Power Computing PowerCurve

The PowerCurve was a desktop computer with a 120 MHz PPC 601 processor. The CPU is on a daughter card for easy upgrade. It was the first Power Computing clone to use PCI slots instead of NuBus. It was also the first to use VGA instead of Apple’s larger 15-pin video connector.
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Power Computing PowerCurveTanzania-based computers will not boot with a dead PRAM battery. Try replacing the battery before attempting to replace the power supply on a “dead” PowerCurve.


  • introduced 1996.01.09 at $2,100
  • Gestalt ID: 108 (same as the Power Mac 7200)

Mac OS

  • requires System 7.5.2 through 9.1

Core Systems

  • CPU: 120 MHz PPC 601
  • L2 cache: 256 KB standard, 512 KB and 1 MB supported
  • bus: 40 MHz
  • RAM: 8 MB, expandable to 256 MB using 168-pin 70ns or faster DIMMs in 4 DIMM slots


  • Graphics: 1, 2, or 4 MB VRAM, supports 512 x 384 to 1280 x 1024
  • VGA video port


  • hard drive: 850 MB or larger SCSI
  • CD-ROM: 4x SCSI drive


  • ADB: 1 port for keyboard and mouse
  • two miniDIN-8 GeoPorts on back of computer
  • SCSI: DB-25 connector on back of computer
  • ethernet: AAUI and 10Base-T connectors on back of computer
  • PCI slots: 3


  • power: 145W
  • size (HxWxD), desktop: 4.4″x16.8″x16.0″
  • weight: 21.0 lb
  • PRAM battery: 3.6V half-AA

Accelerators & Upgrades

Online Resources

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