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Motorola StarMax 5000/300 Processor Upgrade Page

StarMax 5000/300 Facts at a Glance

  • Processor: 603e, 300 MHz
  • Drive: 4.3GB IDE-ATA
  • Free drive bays: 4
  • Internal SCSI: Yes
  • CD-ROM Drive: 16X ATAPI
  • Slots: 3-5 PCI
  • Installed RAM: 32MB
  • Max RAM: 160MB
  • RAM Slots: 3, 168-pin DIMM
  • Min RAM Speed: 60 ns
  • L2 Cache: 512K
  • Installed VRAM: 4MB
  • Introduced: 5/97
  • Discontinued: -
  • Initial Retail Price: $2,899
  • Current Price

Additional Notes

  • Requires 3.3v EDO RAM
  • Requires adapter to use Mac monitors
  • PS/2 input port allows the use of PC devices
  • Internal Zip drive included
  • On-board ATI 3D RageII+ graphics chip
  • Some models have 8MB TwinTurbo 128 graphics card and 100BaseT Ethernet
  • One DIMM slot limited to single sided DIMMs
  • Came with 5 year warranty

Introduced in the Summer of 1997, the StarMax 5000 family of computers were Motorola's follow-on machines to the earlier 3000 series. Bases on the lower-end 603e PowerPC processor, these machines nonetheless received high marks for performance that rivaled some higher-end systems. This was due to to a reworked motherboard with a faster but speed and a better memory controller and the addition of the ATI RageII+ graphics accelerator chip to speed up video and 3-D processing.

The 5000s came in 5 speeds (200, 225, 250, 275 and 300Mhz), were aimed at the small business office, home office and entry level creative content markets, and had a robust feature set to meet these market sector demands.

These features included; 32MB of RAM expandable the 160MB using the 3 DIMM slots, 512K of L2 cache, 2 or 4MB of VRAM, 4.3GB IDE-ATA hard drive, 16X CD-ROM drive, Internal Zip drive and internal SCSI, all fit inside a minitower form factor. In addition each machine, depending on configuration, has 4 to 5 free drive bays and 3 to 5 free PCI slots giving you ample possibilities for expansion. Like the other StarMax models these machines have 2 PS/2 ports and a SVGA type monitor port on the back of the computer.

The lower speed machines came with either a 56K external modem or PCI based 10BaseT Ethernet. The 300Mhz machine had a 8MB IMXMicro TwinTurbo 128 graphics card + PCI based 10/100BaseT Ethernet as a model option.

One quirk of these machines is that one of the DIMM slots can only handle single sided DIMMs

The StarMax 5000s shipped with a unprecedented 5 year warranty.


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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 score.

MacBench Absolute Scores

Processor Upgrade Card

MacBench 4.0 Processor Score

StarMax 5000/300 441
Newer MAXpower G3/260/130/512K 875
Newer MAXpowr G3-L2B 300/1MB/200 1100