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With the advent of the new year 1999 Apple rolled out its next generation of G3 PowerMacs. Designed with the professional Web designer, publishing pro, video editor and 3-D gamer in mind these high end machines depart in both technology and design from the first generation G3s. Code named Yosemite the computers sport 3 different speeds 400Mhz, 350Mhz and 300Mhz and come in four different models. The system bus on these machines is likewise faster than the previous generation and now run at 100Mhz (as opposed to 66Mhz) Graphics are handled by a high-end ATI RAGE 128 graphics accelerator and 16MB of SDRAM graphics memory making them appropriate for high-end graphics work and superb gaming. System memory consists of 64MB or 128MB of PC100 SDRAM (3.3-volt, unbuffered, 64-bit-wide, 168-pin, running at 100 MHz) and can be upgraded in each machine up to 1GB using the 4 provided memory slots. Memory from prior Power Macintosh (EDO or FPM RAM) computers cannot be used in the new systems. The Yosemite class machines are the easiest Macs, produced to date, to get inside . The side panel easily swings down when a lever on the side of the machine is manipulated - exposing the innards of the computer. Inside you will find 4 PCI slots (3 empty slots running at 33Mhz (64 -bit) and one special high speed 66Mhz, 32-bit PCI slot that is filled with the ATI RAGE 128 graphics accelerator) and 5 internal drive bays with built in support for the new Ultra ATA drives ( three for 3 1/2-inch hard drives and 2 for 5 1/4-inch drives - CD ROM, Zip, DVD etc.). There is no built in SCSI bus. If you want to add SCSI devices you will have to do so through a PCI card using up one of your slots. There is also no floppy drive. The new Power Macintosh G3s come standard with a built-in slot to accommodate an internal 56K modem that supports both the K56flex and V.90 standards. The actual internal modem is an add-on option.

Apple is moving forward with the new connection standards it has committed to. It has eased out SCSI in favor of two 400Mbps firewire ports (for connecting high-speed peripherals such as drives and video) and continued the abandonment of the serial port it started with iMac in favor of two 12Mbps USB ports for connecting low speed devices (such as keyboards, mice etc). In a nod to the past it included one ADB port on the machines so you can connect your old mouse, keyboard, graphics tablet or other ADB device. All machines come with 10/100BaseT Ethernet.

For connecting monitors these machines have moved to the "PC", VGA port standard. If you want to connect an older Mac monitor you'll have to use the included VGA-to-Mac adapter. The ATI RAGE 128 graphics accelerator supports up to 1,920- by 1,200-pixel resolution at 32 bits per pixel (millions of colors)

In looks the Yosemite machines take the traditional mini-tower form factor and cover it all with a iMac type frosting made of the same bullet-proof plastic found encasing the iMacs. At each corner is found a sturdy handle making it easy to move the machines around. If the Yosemite machines aren't as radical a design departure as the iMac was, they are still quite stunning in appearance.

The Yosemite machines ship with system 8.5.1 installed which fixes some bugs associated with the initial release of 8.5. It also ships with the same Apple compact USB Keyboard and Apple round USB Mouse found with the iMac

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