Power Mac G4 QuickSilver

The Apple Power Mac G4 QuickSilver is a personal computer that was designed, manufactured, and sold by Apple from 2001 to 2002 as part of the Power Mac G4 series of Power Macintosh computers. The computer has been introduced on July 18, 2001, and its price started at $1699.

The new Power Mac features a 733 MHz / 867 MHz or Dual 800 MHz PowerPC 7450 G4 processor, 128 MB or 256 MB of RAM, 40 GB / 60 GB or 80 GB hard drive, 12x CD-RW drive or 24x DVD-R/CD-RW „SuperDrive” and 32 MB NVIDIA GeForce2 MX graphics in the base model.

This Power Mac has been discontinued on January 28, 2002, and has been replaced by Power Mac G4 QuickSilver Early 2002.

Today Power Mac G4 QuickSilver is 22 years old!

Power Mac G4 QuickSilver
Source: techable.com – Power Mac G4 QuickSilver

Power Mac G4 QuickSilver Release Date and Original Price

IntroducedJuly 18, 2001
DiscontinuedJanuary 28, 2002
Model IdentifierPowerMac3,5
Model NumberM8493
Order NumberM8359LL/A (733 MHz)
M8360LL/A (867 MHz)
M8361LL/A (dual 800 MHz)
Original Price$1,699
Weight30 Ibs.
13.607 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 7450 G4
Processor Speed733 MHz
867 MHz
Dual 800 MHz
Number of Cores1 or 2
System Bus133 MHz
Cache64 KB L1
256 KB backside L2
2 MB L3 (867 and Dual 800 MHz)

Storage & Media

Storage40 GB 5400 rpm
60 GB 7200 rpm
80 GB 7200 rpm
Media1 – 32x CD-RW or 24x DVD-R/CD-RW SuperDrive


Built-in Memory128 MB
256 MB
Maximum Memory1.5 GB
Memory Slots3 – PC-133 3.3v 168-pin SDRAM
Minimum Speed10 ns
Interleaving SupportNo


Built-in DisplayNone


Graphics CardNVIDIA GeForce2 MX
NVIDIA GeForce2 MX with TwinView
Graphics Memory32 MB (GeForce2 MX)
64 MB (GeForce2 MX w/ TwinView and GeForce3)
Display Connection1 – VGA
1 – ADC
Display ModesDual display extended and video mirroring


Expansion Slots4 – 33 MHz 64-bit PCI
1 – 4x AGP
Bays4 – Internal 3.5″ ATA drive bays
1 – Optical drive bay
1 – Zip 250 bay
Hard Drive InterfaceUltra ATA/66 (ATA-5)
Optical Drive InterfaceEIDE (ATA-3)


Ethernet10/100/1000BASE-T (RJ-45)
Modem56k (Optional)
Wi-FiAirPort Card 802.11b (Optional)
USB2 – 12 Mbps
FireWire2 – 400 Mbps (15W total power)
Audio In1 – 3.5-mm analog input jack
Audio Out1 – 2.5-mm Apple Pro Speaker minijack
1 – 3.5-mm analog output jack
1 – Built-in speaker
Display1 – VGA
1 – ADC


Original OSMac OS 9.2
Mac OS X 10.0.4
Later OSMac OS 9.2.1
Mac OS X 10.1
Maximum OSMac OS X 10.4.11 (733 MHz and Dual 800 MHz)
Mac OS X 10.5.8 (867 MHz)
FirmwareMac OS ROM 8.3.1
Bundled SoftwareMac OS 9.2 or Mac OS X
iMovie 2
iDVD (requires SuperDrive)
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Microsoft Outlook Express
Netscape Communicator
Palm Desktop
Apple Hardware Test CD

Keyboard and Mouse

PeripheralsApple Pro Keyboard
Apple Pro Mouse


Backup Battery3.6 V 850 mAh Lithium (922-4028)
Maximum Continuous Power360 W
Line Voltage115 V AC (90-132 V AC) or 230 V AC (180-264 V AC)

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

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