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Apple Macintosh Performa 520The Apple Macintosh Performa 520 features a 25 MHz 68030 processor, 5 MB of RAM, either an 80 MB or a 160 MB hard drive, and a 2X CD-ROM drive in a relatively compact all-in-one case with a 14" color display. The Performa 520 was the first Performa to have an internal CD-ROM drive.

The educational version of the Performa 520 is the LC 520.

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  • Tech Specs
  • Ports

Click on the category for related details. The most commonly needed info is "open" by default, but all info is important.

June 28, 1993 February 2, 1994
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 1993.
25 MHz 68030
Details: This model has a 32-bit processor and a 32-bit data path.
Third-Party* None
Details: *A variety of third-party processor upgrades and accelerators were available.
25 MHz N/A
Details: N/A
Macintosh ROM 1 MB
Details: N/A
0.5k N/A
Details: N/A
72-pin SIMM 80 ns
Details: N/A
5 MB 36 MB
Details: This model can be upgraded to 36 MB of RAM with a single 32 MB SIMM.

Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
4 MB 1
Details: N/A
Dedicated* VRAM SIMM*
Details: *This model has 512k of onboard VRAM and a single slot that accepts a 256k 80 ns VRAM SIMM.
512k* 768k*
Details: *512k of VRAM is soldered onboard. A single VRAM slot accepts a 256k VRAM SIMM for a maximum total of 768k of VRAM.
14" Color 640x480
Details: 14" Sony Trinitron RGB display.
Single Display* Variable*
Details: *This model can support a second display with the addition of an LC PDS video card. By default, it only supports a single display.
80 MB, 160 MB* SCSI
Details: *By default, this model is configured with either an 80 MB or 160 MB internal SCSI hard drive.
2X CD-ROM 1.44 MB (Auto)
Details: N/A
None None
Details: N/A
1 LC PDS None
Details: There are no free expansion bays.
All-in-One Macintosh LC 520
Details: N/A
N/A Mac Performa 520
Details: N/A
M1640 56
Details: Please note that these identifiers commonly refer to multiple models.

Also see: All Macs with the M1640 Model Number and 56 Gestalt ID.

For more about identifiers and how to locate them on modern Macs, please refer to's Mac Identification section.
3.6V Lithium N/A
Details: N/A
7.1P 7.1P-7.5.1, 7.5.3-7.6.1
Details: Earlier and later versions of the Macintosh System/Finder and Mac OS are not supported.

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17.9 x 13.5 x 16.5 40.5 lbs (18.4 kg)
Details: In inches - height by width by depth, (45.5 cm, 34.3 cm, 41.9 cm).
Details: Photo Credit: Apple Computer, Inc.

Click on a category 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.

None None
Details: N/A
2 1 (DB-25)
Details: N/A
2 None
Details: Serial ports are marked by printer and modem icons.
None None
Details: N/A
None None
Details: N/A
1 (PlainTalk) None
Details: N/A
1 (8-Bit Stereo) 1 (Front-Mounted)
Details: N/A
1 None
Details: N/A
1 N/A
Details: 90V-264V AC, 47-63 Hz Frequency, 40 Max Watts.

Icon Credit: Apple Computer, Inc.

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