The 7100 was the middle of the new PowerMac (PowerPC) range, boasting better performance and features than the 6100 but still a little way behind the top-of-the-line Power Mac 8100. Housed in a slightly re-styled Mac IIvi case (the same hideous case seen on the Mac IIvi, IIvx, and Quadra 650) the 7100 ran at a blistering 66MHz (later speed bumped to 80Mhz) a whole 6MHz faster than the 6100.
The Apple Power Macintosh 7100/80, based on the Carl Sagan (BHA, LAW) architecture, features a 80 MHz PowerPC 601 processor, 8 MB or 16 MB of RAM (expandable to 136Mb), and a 250 MB or 500 MB hard drive in a high-profile desktop case. Note: The 7100 has four RAM slots which, in theory allows 4x64Mb of main memory but, in reality, will only accept 32Mb modules. An optional CD-ROM drive was available, and four expansion slots (in stark contrast to the 6100′s single NuBus PDS slot) were included.
This model has HDI-45 for video. It included two Geoport serial ports standard (one printer, one modem). 1 x AAUI-15 Ethernet standard. Single microphone sound in port. Single rear-mounted sound out port. Finally, the usual SCSI (DB-25) and Apple Desktop Bus (ADB) keyboard & mouse port.
Video & Graphics:
The system has an HDI-45 port onboard that can use 640k of system memory for video and supports a display at 512×394 or 640×480 at 16-bit or 832×624 at 8-bit.
The Powermac 7100/80mHz was originall shipped with System 7.1.2 (which included a PowerPC enabler). Later operating systems, right through the classic range were supported including OS 8.6 and OS 9.1. Mac OS X is not supported by the first generation PowerPC architecture.
||January 3, 1995
||August 5, 1996
||This model has a 32-bit processor and a 64-bit data path.
|System Bus Speed:
||Cache Bus Speed:
||Min. RAM Speed:
||8 MB, 16 MB
||This model can support 136 MB of RAM with four 32 MB SIMMs and the 8 MB of onboard memory.
||*SIMMs must be installed in matching pairs.
|Standard Hard Drive:
||250 MB, 500 MB, 700 MB
||Int. HD Interface:
||*By default, this model is configured with a 700 MB internal SCSI hard drive.
||1.44 MB (Manual)
||1 601 PDS and 3 NuBus
|Apple Order No:
||Power Mac 7100
|Apple Model No:
||Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.
|Original Mac OS:
||Supported Mac OS:
||Earlier and later versions of the Macintosh System/Finder and Mac OS are not supported.
||6.0 x 13.0 x 16.5
||25.0 lbs (11.3 kg)