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Apple eMac G4/700 Specs

Identifiers: eMac - Original - M8655LL/A* - PowerMac4,4 - A1002 - 1903

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Apple eMacThe Apple eMac G4/700, originally exclusively for education, but available later for both the consumer and education markets, features a 700 MHz PowerPC 7441 (G4) processor with the AltiVec "Velocity Engine" vector processing unit and a 256k on chip level 2 cache, 128 MB of PC133 SDRAM, a 40 GB Ultra ATA/66 hard drive, a tray-loading 24X CD-RW drive for the consumer market (8X "Combo Drive" after August 13, 2002) and the choice of either a 32X CD-ROM drive or an 8X Combo Drive for the education market (CD-ROM option discontinued on February 4, 2003), and NVIDIA GeForce2 MX graphics with 32 MB of DDR SDRAM in an all-in-one case with a 17.0" (16.0" viewable area) CRT display (resolution support up to 1280x960 in 24-bit color).

The eMac G4/700 shipped with an ice white Apple "Pro" keyboard and mouse, and could be configured with either MacOS 9.2 or MacOS X 10.1.4 as the default operating system. Custom configurations also were available.

Also see: What are the differences between the original eMac models?

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April 29, 2002* May 6, 2003
Details: The "Introduction Date" refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The "Discontinued Date" refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.

*This model was released to education on April 29, 2002, and consumers on June 4, 2002.

Also see: All Macs introduced in 2002.
700 MHz PowerPC 7441 (G4)
Details: The PowerPC G4 includes the AltiVec "Velocity Engine" vector processor.
1 360 & N/A
Details: This model only is compatible with the 32-bit Geekbench 2 benchmark. These numbers reflect an average of user provided 32-bit and 64-bit results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.

You also might be interested in reviewing all 32-bit and 64-bit Geekbench 2 user submissions for Macs with the PowerMac4,4 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

To dynamically compare Geekbench results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
Soldered Integrated
Details: The processor is mounted directly to the motherboard.
100 MHz (7:1) 700 MHz (Built-in)
Details: N/A
Open Firmware 1 MB
Details: The Boot ROM is roughly 1 MB, other instructions are loaded into RAM.
64k 256k (on-chip)
Details: 256k on-chip level 2 cache runs at processor speed.
PC133 SDRAM 8 ns
Details: Although Apple's original specifications stated that it shipped with PC100 RAM, Apple later noted that RAM must be "PC-133 compliant".

Also see: How do you upgrade the RAM in the eMac models? How much RAM of what type do these systems support?
128 MB 1 GB
Details: In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells memory -- as well as other upgrades -- for this eMac.

In Australia, site sponsor RamCity sells memory and other upgrades for this eMac.

Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
None 2
Details: There are two user accessible 168-pin DIMM slots. As shipped, one slot is occupied by a 128 MB memory module.
GeForce2 MX DDR SDRAM
Details: Shipped with a "NVIDIA GeForce2 MX graphics processor with 32 MB of DDR RAM".

Also see: What type of video processor is provided by the eMac? Is it upgradable?
32 MB 32 MB
Details: The video cannot be upgraded.
17.0" Flat CRT 1024x768*
Details: *The 17.0" flat CRT display has a 16.0" viewable area, a 0.25mm dot pitch, and supports "640 by 480 pixels at 138 Hz, 800 by 600 pixels at 112 Hz, 1024 by 768 pixels at 89 Hz, 1152 by 864 pixels at 80 Hz, [and] 1280 by 960 pixels at 72 Hz" resolutions.
Mirroring Only 1280x960*
Details: *Apple reports that the "Mini-VGA output port [with additional purchase of a VGA display adapter can] display an image identical to that shown on the built-in display" at the same resolution.
40 GB Ultra ATA/66
Details: This model supports hard drives larger than 128 GB.

Also see: How do you replace or upgrade the hard drive in the eMac models?

In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells storage upgrades for this eMac.
32X CD-ROM* None
Details: *The education-only M8655LL/A and /B shipped with a 32X CD-ROM drive. The education-only M8578LL/A and /B shipped with a DVD-ROM/CD-RW "Combo" drive that "reads DVDs at 8x speed, writes CD-R discs at 12x speed, writes CD-RW discs at 8x speed, [and] reads CDs at 32x speed".

