Power Macintosh 7200
a.k.a. Power Mac 7215/90
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The 7200 was the entry level second-generation Power Mac, the first group of Apple computers to use the PCI bus. Originally produced in 75 MHz and 90 MHz versions, the slower model was phased out when the 120 MHz model was introduced in March 1996.
Apple introduced a brand new case design with the 7200 and 7500, one with a slide-off cover, an extra internal drive bay, and a flip-up drive/power supply assembly, providing easy access to the motherboard.
Performance can be significantly improved by adding a level 2 cache and upgrading VRAM to 2 or 4 MB. Unlike the simultaneously introduced 7500, 8500, and 9500, the 7200 uses a 64-bit memory and cache bus, one reason for its slower performance.
Overall, a pretty good computer, but we call it a Compromised Mac due to poor implementation of the promised upgrade path. It wasn't until late 2000 that Sonnet managed to create an accelerator for this computer.
- 7200/75 introduced 1995.08.08 at $1,600; discontinued 1996.03.16
- 7200/90 introduced 1995.08.08 at $2,100; discontinued 1996.05.18
- 7200/120 introduced 1996.04.22; discontinued
- requires System 7.5.2 (with System Enabler 701 v1.1) through 9.1
- CPU: 75/90/120 MHz PPC 601
- bus: 37.5/45/40 MHz
- performance: XXX (relative to SE)
- ROM: 4 MB
- RAM: 8 MB, expandable to 256 MB using 70ns 168-pin DIMMs (8 sockets), Apple notes "128 MB DIMMs can be used, but have not been tested" - this would bring total RAM to 512 MB.
- VRAM: 1 MB, expandable to 4 MB
- Video: supports resolutions to 1152 x 870 (1280 x 1024 with 2 MB or more VRAM)
- L2 cache: optional
- PCI slots: 3
- microphone: standard 3.5mm minijack, compatible with line-level input including Apple's PlainTalk microphone
- ADB: 1 port for keyboard and mouse
- serial: 2 DIN-8 GeoPorts on back of computer
- SCSI: DB-25 connector on back of computer
- ethernet: AAUI and 10Base-T connectors on back of computer
- upgrade path: 7300/7500/7600 motherboard + CPU daughtercard, possibly to G3
- power: 150W
- PRAM battery: 3.6V half-AA
- height: 6.15 in
- width: 14.4 in
- depth: 16.9 in
- weight: 22.0 lb
- Gestalt ID: 108
Accelerators & Upgrades
- Sonnet Crescendo G3 7200, 400 MHz G3 & G4 upgrades
- 7500/7600/7300 or G3 motherboard (7300 also requires 7300 power supply)
- having 2 MB or 4 MB of VRAM improves performance
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- Apple Computer will consider this computer vintage as of July 16, 2001 in the United States and July 23, 2001 in Canada. As of that date, service parts will only be available for units purchased in California and being serviced within California.
- don't use EDO RAM in the 7200
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