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Power Macintosh 7300/200 Processor Upgrade And Discussion Page - Performance Of Latest G3 & G4 Processor Upgrades

PowerMac 7300/200 Facts at a Glance

  • Processor: 604e, 200 MHz
  • Bus Speed: 50 MHz
  • L2 Cache: 256K (Max 1 MB)
  • Installed RAM: 32MB (Max. 1GB)* 
  • RAM Slots: 8, 168-pin DIMM 
  • Min RAM Speed: 70 ns 
  • Installed VRAM: 2MB (4MB Max) 
  • Drive: 2GB 
  • Internal SCSI: Fast SCSI 10MB per sec 
  • CD Drive: 12X
  • Removable Drives: Floppy Drive
  • Ethernet: AAUI, 10Base-T
  • Slots: 3 PCI 12" 
  • Drive Bays: 1 (3.5")
  • Additional Ports: ADB, 2 Serial - Printer & Modem , SCSI
  • Supported MacOS: 7.5.5 - 9.X
  • Introduced: 2-17-97 
  • Discontinued: 11/97
  • Original Price: $2,799
  • Current Price


  • *128MB DIMMs can be used, but have not been tested. 

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Thursday, October 25, 2001

Released in the winter of 1997, the Power Macintosh 7300/200 was the successor to the 7600 series. With performance roughly 30-40% faster than the 7600/120 and a price that was considered competitive at the time, the 7300 brought "professional" performance to a larger audience.

The 7300 sported the 604e processor, clocked at 200MHz. The processor resides on a removable daughter card making a processor upgrade a snap. The 604e was the last pre-G3 chip and a solid performer.

The machine is easy to get into and has 3 PCI slots, an extra drive bay and 8 memory slots for a total possible capacity of 1024 MB of RAM. The machine is capable of memory interleaving which will improve processor performance slightly.

The 7300 shipped with 2MB of video RAM and the ability to add 2 more which will allow for more colors at higher resolutions.

The machine also shipped with 256K L2 cache which was upgradeable to 1MB. Upgrading the cache to 1MB would give you a 15%-20% processor performance boost.

The 7300s have a 12X CD-ROM drive and onboard AAUI and 10baseT Ethernet.

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Below you will find the MacBench 4.0 results for the current processor upgrades available for this machine. Results marked in blue  indicate that benchmark results were done by us. All other processor card results were provided by the upgrade manufacturer. The bar graphs below express results as a percentage of improvement over the base machine, which receives a score of 100%. Further down the page you will find a table with the actual MacBench score.

** Note that MacBench does not take advantage of the Velocity Engine (AltiVec instructions) of the G4. For AltiVec accelerated applications you can see a .5 to 4 times performance improvement over the G3, depending on the application and the functions you are trying to perform.

For G4 Application specific scores - Click Here



"But I thought that the G4 was so much faster than the G3?" In some cases it is! For G4 Application specific scores - Click Here

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