The first consumer model (M8577LL/A) shipped with a 24X CD-RW drive that could write CD-R at 24x, CD-RW at 10x, and read CD-ROM at 32x. Starting August 13, 2002, the consumer model (M8891LL/A) shipped with a DVD-ROM/CD-RW "Combo" drive that "reads DVDs at 8x speed, writes CD-R discs at 12x speed, writes CD-RW discs at 8x speed, [and] reads CDs at 32x speed".

Also see: What are the capabilities of the optical drive provided by the eMac models? How do you replace or upgrade the optical drive?
56k v.90* 10/100Base-T
Details: *No internal modem was provided by the education-only M8655LL/A and /B configurations. Modem standard in other configurations. 10/100Base-T standard in all configurations.
802.11b (Optional) None
Details: This model could be configured with AirPort (802.11b) at the time of purchase at additional cost.
3 (1.1) 2 (400)
Details: This system has three USB 1.1 ports (shared on two 12-Mbps controllers) and two Firewire "400" ports (eight watts shared). Apple advertised that this computer had five USB 1.1 ports, counting three on the system and two on the keyboard.
AirPort None
Details: This model has "built-in antennas and [a] card slot for [an] optional AirPort card".
Apple Pro Keyboard Apple Pro Mouse
Details: N/A
All-in-One eMac
Details: Accommodates a 17" CRT, but is slightly less deep than the original iMac CRT model which only had a 15" CRT.
M8655LL/A* eMac - Original
Details: *M8655LL/A refers to the original education-only configuration that shipped to startup with MacOS X, a CD-ROM drive and no modem. The "/B" configuration uses the same hardware but shipped with MacOS 9 set to startup. M8578LL/A refers to the education-only configuration with a "Combo" drive set to startup in MacOS X, and "/B" was set to startup in MacOS 9.

M8577LL/A refers to the consumer model that shipped with a CD-RW drive, and M8891LL/A refers to the consumer model that shipped with a "Combo" drive.
A1002 (EMC 1903) PowerMac4,4
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.

Also see: All Macs with the A1002 Model Number, the 1903 EMC Number, and the PowerMac4,4 Model Identifier.

For more about these identifiers and how to locate them on each Mac, please refer to EveryMac.com's Mac Identification section.
3.6V Lithium N/A
Details: N/A
9.2.2 & X 10.1.4 (5R106) X 10.4.11*
Details: *Officially, this system cannot run versions of Mac OS X more recent than 10.4.11. However, a clever reader reported successfully cloning the hard drive via Target Disk Mode directly from a later eMac G4/1.25 (USB 2.0) running Mac OS X 10.5.8 (9L31a). Mac OS X 10.5.8 works without issue on this model when cloned in this manner, it just cannot be installed via the install DVD.
Boot/Classic Mode Emulation Only
Details: This model is capable of booting in Mac OS 9 and using Mac OS 9 applications within the Mac OS X "Classic" environment.

Site sponsor OHS specializes in heavily upgraded Macs capable of running both Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 applications.
15.8 x 15.8 x 17.1 50 lbs. (22.7 kg)
Details: *In inches - height x width x depth (40.6 cm, 40.6 cm, 43.3 cm).
US$999, US$1199* US$50-US$100
Details: *The original education-only models were introduced for US$999 (M8655LL/A) and US$1199 (M8578LL/A). The consumer model was introduced for US$1099 (M8577LL/A), and kept the same price when upgraded to a "Combo" drive (M8891LL/A).

Please note that on average the estimated current retail pricing of used systems is updated twice a year (please refer to the date on the bottom of the page for the date last updated).

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Click on the underlined category text for additional details. The most commonly needed info is "open" by default, but all info is important. The icons correspond with the icons for each port on the computer.


1 (Mini-VGA) None
Details: N/A
None None
Details: N/A
None None
Details: N/A
3 (1.1) 2 (400)
Details: This system has three USB 1.1 ports (shared on two 12-Mbps controllers) and two Firewire "400" ports (eight watts shared). Apple advertised that this computer had five USB 1.1 ports, counting three on the system and two on the keyboard.
1 (RJ-11)* 1 (RJ-45)
Details: *No internal modem was provided by the education-only M8655LL/A and /B configurations.
None None
Details: N/A
1 (Built-in) 1
Details: Built-in microphone and an "analog audio input minijack, up to 16-bit stereo".
1 1
Details: Single "mini headphone" jack for audio out capabilities.
1 None
Details: N/A
None None
Details: N/A
1 N/A
Details: 110V to 240V AC, 170W maximum.



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