Power Macintosh G4 700 “Quicksilver”

Apple Power Macintosh G4 "Quicksilver"

The Power Macintosh G4 700 “Quicksilver” tower is the last desktop Mac that I bought. This one was acquired brand new with an inkjet printer back in August 2001 for $1699. Today the computer is worth about $250 with its monitor, keyboard and internal components. I still do some work on this computer, usually when I want to go into the Mac OS9 environment through the Mac OSX emulator. It boots into Mac OS 9.2.1, Mac OSX 10.3.9 and Mac OSX 10.4.11.

Here are more details on this Mac as originally published on Mel’s Macintosh Universe at headgap.com:

Power Macintosh G4

I bought a Power Macintosh G4 733 Quicksilver in October 2001. After Apple killed off Power Computing in 1997, I had vowed not to buy a new Apple ever.

Mac OS 9.2.1 Update CD

Times have changed, and I decided to buy this Mac in order to get the best of both worlds. This means owning a Mac that can dual boot into OSX as well as OS 9. This Power Mac definitely fit my requirements.

Apple has long ago replaced this Mac with generations of more powerful G4 models that were also succeeded by the Power Mac G5 and now the newer Intel based Macintoshes. While the race for bigger, faster and better continues, my Quicksilver is fast enough to adequately do all the work I throw at it on a daily basis.

The Power Macintosh G4 733 Quicksilver is a G4 based desktop mini tower computer. The first G4s were introduced in 1999. The Quicksilver models were the 3rd generation in a long line of G4 towers.

This G4 is compatible with most of the software that I ran on my Powercenter 150. Thankfully this is a Mac, and a lot of my older files can be opened and updated with my G4. Some old programs can run in OS 9.2, which came with the G4.

Mac OSX, Version 10.3.9 (Panther) is my current, primary OS that I work with on the G4. It is used about 95% of the time the G4 is running. The G4 wakes up to OSX and sleeps with OSX running.

OSX is great for all of the basic computing tasks, such as keeping track of my simple database files in AppleWorks, text editing with a myriad of tools that includes AppleWorks, BBEdit Lite (yes, I have one of the last versions of this that can run on OSX), TextEdit Plus, and more. All of my internet tasks are done using OS X. This includes everyting from website creation and maintenance to web browsing, email and running multimedia programs. OSX and its suite of iApps are great for creating Photo Slideshows (iPhoto, iMovie) and digital music jukeboxes (iTunes).

About the only area which I have not fully adapted to OSX is desktop publishing. I am a die hard Adobe Pagemaker 6.5 user and the only thing this program can run on is OS 9.2 or earlier. Because several of my clients still use older Macs and the same or older versions of Pagemaker, and the fact we often exchange files, the necessity of using OS 9x with Pagemaker makes this G4 an essential part to my computing needs.

The Power Mac G4 had to be upgraded a few times since it came to my home office in 2001. First I bought a 2nd IBM Deskbar 40 gig hard drive to run OSX with. The original hard drive that shipped with the G4 was erased shortly after and used for Mac OS 9.2 and related files. In March of 2002, that drive died and was replaced with a Western Digital 40GB drive. OS 9.2.2. was loaded with files and applications restored from CD back-ups that I maintain.

The current state (as of June 2006) of my Power Mac G4 733 is as follows:

MEL’S POWER MACINTOSH G4 733 “Quicksilver”


Apple Power Macintosh G4 733 computer
Power PC G4 chip @ 733 mhz
Apple 15″ Color Display (flat screen monitor)
NVDA GeForce2MX Video Card
1.12 GB Ram (expandable to 1.5 GB)
Internal ATA Hard Drive #1: Western Digital 41 GB
Internal ATA Hard Drive #2: IBM 41 GB
Mac OSX Leopard Internal ATA CD RW Drive: Lite-On 12102C
Built in ethernet 10 mps
Power Mac G4 Internal 56K Modem v.90
Apple Extended USB Keyboard
Apple Optical USB Mouse
2 USB 1 Ports
2 USB 2 Ports (PCI add on card)
1 Firewire Port
4 PCI Slots
External Firewire LaCie 120GB Hard Drive
External Firewire LaCie 160GB Hard Drive (for photo storage)
Exernal Firewire LaCie 200GB hard Drive (for music/sound file storage)
Adaptec 2906 SCSI Card
Iomega 250MB Zip Drive (SCSI)


