Apple Power Macintosh G4 1.42 DP (FW 800)

The Apple Power Macintosh G4/1.42 DP (Firewire 800) features dual 1.42 GHz PowerPC 7455 (G4) processors each with the AltiVec "Velocity Engine" vector processing unit, 256k "on chip" level 2 cache, and 2 MB of DDR SRAM level 3 backside cache. It shipped configured with 512 MB of RAM, a 120 GB Ultra ATA/100 hard drive, a 4X DVD-R/CD-RW "SuperDrive", and a 4X AGP ATI Radeon 9000 Pro graphics card with 64 MB of DDR SDRAM. AirPort Extreme (802.11g) and Bluetooth 1.1 were available by custom configuration.

The Power Macintosh G4 (Firewire 800) series is similar to the "Mirrored Drive Doors" series that it replaced -- both share an identical case design complete with "mirrored drive doors" and the same bus speeds (133 MHz or 167 MHz) and RAM (PC2100 and PC2700), for example -- but the "Firewire 800" models have faster optical drives and add a single Firewire 800 port along with support for onboard AirPort Extreme (802.11g) and Bluetooth 1.1.

Introduction Date: January 28, 2003 Discontinued Date: June 23, 2003
Processor Speed: 1.42 GHz Processor Type: PowerPC 7455 (G4)x2
Details: The PowerPC G4 includes the AltiVec "Velocity Engine" vector
Processors: 2 Geekbench: 1224
Processor Upgrade: MDD G4 Daughtercard FPU: Integrated
System Bus Speed: 167 MHz Cache Bus Speed: 1.42 GHz* (Built-in)
ROM/Firmware Type: Open Firmware ROM/Firmware Size: 1 MB
L1 Cache: 64k L2/L3 Cache: 256k (on chip), 2 MB
RAM Type: PC2700 DDR SDRAM Min. RAM Speed: 333 MHz
Details: Supports 184-pin PC2700 (333 MHz) DDR SDRAM.
Standard RAM: 512 MB Maximum RAM: 2 GB*
Standard Hard Drive: 120 GB (7200 RPM) Int. HD Interface: Ultra ATA/100*
Standard Optical: 4X "SuperDrive" Standard Disk: None
Details: Apple reported that the 4X DVD-R/CD-RW SuperDrive "writes DVDs at 4X, reads DVDs at 8X, writes CD-R at 16X, writes CD-RW at 8X, and reads CDs at 32X". By custom order, it also could be configured with a second optical drive. Both optical drives use a EIDE (ATA-3) bus.
Standard Modem: 56k v.92 Standard Ethernet: 10/100/1000Base-T
Standard AirPort: 802.11b/g (Optional) Standard Bluetooth: 1.1 (Optional)
USB Ports: 2 (1.1) Firewire Ports: 2 (400), 1 (800)
Details: USB 1.1 ports are dual channel. Two Firewire "400" ports and one Firewire "800" port.
Includes Keyboard: Apple Pro Keyboard Incl. Input: Apple Pro Mouse
Case Type: Tower Form Factor: Power Mac G4 (MDD)
Apple Model No: M8570 (EMC 1914) Model ID: PowerMac3,6
Battery Type: 3.6V Lithium Battery Life: N/A
Pre-Installed MacOS: X 10.2.3 Maximum MacOS: X 10.5.8
MacOS 9 Support: Classic Mode Only* Windows Support: Emulation Only
Details: *This model is capable of using Mac OS 9 applications within the Mac OS X "Classic" environment provided with Mac OS X 10.4.11 "Tiger" and lower ("Classic" is not supported starting with Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard"). It cannot boot into Mac OS 9.
Dimensions: 17.0 x 8.9 x 18.4 Avg. Weight: 42.0 lbs. (19.1 kg)
Original Price: US$2699 Est. Current Retail: US$350-US$500
Details: Please note that on average the estimated current retail pricing of used systems is updated twice a year (please refer to the

Thanks to for the specification

Our machine has the model No. M8570 EMC1914 was very kindly donated by William Henley

Manufacturer: Apple
Date: 28th January 2003

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This exhibit has a reference ID of CH29455. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.


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