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Apple Power Macintosh 6500/225The Apple Power Macintosh 6500/225, based on the Gazelle architecture, features a 225 MHz PowerPC 603e processor, 32 MB of RAM, a 2.0 GB or 3.0 GB hard drive, a 12X CD-ROM drive, 2D/3D graphics acceleration, and an SRS 3D surround sound system with subwoofer packed in a sleek, rounded tower case.

There were two different configurations of this model. One configuration for the education market (M5606LL/A), shipped with a 2.0 GB hard drive and an internal Zip drive, and another for the consumer market, shipped with a 3.0 GB hard drive but without the Zip drive (M5611LL/A).

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February 17, 1997 March 14, 1998
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 1997.
225 MHz PowerPC 603e
Details: This model has a 32-bit processor and a 64-bit data path.
Third-Party* Integrated
Details: *A variety of third-party processor upgrades and accelerators were available.
50 MHz N/A
Details: N/A
Macintosh ROM 4 MB
Details: N/A
32k 256k
Details: N/A
168-pin DIMM 60 ns
Details: Supports two 60 ns 168-pin DIMMs.
32 MB 128 MB
Details: This model can support up to 128 MB of RAM with two 64 MB memory modules.

Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
None 2
Details: RAM cannot be interleaved to improve performance.
Dedicated* SGRAM*
Details: *2 MB of onboard 60 ns SGRAM is dedicated to video function.
2 MB 2 MB
Details: VRAM cannot be upgraded.
Single Display* 832x624*
Details: *By default, this model supports a single display at 512x384, 640x480, 800x600 or 832x624 at 24-bit, 1024x768 or 1152x870 at 16-bit and 1280x1024 at 8-bit.
Single Display* Variable*
Details: *This model can support a second display with the addition of a video card. By default, it only supports a single display.
2.0 GB, 3.0 GB IDE
Details: By default, this model is configured with a 2.0 GB or 3.0 GB internal IDE hard drive. It does not support an internal SCSI hard drive without the addition of a PCI card.
12X CD-ROM 1.44 MB (Manual)
Details: By default, this model is configured with a 12X CD-ROM drive.
36.6k (Internal)* None*
Details: *By default, systems for the consumer market have an internal 36.6k modem installed in the Comm-II slot. Education models do not. 10Base-T Ethernet was available as an optional upgrade.
2 PCI, Comm-II, Video In, TV* None**
Details: *This model has two PCI slots as well as Comm-II, TV, and video input expansion slots. In consumer targeted configurations, the Comm-II slot was occupied by a modem.

*If a Zip drive was not pre-installed, there is one front-facing 5.25" drive bay intended for a Zip drive.
Tower Performa 6400
Details: N/A
M5611LL/A* Power Mac 6500
Details: *M5611LL/A refers to the consumer targeted model that shipped with a 3.0 GB hard drive. M5606LL/A refers to the education-only configuration that shipped with a 2.0 GB hard drive and a Zip 100 drive.
M3548 513
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.

Also see: All Macs with the M3548 Model Number and 513 Gestalt ID.

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4.5V Alkaline N/A
Details: N/A
7.5.5 7.5.5-9.1
Details: Earlier and later versions of the Macintosh System/Finder and Mac OS are not supported.

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16.0 x 7.8 x 16.9 44.5 lbs (20.2 kg)
Details: In inches - height by width by depth, (40.6 cm, 19.8 cm, 42.9 cm).
US$1800, US$2000 N/A
Details: Photo Credit: Apple Computer, Inc.

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1 (DB-15) None
Details: N/A
1 1 (DB-25)
Details: N/A
None 2*
Details: *Two Geoport serial ports standard (one printer, one modem).
1 (RJ-11)* None*
Details: *Internal modem standard in consumer-targeted configuration, absent in educational configuration. 10Base-T Ethernet was available as an optional upgrade.
None* None*
Details: *Video input/output capability offered as an optional upgrade.
1 (PlainTalk) 1 (Rear-Mounted)
Details: N/A
1 (16-Bit Stereo) 1 (Front-Mounted)
Details: N/A
1 None
Details: N/A
1 N/A
Details: 100V-125V or 200-240V AC, 47-63 Hz Frequency, 220 Max Watts.

Icon Credit: Apple Computer, Inc.

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