Power Macintosh 7100/66

 
 

The debut of the Power Macintosh line brought shocking changes to Apple. IBM, once the enemy was now a strategic partner and the PowerPC 601 processor was the first fruit of this Apple/Motorola/IBM partnership. The Power Macintosh 7100 was the desktop model of the first NuBus-based Power Macintoshes. It used the a case design inherited from the Macintosh IIvx. The project’s original codename was famously “Carl Sagan” but was changed after a lawsuit filed by it’s namesake.


The Power Macintosh 7100/66 featured a 66MHz PowerPC 601 processor, 8 MB or 16 MB RAM, a 250 MB or 500 MB SCSI hard disk drive and an optional 2x CD-ROM drive. It featured onboard “vampire” video but many were outfitted with a NuBus video card with dedicated VRAM. A PDS slot, three NuBus slots, external SCSI, AAUI Ethernet, serial and ADB ports provided many expandability options.


This Power Macintosh 7100/66 was purchased from Craigslist seller for $10. It features 24 MB RAM, a 250 MB hard disk drive, Apple Video Card and 2x CD-ROM.  It boots to System 7.1.2. It is pictured with an Apple Color Plus 14 Display.

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