Apple iMac G3/600 (Summer 2001) Specs
Identifiers: iMac - Summer 2001 - M8492LL/A* - PowerMac4,1 - M5521 - 1857
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The Apple iMac G3/600 (Summer 2001) features a 600 MHz PowerPC 750cx (G3) processor with a 256k on-chip level 2 cache, 256 MB of RAM, a 40.0 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 "graphite" or "snow" all-in-one case design with a 15-inch CRT display.
On January 7, 2002, Apple dropped the price from US$1299 to US$999 and began shipping the systems with MacOS X 10.2 selected as the default operating system, although MacOS 9 also was pre-installed.
Please note that Apple decided to refer to this line as the "Summer 2001" series, which refers to Summer in the Northern Hemisphere.
Also see: What are the differences between the final "Summer 2001" iMac G3 models?
To purchase or upgrade a G3 Mac -- as well as newer Macs -- see site sponsor OHS.
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||July 18, 2001*
||March 18, 2003
||*On January 7, 2002, Apple dropped the price of this model to US$999 and began shipping it with MacOS X 10.2 as the default operating system.
The "Introduction Date" generally 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.
||PowerPC 750cx (G3)
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||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?
|System Bus Speed:
||Cache Bus Speed:
||600 MHz (Built-in)
||The Boot ROM is roughly 1 MB, other instructions are loaded into RAM.
||256k (on chip)
||Includes a 256k "on chip" level 2 cache that runs at processor speed.
||Min. RAM Speed:
||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?
||Rage 128 Ultra
||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?
||The video cannot be upgraded.
||*15.0" (13.8" viewable area) display supports 640x480 at 117 Hz, 800x600 at 95 Hz, and 1024x768 at 75 Hz.
|2nd Display Support:
||2nd Max. Resolution:
||*This iMac model can display an image identical to that shown on the built-in display at the same resolution.
|Standard Hard Drive:
||Int. HD Interface:
||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"?
In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells storage upgrades for this iMac.
||Configured with a slot loading CD-RW drive 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?
||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?
|| Firewire Ports:
||This system has two USB 1.1 ports and two Firewire "400" ports.
Also see: Which iMac G3 models have Firewire "400" ports?
||Apple Pro Keyboard
||Apple Pro Mouse
||iMac (Slot Loading)
||All-in-one case design offered in graphite (gray) or snow (white).
Also see: Which iMac G3 models were offered in which colors? How many colors were available in total?
|Apple Order No:
||iMac - Summer 2001
||Graphite was assigned model number M8492LL/A, and snow was assigned model number M8546LL/A.
|Apple Model No:
||M5521 (EMC 1857)
||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.
For more about these identifiers and how to locate them on each Mac, please refer to EveryMac.com's Mac Identification section.
||9.1, X 10.0.4*
||*Later models shipped with MacOS 9.2 and a subsequent version of MacOS X. Models shipped starting January 7, 2002 had MacOS X 10.2 selected as the default, although MacOS 9.2 still was pre-installed.
This system cannot run versions of MacOS X more recent than 10.4.11.
|MacOS 9 Support:
||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.
||15.0 x 15.0 x 17.1
||34.7 lbs. (15.7 kg)
||*In inches - height x width x depth (38.1 cm x 38.1 cm x 43.4 cm).
||Est. Current Retail:
||*Originally sold for US$1299. Apple dropped the price to US$999 on January 7, 2002.
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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