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PowerBook G3/292 Upgrade And Discussion Page - Performance Of Latest G3 Processor Upgrades

PowerBook G3/292 Facts at a Glance

  • Processor: G3, 292MHz
  • Bus Speed: 83 MHz
  • L2 Cache: 1 MB @ 146MHz
  • Installed RAM: 64MB (Max 192)
  • RAM Slots: 2, SO-DIMM
  • Min RAM Speed: 10 ns
  • Installed VRAM: 4MB (Max 4 MB)
  • Drive: 4 GB or 8 GB ATA
  • CD Drive: 20X (removable)
  • Network: On-board 10baseT Ethernet
  • Slots: 2 PC - two type II or one type III
  • Expansion Bays: 2
  • Supported MacOS: 8.0 - 10
  • Screen: 12.1" color dual-scan passive matrix (800x600) or 13.3" active matrix (1024x768) or or a 14.1 active matrix (1024x768)
  • Battery Life: Up to 7 hours in dual-battery mode (2.5 to 3 hours for single battery)
  • Additional Ports: SCSI, ADB port, Serial port, S-video out
  • Weight: 7.2 - 7.8
  • Introduced: 5/98
  • Discontinued: - 9/98
  • Original Price: $4,600 - $5,600
  • Current Price
  • Notes:

  • DVD drive option

April 26, 2001

The G3/292 PowerBook was released in the late spring of 1998, along with a lower-end 233MHz model and the mid-range 250 MHz machine. The 292 MHz PowerBook featured the 750 version of the G3 processor which meant that it could accept a Backside cache...unlike the low-end 233MHz PowerBook, which was cache-less.

These machines had a sleek new design and came with either a 12.1" color dual-scan passive matrix screen capable of 16-bit color at 800x600 resolution, a 13.3" active matrix screen capable of 24-bit color at 1024x768 resolution or a 14.1 active matrix screen also capable of 24-bit color at 1024x768 resolution. Standard hard drive size was either 4 or 8 GB, and the machine came with 64 MB of RAM installed. Maximum RAM capacity is 192 MB.

Two expansion bays allow you add additional removable drives or to utilize a second battery giving your PowerBook a use range of from 5 - 6.5 hours (a single battery will power the G3/292 for approximately 2.5 to 3.5 hours).

This PowerBook has 2 PC slots which can accommodate two type II PC cards or one type III. SCSI and S-video output connectors are found on the back of the case and the machine has an internal 56K modem.

The PowerBook G3/292 weighs in at a arm stretching 7.2 to 7.8 pounds

Below you will find the MacBench 5.0 results for the current processor upgrades available for this machine. 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.

Previous upgrade page for this machine

MacBench Absolute Scores

 

Processor Upgrade Card

MacBench 5.0 Processor Score

PowerBook G3/292 970
PowerLogix BlueChip G3/466/233/1MB 1546
PowerLogix BlueChip G3/500/250/1MB 1659