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Power Macintosh 7300/200 Processor Upgrade Page

PowerMac 7300/200 Facts at a Glance

  • Processor: 604e, 200 MHz
  • L2 Cache: 256K
  • Drive: 2GB 
  • Internal SCSI: Fast SCSI 10MB per sec 
  • Slots: 3 PCI 12" 
  • Installed RAM: 32MB 
  • RAM Slots: 8, 168-pin DIMM 
  • Min RAM Speed: 70 ns 
  • Installed VRAM: 2MB (4MB Max) 
  • Introduced: 2-17-97 
  • Original Price: $2,799
  • Notes:

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


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 sports 3 PCI slots, an extra drive bay and 8 memory slots for a total possible capacity of 512MB 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 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 most of the processor upgrades available for this machine. These results are what the individual manufactures publish for their cards. In other words the speed trials were run by the manufacturer. For an independent evaluation of these cards check the Processor Upgrade Page to see if we have results available. 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 scores.

    MacBench Absolute Scores

    Processor Upgrade Card

    MacBench 4.0 Processor Score

    Power Macintosh 7300/200 358
    Sonnet Crescendo G3/233/177/512K 720
    PowerLogix PowerForce G3/220/110/512K 742
    Vimage Vpower G3/233/117/512K 757
    XLR8 MACh Speed G3/233/117/512K 777
    NewerTechnology MAXpower G3/250/125/512K 800
    NewerTechnology MAXpower G3/266/133/512K 875
    XLR8 MACh Speed G3/266/133/512K 881
    Sonnet Crescendo G3/266/133/1MB 920
    Vimage Vpower G3/266/133 939
    Mactell PowerJolt G3/250/250/1MB 973
    NewerTechnology MAXpower G3/300/150/512K 975
    Mactell PowerJolt G3/266/266/1MB 1018
    Vimage Vpower G3/300/150/1MB 1045
    Sonnet Crescendo G3/300/150/1MB 1045
    PowerLogix PowerForce G3/300/150/1MB 1047
    NewerTechnology MAXpower G3/300/150/1MB 1060
    XLR8 MACh Speed G3/300/200/1MB 1091
    XLR8 MACh Speed G3/333/167/1MB 1154
    Sonnet Crescendo G3/333/167/1MB 1155
    Mactell PowerJolt G3/300/300/1MB 1161
    NewerTechnology MAXpower G3/333/166/1MB 1179
    Sonnet Crescendo G3/366183/1MB 1252
    PowerLogix PowerForce G3/300/300/1MB 1276
    XLR8 MACh Speed G3/366/183/1MB 1286
    NewerTechnology MAXpower G3/366/183/1MB 1286
    XLR8 MACh Speed G3/400/200/1MB 1399
    Sonnet Crescendo G3/400/200/1MB 1400
    NewerTechnology MAXpower G3/400/200/1MB 1417