Power Macintosh 5500

The Power Macintosh 5500 is a personal computer that was designed, manufactured, and sold by Apple from 1997 to 1998 as part of the Power Macintosh series of Macintosh computers. The computer has been introduced on February 17, 1997, and its price started at $2000.

The new Power Macintosh 5500 features a 225 MHz / 250 MHz or 275 MHz PowerPC 603e processor, 15″ Color CRT display, 32 MB of RAM, 1 GB or 4 GB hard drive, 12x CD-ROM or 24x CD-ROM drive, 1.44 MB floppy drive, and 2 MB ATI Rage IIc graphics.

This Macintosh has been discontinued on August 31, 1998.

Today Power Macintosh 5500 is 25 years old!

Power Macintosh 5500
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Power Macintosh 5500 Release Date and Original Price

IntroducedFebruary 17, 1997 (225 MHz & 250 MHz)
March 1, 1997 (275 MHz)
DiscontinuedMarch 31, 1998 (225 MHz & 250 MHz)
August 31, 1998 (275 MHz)
Model Identifier512
Model NumberUnknown
Order NumberM6149LL/A
M5761LL/A
M6148LL/B
Original Price$2,000
$2,200
ColorsPlatinum
Black
Weight47 Ibs.
21.318 KG
Dimensions17.5” H x 15.1” W x 16” D
44.45 cm H x 38.35 cm W x 40.64 cm D

Tech Specs

Processor

ProcessorPowerPC 603e
Processor Speed225 MHz
250 MHz
275 MHz
Architecture32-bit
Number of Cores1
System Bus50 MHz
Cache32 KB L1
256 KB or 512 KB L2
CoprocessorBuilt-in FPU

Storage & Media

Storage2 GB
4 GB
Media1 – 1.44 MB Floppy
1 – 12x CD-ROM or 24x CD-ROM

Memory

Built-in Memory32 MB
Maximum Memory128 MB
Memory Slots2 – 168 pin EDO DIMM
Minimum Speed60 ns
ROMUnknown
Interleaving SupportNo

Display

Built-in Display15″ Multiscan RGB CRT Display
Resolution512×384 at 24-bit
640×480 at 24-bit
800×600 at 24-bit
832×624 at 24-bit
1024×768 at 16-bit
1152×870 at 16-bit
1280×1024 at 8-bit

Graphics

Graphics CardATI Rage IIc
Graphics Memory2 MB SGRAM
Display Connection1 – DB-15

Expansion

Expansion Slots1 – PCI
1 – Comm. II Slot
1 – Video In
1 – TV Tuner
Hard Drive InterfaceIDE

Connections

Ethernet10BASE-T
ModemNone
ADB1
Serial2
SCSI1 – DB-25
Floppy PortNone
Audio In1 – 3.5-mm analog input jack
1 – Built-in microphone
Audio Out2 – 3.5-mm analog output jack
2 – Built-in speaker
Display1 – DB-15

Software

Original OSSystem Software 7.5.5
Maximum OSMac OS 9.1
FirmwareMacintosh ROM

Power

Backup Battery4.5 V Alkaline
Maximum Continuous Power220 W
Line Voltage100-240 V

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References:
Apple Support – Power Macintosh 5500/225: Technical Specifications
Apple Support – Power Macintosh 5500/250: Technical Specifications