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iMac Revision D Information Page

With the release of the revision D iMac (aka iMac G3/333) Apple continues its tradition of releasing a new iMac every three months. Also swiftly becoming a tradition, the price of the new iMac is no higher than its predecessor and you can be sure that prices for remaining B and C machines will fall accordingly. Before its release, most had speculated that the Rev. D iMac would run at 300MHz. The good news is that Apple opted for the faster 333MHz chip, the bad news is that hopes of a larger 17" monitor didn't pan out. The larger monitor would have been a nice addition but would have driven the price beyond the comfort level of the iMac's target audience, the home user and first time computer user. Not to worry, there are plenty of letters in the alphabet left! See below for a list of iMac letters to avoid... Other than the faster processor, the only other addition of a slight "dimple" in the round mouse. This is presumably in response to the many complaints that the iMac and Yosemite mice (mouses?) are hard to keep oriented. Quirks aside, the iMac continues to be a stylish machine that comes with a software bundle (see sidebar below) that will keep the average computer newbie happy for quite some time. Sales of the iMac are in large part responsible for the growth of Macintosh market share at this time.

Major Technological Changes

 
iMac A iMac B iMac C

iMac D

G3/233Mhz G3/233Mhz G3/266Mhz G3/333MHz
ATI Rage IIc
Graphics Controller
2MB VRAM
ATI RAGE PRO TURBO 
accelerated 2D/3D 
graphics controller
6MB VRAM
ATI RAGE PRO TURBO 
accelerated 2D/3D 
graphics controller
6MB VRAM
ATI RAGE PRO TURBO 
accelerated 2D/3D 
graphics controller
6MB VRAM
OS 8.1 OS 8.5 OS 8.5.1 OS 8.5.1
4GB Hard Drive 4GB Hard Drive 6GB Hard Drive 6GB Hard Drive
Mezzanine Slot Mezzanine Slot Mezzanine Slot: removed Mezzanine Slot: removed
Infrared Port Infrared Port Infrared Port: removed Infrared Port: removed

 

 

As with previous iMacs there is no floppy drive or high-speed SCSI port for connecting external drives. Hopes for onboard FireWire also didn't pan out. Instead the iMac comes with two, 12Mbps hot-pluggable USB ports and built in high speed 100BASE-T Ethernet. Also included is an internal 56Kbps modem. The iMac has a built-in handle on the back for easy transportation.

Geared for the consumer , school and business market the machine is capable of very little upgradability and is more appropriate for general computer use. Although the 333MHz processor helps the Rev. D iMac catch up to the rest of Apple's offerings in terms of speed, it is still not the kind of heavy duty machine required by graphics or publishing professionals

Revision D Software Bundle 

  • AppleWorks 5 
  • FaxSTF from STF Technologies 
  • Quicken Deluxe '98 from Intuit 
  • MetaCreation's Kai's Photo Soap 
  • EdView Internet Safety Kit, Family Edition
  • World Book Macintosh Edition
  • Pangea Software's Nanosaur 
  • Williams & Sonoma Guide to Good Cooking from Broderbund
  • Netscape Navigator
  • Microsoft's Internet Explorer & Outlook Express 4.5
  • Earthlink's, Total Access 2.01 
  • Adobe Pagemill v3.0 (Web Site Builder Software)


MacBench 5.0 Scores

MacBench Scores are relative to the Pre-Yosemite G3/300 Power Mac which is assigned a score of 1000. Longer bars are better. Click here for more information on MacBench 5.0
 

 

 

 

 

Model/Mhz Processor Bus Speed
(Mhz)
RAM L2
Cache
VRAM
iMac G3/333 G3 66 32 SDRAM
384 MB Max 
512K @133Mhz 6MB
SGRAM
6MB
Max
Expansion
Slots
Hard
Drive
CDROM
Drive
 Networking
Modem 
 Aditional
Features
Reviews & Information
- 6GB
IDE
24X 10/100 Ethernet
54Kbps 
15" Monitor
ATI RAGE PRO TURBO accelerated 2D/3D graphics controller

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