Motorola StarMax 6000
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The 6000-series was the first and only Mac clone built using a CHRP (Common Hardware Reference Platform) motherboard. It was the only Mac clones with a G3 on the motherboard. It was also the last StarMax model, as Motorola exited the Mac clone business at the end of 1997. The 6000 was announced on July 30, 1997, reviewed on Webintosh on November 3, 1997, and appears never to have reached the market.
The StarMax 6000 shares many similarities with Apple's beige Power Mac G3, which was not a CHRP design.
- 6000/266. 266 MHz G3 processor
- 6000/300. 300 MHz G3 processor
- announced 1997.07.30, never shipped
- requires System 7.6.1 through 9.1
- CPU: 266-300 MHz PPC G3
- bus: 66 MHz
- RAM: 64 MB, expandable to 1 GB.
- VRAM: 1 MB on motherboard, 8 MB on video card
- Video: ixMicro Twin Turbo Graphics Accelerator with 15-pin SVGA port; 8 MB VRAM, resolutions and 24-bit color to 1920 x 1080
- L2 cache: 512 KB backside cache running at 133 MHz on 266 MHz model, 200 MHz on 300 MHz model.
- L3 cache: 1 MB on motherboard
- hard drive: 2 GB Ultra SCSI
- CD-ROM: 24x, probably SCSI
- SCSI: Ultra SCSI on motherboard
- PS/2 keyboard port
- PS/2 mouse port
- parallel port
- serial: RS-232 serial port
- no info on ADB or Mac serial ports
- ethernet: 10Base-T
- PCI slots: 5 slots on riser card
Accelerators & Upgrades
- none known
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- Sonata SD, Sonnet Tech, 2004.06.01. First new PCI video card for the Mac in ages sells for just US$99, supports OS 7.5.3 and later plus OS X 10.1.5 and later, works with VGA or old Mac monitors, 16 MB VRAM.
- StarMax-Talk, Yahoo! Groups. An email list for Motorola StarMax and related clones.
- Yesterday's Future Tomorrow, Webintosh, 1997.11.03. Review of StarMax 6000 prototype running Mac OS 7.6.1.
- StarMax 6000/266, specs at EveryMac.
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