Apple iPod Shuffle USB Dock
MacMice USB Microphone
SmartDisk 1.4MB Floppy Drive
Griffin iMic Analog to Digital Audio input/output device
Sandisk 4 in one Memory Card Reader
Lexmark Z53 Color Inkjet Printer
Power Sentry USB Hub


Apple Macintosh System 9.2.2 (HD #1)
Apple Macintosh System OSX v.10.4.11 (HD #1)
Apple Macintosh System OSX v.10.3.9 (HD #2)
Safari 1.4 Web Browser
Firefox 1.5.4 Web Browser
Apple Terminal
Eudora 5.1 for OS9
iTunes 4.9
iLife Suite
AppleWorks 6.2
Adobe Pagemaker 6.5.2 (OS 9)
Adobe Photoshop LE 5.0 (OS 9)
Quicktime 6.3
Amadeus Sound Creation Software
Optima Pagespinner 4.5
Optima Pagespinner 4.0 (OS 9)
BBEdit Lite 6.1
Final Vinyl 1.0 for Griffin iMic
Mini vMac Macintosh Plus emulator (Running System 6)
and more

MORE SPECS From EveryMac.com

EveryMac.com specs on this Mac are provided below courtesy of the site’s Embed Specs feature. Please note that EveryMac.comis not affiliated with this website.

Introduction Date: July 18, 2001 Discontinued Date: January 28, 2002
Details: The “Introduction Date” refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The “Discontinued Date” refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.Also see: All Macs introduced in
Processor Speed: 733 MHz Processor Type: PowerPC 7450 (G4)
Details: The PowerPC G4 includes the AltiVec “Velocity Engine” vector processor.
Processors: 1 Geekbench: 372
Details: *This number is an average of Geekbench 2 results as submitted to the Geekbench

for the stock configuration. Individual user-submitted benchmarks can vary widely, but an average nevertheless can be useful to get a general idea of the relative performance of different Macs. You also might be interested in
combing through
all Geekbench user-submissions for Macs with the PowerMac3,5 Model Identifier, which may include

multiple models
To dynamically compare Geekbench results from different Macs side-by-side, please see EveryMac.com’s

Ultimate Mac Comparison
Processor Upgrade: AGP G4 Daughtercard FPU: Integrated
Details: The Power Macintosh G4 (Quicksilver) models have the processor mounted on a custom 300-pin daughtercard.
System Bus Speed: 133 MHz Cache Bus Speed: 733 MHz (Built-in)
Details: This system has a 256k “on chip” level 2 cache running at processor speed. Unlike the other Power Macintosh G4 “Quicksilver” models, this model does not have a level 3 cache.
ROM/Firmware Type: Open Firmware ‘ROM/Firmware Size’: 1 MB
Details: Boot ROM and around 1 MB, other instructions are loaded into RAM (NewWorld).
L1 Cache: 64k L2/L3 Cache: 256k (on chip)
Details: This system has a 256k “on chip” level 2 cache running at processor speed. Unlike the other Power Macintosh G4 “Quicksilver” models, this model does not have a level 3 cache.
RAM Type: PC133 SDRAM Min. RAM Speed: 133 MHz
Details: Supports 133 MHz PC133 SDRAM (3.3v, noninterleaved, 64-bit-wide, 168-pin). Apple also noted that this model has “full 128-bit internal memory data paths”.
Standard RAM: 128 MB Maximum RAM: 1.5 GB
Details: Site sponsor Other World Computingsells Power Macintosh G4 processors and memory, as well as hard drives, accessories, and other upgrades.Also see:

Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs
Motherboard RAM: None RAM Slots: 3
Details: N/A
Video Card: GeForce2 MX* VRAM Type: SDRAM*
Details: *By default, this model has a NVIDIA GeForce2 MX graphics card with 32 MB of SDRAM. It also could be configured at the time of purchase with a NVIDIA GeForce3 graphics card with 64 MB of DDR RAM. The video card occupies a 4X AGP slot.
Standard VRAM: 32 MB Maximum VRAM: 32 MB*
Details: 32 MB SDRAM provided by default NVIDIA GeForce2 MX graphics card. It also could be configured at the time of purchase with a NVIDIA GeForce3 graphics card with 64 MB of DDR RAM.
Display Support: Single Display Resolution Support: 1920×1200
Details: Apple advertised that this system can support “up to 1920 by 1200 pixel resolution at 32 bits per pixel (millions of colors)”.
2nd Display Support: None 2nd Max. Resolution: N/A
Details: N/A
Standard Hard Drive: 40 GB (5400 RPM) Int. HD Interface: Ultra ATA/66 (ATA-5)
Details: Can officially support two Ultra ATA/66 hard drives on the original bus (more drives can be supported with a third-party controller PCI card). Officially, drives larger than 128 GB are not supported. However, third-parties have discovered that this system will natively support hard drives larger than 128 GB, when running MacOS X 10.2 or higher.Ultra ATA/100 hard drives are backwards compatible with the Ultra ATA/66 standard.It also could be configured with up to three 10,000 RPM Ultra160 SCSI drives at the time of purchase, or one Ultra ATA/66 and two Ultra160 SCSI drives, as build-to-order options.
Standard Optical: 12X CD-RW Standard Disk: None*
Details: Apple reported that the 12X CD-RW drive “writes CD-R at 12X, writes CD-RW at 10X, and reads CD at 32X”. It uses a EIDE (ATA-3) bus.*An internal Zip 250 drive was available build-to-order.
Standard Modem: 56k v.90 Standard Ethernet: 10/100/1000Base-T
Details: Internal modem and 10/100/1000Base-T (Gigabit) Ethernet standard.
Standard AirPort: 802.11b (Optional) Standard Bluetooth: None
Details: AirPort (802.11b) was available as a build-to-order addition.
USB Ports: 2 (1.1) Firewire Ports: 2 (400)
Details: USB 1.1 ports are dual channel.Also see: Complete Ports.
Expansion Slots: 4 PCI*, AP Expansion Bays: 5 3.5″
Details: *In the default configuration, this model has four open 33 MHz 64-bit PCI slots, and a 4X AGP slot occupied by the graphics card. It also has an open AirPort (802.11b) expansion slot.It has five 3.5″ drive bays (four are internal and intended for hard drives, and one is external and intended for a Zip 250 drive). With a single hard drive and no Zip drive installed, three internal 3.5″ bays and the external 3.5″ bay are free. The system also has an external 5.25″ drive bay occupied by the optical drive.
Incl. Keyboard: Apple Pro Keyboard Incl. Input: Apple Pro Mouse
Details: N/A
Case Type: Tower Form Factor: Power Mac G4 (Quicksilver)
Apple Order No: M8359LL/A Apple Subfamily: Quicksilver
Details: The Apple order number should be unique to this system.
Apple Model No: M8493 Model ID: PowerMac3,5
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.Also see: All Macs with the
M8493 Model Number, the
1896 EMC Number, and the
PowerMac3,5 Model Identifier.

For more about these identifiers and how to locate them on each Mac, please refer to EveryMac.com’s Mac Identification section.

Pre-Installed MacOS: 9.2, X 10.0.4 Maximum MacOS: X 10.4.11
Details: This system cannot run versions of MacOS X more recent than 10.4.11.
MacOS 9 Support: Boot/Classic Mode Windows Support: Emulation Only
Details: This Power Macintosh G4 model is capable of booting MacOS 9 and using MacOS 9 applications within the MacOS X “Classic” environment.Site sponsor OHS specializes in heavily upgraded Macs capable of running both MacOS X and MacOS 9 applications.
Dimensions: 17.0 x 8.9 x 18.4 Avg. Weight: 31.0 lbs. (14.1 kg)
Details: In inches – height by width by depth, (43.2 cm, 22.6 cm, 46.7 cm).


Power Mac G4 Power Computing
Mac OSX 10.4.11 desktop with PowerComputing wallpaper.

Power Mac G4 Quicksilver
Rear deck of the Power Mac G4 tower.

Power Mac G4 Quicksilver
The Power Mac G4 “Quicksilver” case is one of the most beautiful produced by Apple.

Power Mac G4 Quicksilver
Video input card, USB 2 adapter, SCSI adapter in rear of G4 tower.

Apple Works 6.0
AppleWorks 6.2 CD that I installed on the G4. Can run in OS 9 and OSX. (Power PC only)

CD RW Drive
Inside the Power Macintosh G4 – CD RW drive.

Power Mac G4 Motherboard
Inside the Power Mac G4 – motherboard, PCI slots, RAM, G4 CPU

Inside My Power Mac G4
Inside the Power Mac G4 – 2 internal hard drives to the right.


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