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Apple iMac G3/500 (Early 2001 - Flower/Blue) Specs

Identifiers: iMac - Early 2001 - M7669LL/A* - PowerMac4,1 - M5521 - 1857

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Apple iMac G3 Blue Dalmation Early 2001The Apple iMac G3/500 (Early 2001 - Indigo/Flower Power/Blue Dalmation) features a 500 MHz PowerPC 750cx (G3) processor with a 256k on-chip level 2 cache, 64 MB of RAM, a 20.0 GB Ultra ATA hard drive, a slot loading 8X/4X/24X CD-RW drive, ATI Rage 128 Ultra (AGP 2X) graphics with 16 MB of VRAM, a Harmon-Kardon designed sound system, and Firewire "400" ports packed into a translucent "indigo", "flower power", or "blue dalmation" (pictured) all-in-one case design with a 15-inch CRT display.

In addition to "funky" case design options -- which proved not to be particularly popular -- the iMac G3/500 (Early 2001 - Indigo/Flower Power/Blue Dalmation) and iMac G3/600 Special Edition (Early 2001) models brought substantial performance improvements to the iMac line, with faster PowerPC 750cx (G3) processors with on-chip level 2 caches, faster graphics with more VRAM (16 MB), and CD-RW drives.

Also see: What are the differences between the fifth generation "Early 2001" iMac G3 models?

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February 22, 2001 July 18, 2001
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.

Also see: All Macs introduced in 2001.
1 32-Bit
Details: Also see: All models with a 32-Bit processor courtesy of EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Sort.
257 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 PowerMac4,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

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N/A N/A
Details: The Geekbench 3 benchmark does not support this model. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.

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N/A N/A
Details: The Geekbench 3 benchmark does not support this model. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.

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500 MHz PowerPC 750cx (G3)
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Soldered Integrated
Details: The processor is soldered to the motherboard in this model.

Also see: Is the CPU on the iMac G3 upgradable? How is it mounted? Are third-party processor upgrades available?
100 MHz 500 MHz (Built-in)
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Open Firmware N/A
Details: The Boot ROM is roughly 1 MB, other instructions are loaded into RAM.
64k 256k (on chip)
Details: Includes a 256k "on chip" level 2 cache that runs at processor speed.
PC100 SDRAM 10 ns
Details: Officially uses 168-pin PC100 SDRAM memory modules, but PC133 SDRAM is backwards compatible and may be used as well.

Also see: How do you upgrade the RAM in the iMac G3 models? How much RAM of what type do these systems support?
64 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 iMac.

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Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
None 2
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Rage 128 Ultra SDRAM
Details: ATI Rage 128 Ultra (AGP 2X) video with 16 MB of VRAM.

Also see: What type of video processor is provided by the iMac G3 models? Is it upgradable?
16 MB 16 MB
Details: The video cannot be upgraded.
15.0" (13.8") 800x600*
Details: *15.0" (13.8" viewable area) display supports 640x480 at 117 Hz, 800x600 at 95 Hz, and 1024x768 at 75 Hz.
Mirroring Only 1024x768*
Details: *This iMac model can display an image identical to that shown on the built-in display at the same resolution.
20.0 GB Ultra ATA
Details: This model does not support hard drives larger than 128 GB.

Also see: How do you replace or upgrade the hard drive in the iMac G3 models? Do these models support "big drives"?

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4X CD-RW None
Details: Slot loading CD-RW drive is capable of writing CD-R at 8X, CD-RW at 4X, and reading CD-ROM at 24X.

Also see: What are the capabilities of the optical drive provided by the iMac G3 models? How do you replace or upgrade the optical drive?
56.6k (Internal) 10/100Base-T
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802.11b (Optional) None
Details: Internal support for AirPort (802.11b), but not pre-installed. Adapter needed.

Also see: Which iMac G3 models support AirPort? How do you install or replace the AirPort card?
2 (1.1) 2 (400)
Details: This system has two USB 1.1 ports and two Firewire "400" ports.

Also see: Which iMac G3 models have Firewire "400" ports?
AirPort None
Details: N/A
Apple Pro Keyboard Apple Pro Mouse
Details: N/A
All-in-One iMac (Slot Loading)
Details: All-in-one case design offered in indigo (dark blue), "blue dalmation" (blue with white spots), and "flower power" (a 60's inspired "psychedelic" flower pattern).

Also see: Which iMac G3 models were offered in which colors? How many colors were available in total?
M7669LL/A* iMac - Early 2001
Details: *The most popular color -- Indigo -- was assigned model number M7669LL/A. "Blue Dalmation" was assigned M8347LL/A, and "Flower Power" was assigned M8348LL/A.
M5521 (EMC 1857) PowerMac4,1
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.

Also see: All Macs with the M5521 Model Number, the 1857 EMC Number, and the PowerMac4,1 Model Identifier.

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3.6V Lithium N/A
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9.1* X 10.4.11
Details: *Later models also shipped with MacOS X 10.0.3, with MacOS 9.1 selected as the default.

This system cannot run versions of MacOS X more recent than 10.4.11.
N/A N/A
Details:
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.

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15.0 x 15.0 x 17.1 34.7 lbs. (15.7 kg)
Details: *In inches - height x width x depth (38.1 cm x 38.1 cm x 43.4 cm).
US$1199 N/A
Details: 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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1 (VGA) None
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2 (1.1) 2 (400)
Details: This system has two USB 1.1 ports and two Firewire "400" ports.

Also see: Which iMac G3 models have Firewire "400" ports?
1 (RJ-11) 1 (RJ-45)
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None None
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1 (Built-in) 1
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1 2
Details: 16-bit stereo sound out jack and two front mounted headphone jacks.
None None
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1 N/A
Details: 100V to 260V AC, 150W maximum.

Global original prices for the iMac G3/500 (Early 2001 - Flower/Blue) in 34 different countries and territories follow; organized alphabetically by region.

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Original Prices - North & South America

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N/A US$1199

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N/A £999

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Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand

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