Macintosh Performa 6420/200 Specs

The Macintosh Performa 6420, released some 2 months after the Performa 6400/180 (Codenames: “InstaTower”, “Alchemy”, “Hacksaw”; also sold as the Power Macintosh 6400/200 and Performa 6400/200 Video Editing) is a mid-range personal computer that is a part of Apple Computer’s Macintosh Performa series of Macintosh computers. The two Performa variants were introduced in August 1996, while the Power Macintosh variant arrived two months later. They were discontinued in favor of the uniformly named Power Macintosh 6500 in August 1997, ending the Performa brand.


The Apple Macintosh Performa 6420/200 features a 200 MHz PowerPC 603e processor, 16 MB of RAM, a 2.4 GB hard drive, and an SRS 3D surround sound system with subwoofer in a sleek tower case. The Performa 6420/200 is identical to the Performa 6400/200, but the 6420/200 was sold in Europe and Asia. This model is the last Performa released in Europe and Asia, and newer Apple computers for the consumer market were added to the Power Macintosh series.

Video & Graphics:

The Performa 6420 supports 1 MB  of system RAM for video. By default, this model supports a single display at 640×480 or 800×600 at 16-bit or 832×624 or 1024×768 at 8-bit.


This model can support up to 136 MB of RAM with two 64 MB PowerMac 6500 portsmemory modules and 16MB soldered to the motherboard. It accepts 168 pin 60ns DIMMS.

Ports & Slots:

This model has two PCI slots as well as Comm-II, TV, and video input expansion slots.  It’s ports include DB-15 video, ADB port, DB-25 SCSI Ports, Two Geoport serial ports (Printer and Modem), Plaintalk 3.5mm jack, sound in port, stereo 16 bit sound out port, front mounted headphone port, TV and FM radio card (in expansion slot).

Introduction Date: November 12, 1996 Discontinued Date: August 1, 1997
Processor Speed: 200 MHz Processor Type: PowerPC 603e
Details: This model has a 32-bit processor and a 64-bit data path.
Processor Upgrade: Third-Party* FPU: Integrated
System Bus Speed: 40 MHz Cache Bus Speed: N/A
ROM/Firmware Type: Macintosh ROM ROM/Firmware Size: 4 MB
L1 Cache: 32k L2 Cache: 256k (Optional)
RAM Type: 168-pin DIMM Min. RAM Speed: 70 ns
Details: Supports two 70 ns 168-pin DIMMs.
Standard RAM: 16 MB, 32 MB Maximum RAM: 136 MB
Motherboard RAM: 8 MB RAM Slots: 2
Video Card: Integrated* VRAM Type: Integrated*
Details: *1 MB of system RAM is dedicated to video function.
Standard VRAM: 1 MB Maximum VRAM: 1 MB
Display Support: Single Display* Resolution Support: 800×600*
Standard Hard Drive: 2.4 GB Int. HD Interface: IDE
Standard Optical: 8X CD-ROM Standard Disk: 1.44 MB (Manual)
Standard Modem: 28.8k (Internal) Standard Ethernet: None*
Expansion Slots: 2 PCI, Comm, Video In, TV* Expansion Bays: None
Case Type: Tower Form Factor: Macintosh Performa 6400
Apple Order No: M5513J/A* Apple Subfamily: Performa 6400 Series
Apple Model No: M3548 Gestalt ID: 58
Battery Type: 4.5V Alkaline Battery Life: N/A
Original Mac OS: 7.5.3 Supported Mac OS: 7.5.3-9.1
Dimensions: 16.0 x 7.8 x 16.9 Avg. Weight: 44.5 lbs (20.2 kg)