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PowerBook 1400/117 Processor Upgrade And Discussion Page - Performance Of Latest G3 Processor Upgrades

PowerBook 1400/117 Facts at a Glance

  • Processor: PPC 603e, 117MHz
  • System Bus Speed: 33MHz
  • Drive: 750MB or 1GB ATA
  • CD-ROM: 6x
  • Slots: 1 PDS, 2 Type II PC Card (1 Type III)
  • Installed RAM: 12MB or 16MB (64 Max)
  • RAM Slots: 1
  • Min RAM Speed: 70 ns
  • Screen Size 11.3" 800x600
  • Weight 6.7 Lbs. 
  • Introduced: 10/1/96
  • Discontinued: 7/14/97
  • Original Price $2,500 - $3,500

Additional Notes

  • No on-board Ethernet
  • No internal modem
  • No L2 Cache
  • Can customize back
  • Supported OS: 7.5.3 - 9.x

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The PowerBook 1400/117 was the low-end of the 1400 line which included 133MHz and 166MHz models as well. Unlike its more powerful siblings the 1400/117 was hobbled by the lack of a level two cache. The 11.3" inch screen was available as either dual-scan or active matrix. The resolution was bumped up from the 640x480 of older PowerBooks to 800x600. Many faulted the video as being too slow, and that with 1MB VRAM, video was limited to 16 bit.

All of the 1400's offered the cool option of adding a custom back and companies like were quick to supply them.

Level 2 cache can be added to this machine which will help on the performance front. But there is no internal modem or on-board Ethernet, so networking the 1400 requires you to use add on PC Cards

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Although the 1400s were lackluster machines, they were the first competent PowerBooks to come from Apple after the fallow period that followed the disastrous 5300s

The 1400/117 came with either 12 or 16MB of RAM, 8MB of which was soldered to the motherboard. Hard drive size was either 750MB or 1GB. There is one expansion bay for a CD-ROM drive, second battery or another drive (removable or standard).

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

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MacBench 4.0 Processor Score

PowerBook 1400/117 126
Sonnet Crescendo G3/PB 333/167/512K 1002
Sonnet Crescendo G3/PB 333/167/1MB 1100
Sonnet Crescendo G3/PB 400/200/1MB 1362

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