Power Macintosh G3 (Blue & White)


CPU: PowerPC 750

CPU Speed: 300/350/400/450 MHz

FPU: integrated

Bus Speed: 100 MHz

Data Path: 64 bit

ROM: 1 MB ROM + 3 MB toolbox ROM loaded into RAM

RAM Type: PC100 DIMM

Minimum RAM Speed: 100 MHz

Onboard RAM: 0 MB

RAM slots: 4

Maximum RAM: 1 GB

Level 1 Cache: 32 kB data, 32 kB instruction

Level 2 Cache: 1 MB backside, 1:2

Expansion Slots: 3 64-bit 33 MHz PCI, 1 32-bit 66 MHz PCI (filled)


Video Card/Chipset: ATI RAGE 128


Max Resolution: all resolutions supported

Video Out: VGA


Hard Drive: 6-12 GB (up to 3 36 GB available BTO)

ATA Bus: Ultra ATA

Zip Drive: optional

Optical Drive: 32x CD-ROM, DVD/DVD-RAM available


USB: 2

Firewire: 2

Audio Out: stereo 16 bit mini

Audio In: stereo 16 bit mini

Speaker: mono


Modem: optional 56 kbps

Ethernet: 10/100Base-T


Codename: Yosemite

Gestalt ID: 406

Power: 200 Watts

Dimensions: 17" H x 8.9" W x 18.4" D

Weight: 28.7 lbs.

Maximum OS: 10.4.11

Minimum OS: 8.5.1

Introduced: January 1999

Terminated: September 1999

Although it shares the name of its predecessor, the "Blue" PowerMac G3 is an altogether different animal. Sporting an all new translucent "easy-open" case design (code named "El-Capitan"), the new G3 was the first Apple model to support FireWire, Apple's new high-speed serial standard. It was also the first professional model to include USB, although it also came with a "legacy" ADB port for backwards compatibility. In a controversial move, Apple chose not to include standard serial ports, a floppy drive, or on-board SCSI (Apple instead chose Ultra ATA). An internal Zip was available, however, as were SCSI expansion cards. The G3 was available in a number of configurations, starting at $1599, and rounding out near $5000 for the fully loaded server configuration. In late April, the "Blue" line was speed-bumped by 50 MHz, bringing the high-end model to 450 MHz.