combo Drive)
ConnectivityOptional AirPort 802.11b
GigabitEthernet
56k V.92 modem
Optional AirPort Extreme 802.11b/g
Gigabit Ethernet
56k V.92 modem
Optional Bluetooth 1.1
Optional Airport 802.11b
Gigabit Ethernet
56k V.92 modem
Peripherals2x USB 1.1
2x Firewire 400
Built-in mono speaker
Audio input mini-jack
Audio output mini-jack
Apple Pro Speakers mini-jack
2x USB 1.1
2x Firewire 400
1x Firewire 800
Built-in mono speaker
Audio input mini-jack
Audio output mini-jack
Apple Pro Speakers mini-jack
2x USB 1.1
2x Firewire 400
Built-in mono speaker
Audio input mini-jack
Audio output mini-jack
Apple Pro Speakers mini-jack
Expansion4x 64-bit 66 MHz PCI slots (5V only)
1x 4x 133 mHz AGP slot (dedicated to video)
Maximum Operating SystemMac OS X 10.5.8 'Leopard'
Mac OS 9.2.2 supported natively and Mac OS 9.1 or higher in the Classic EnvironmentMac OS 9.1 or higher supported solely in the Classic EnvironmentMac OS 9.2.2 supported natively and Mac OS 9.1 or higher in the Classic Environment(final model to support Classic Mac OS natively)
Weight19.1 kg (42 lbs)

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See also[edit]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^'Apple Unveils 'Personal Supercomputer''. SFGate.
  2. ^'Apple steps up to G4 Macs'. ZDNet.
  3. ^'The 400 MHz PowerMac Reviewed'. The Mac Observer. February 21, 2000. Retrieved October 19, 2008.
  4. ^'The Apple Power Macintosh G4 400MHz PCI'. Forevermac.com. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  5. ^'Power Mac G4 (PCI Graphics) - Technical Specifications'.
  6. ^'Hands on with the Power Mac G4/867'. MacWorld. August 25, 2001.
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