Power Mac G4 Early 2003

The Apple Power Mac G4 Early 2003 (Mirrored Drive Doors) is a personal computer that was designed, manufactured, and sold by Apple in 2003 as part of the Power Mac G4 series of Power Macintosh computers. The computer has been introduced on January 28, 2003, and its price started at $1499.

The new Power Mac G4 features a 1 GHz / Dual 1.25 GHz or Dual 1.42 GHz PowerPC 7455 G4 processor, 256 or 512 MB of RAM, 60/80 or 120 GB hard drive, 12x DVD-ROM/CD-RW “Combo” drive, or 4x DVD-R/CD-RW „SuperDrive” and 64 MB NVIDIA GeForce4 MX graphics in the base model.

This Power Mac has been discontinued on June 23, 2003, and has been replaced by Power Mac G4 Mid 2003.

Today Power Mac G4 Early 2003 is 20 years old!

Power Mac G4 QuickSilver Mirrored Drive Doors
Source: techable.com – Power Mac G4 QuickSilver Mirrored Drive Doors

Power Mac G4 Early 2003 Release Date and Original Price

IntroducedJanuary 28, 2003
DiscontinuedJune 23, 2003
Model IdentifierPowerMac3,6
Model NumberM8570
Order NumberM8839LL/A (1 GHz)
M8840LL/A (dual 1.25 GHz)
M8841LL/A (dual 1.42 GHz)
Original Price$1,499
Weight42 Ibs.
19.050 KG
Dimensions17” H x 8.9” W x 18.4” D
43.18 cm H x 22.6 cm W x 46.73 cm D

Tech Specs


ProcessorPowerPC 7455 G4
Processor Speed1 GHz
Dual 1.25 GHz
Dual 1.42 GHz
Number of Cores1 or 2
System Bus133 MHz (1 GHz)
167 MHz (Dual 1.25 GHz 1.42 GHz)
Cache64 KB L1
256 KB L2
2 MB L3

Storage & Media

Storage60 GB 7200 rpm
80 GB 7200 rpm
120 GB 7200 rpm
Media1 – 12x DVD-ROM/CD-RW “Combo” drive or 4x DVD-R/CD-RW “SuperDrive”


Built-in Memory256 MB
Maximum Memory2 GB
Memory Slots4 – PC-2100 184-pin DDR SDRAM (1 GHz)
4 – PC2700 184-pin DDR SDRAM (Dual 1.25 GHz and 1.42 GHz)
Interleaving SupportNo


Built-in DisplayNone


Graphics CardNVIDIA GeForce4 MX
NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti
ATI Radeon 9000 Pro
ATI Radeon 9700 Pro
Graphics Memory32 MB (GeForce4 MX)
64 MB (Radeon 9000 Pro)
128 MB (GeForce4 Ti or Radeon 9700 Pro)
Display Connection1 – ADC
1 – DVI
Display ModesDual display extended and video mirroring


Expansion Slots4 – 33 MHz 64-bit PCI
1 – 4x AGP
Bays4 – Internal 3.5″ ATA drive bays
2 – Optical drive bay
Hard Drive Interface1 – Ultra ATA/66 (ATA-5)
1 – ATA/100 (ATA-6)
Optical Drive InterfaceEIDE (ATA-3)


Ethernet10/100/1000BASE-T (RJ-45)
Wi-FiAirPort Extreme Card 802.11b/g (Optional)
BluetoothBluetooth 1.1 (Optional)
USB2 – 12 Mbps
FireWire2 – 400 Mbps
1 – 800 Mbps
Audio In1 – 3.5-mm analog input jack
Audio Out1 – 2.5-mm Apple Pro Speaker minijack
2 – 3.5-mm analog output jack
1 – Built-in speaker
Display1 – DVI
1 – ADC


Original OSMac OS X 10.2.3
Later OSMac OS X 10.2.4
Mac OS X 10.2.6
Maximum OSMac OS X 10.5.8
FirmwareMac OS ROM
Bundled SoftwareMac OS X 10.2
iLife (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, and iDVD)
DVD Player
Mac OS X Mail
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Acrobat Reader
Art Directors Toolkit
FileMaker Pro Trial
Microsoft Office
QuickBooks for Mac New User Edition
Developer Tools

Keyboard and Mouse

PeripheralsApple Pro Keyboard
Apple Pro Mouse


Backup Battery3.6 V 850 mAh Lithium (922-4028)
Maximum Continuous Power360 W
Line Voltage100 – 125 V AC or 200 – 240 V AC

Apple Support – Power Mac G4 (FW800): Technical Specifications

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