Power Macintosh 8100
a.k.a. 8115, Workgroup Server 8150
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The 8100/80 was the fastest Power Mac when Apple introduced the line in March 1994, and the only model to ship from the factory with a 256 KB level 2 cache installed.
Built into the Quadra 800 case, the 8100 contains three NuBus slots and a PDS. Like the other first-generation Power Macs, the 8100 uses RAM for video (up to 615 KB, depending on resolution and bit-depth). It also has a separate PDS card with VRAM, making it very easy to work with two monitors. For best performance, use the video card, not motherboard video.
The 8100 was upgraded to 100 MHz January 1995, and a 110 MHz version was added in January 1995. It was replaced by the 8500 in August 1995.
See our NuBus Video Card Guide for information on adding a video card.
Note that these so-called NuBus upgrades do not go into a NuBus slot; they derive their name from the fact that they work in NuBus Power Macs. The processor upgrades fit into the PDS (Processor Direct Slot) which is normally occupied by a video card on the 8100. These cards may also include a pass through connector (which may be an extra cost option) allowing you to plug the PDS video card into the upgrade card.
8100av. Includes video-in and video-out. Supports 19" and 21" monitors. Has 2 MB VRAM. (AV card can be added to any 8100 with a free PDS slot.)
- 8100/80 introduced 1994.03.14 at $4,200; discontinued 1995.01.03
8100/80av introduced 1994.03.14; discontinued 1995.01.03
8100/100 introduced 1995.01.03, discontinued 1995.10.14
8100/100av introduced 1995.01.03, discontinued 1995.08.05
8100/110 introduced 1994.11.03, discontinued 1995.08.05
- requires System 7.1.2 through 9.1 (80 MHz), System 7.5 through 9.1 (100 MHz)
- CPU: 80-110 MHz PPC 601
- bus: 33-40 MHz
- performance: 2.6/3.3 (80 MHz/110 MHz, relative to Centris 650); 35.77 (80 MHz), MacBench 2.0; 4.18, 80 MHz, Speedometer 4
- ROM: 4 MB
- RAM: 8 MB on motherboard, expandable to 264 MB using pairs of 80ns 72-pin SIMMs in 8 SIMM sockets. Supports 4, 8, 16, and 32 MB SIMMs. Will not recognize more than 32 MB per SIMM even if you install 64 MB SIMMs.
- VRAM: none on motherboard, 2 MB on PDS video card (expandable to 4 MB), 2 MB on AV card (not expandable)
- internal supports thousands of colors at 640 x 480 and 256 colors at 832 x 642
- 2 MB PDS card and AV card support millions of colors at 640 x 480 and 832 x 624, thousands of colors at 1024 x 768 and 1152 x 870
- 4 MB PDS card supports millions of colors at 640 x 480, 832 x 624, 1024 x 768, and 1152 x 870
- L2 cache: 256 KB standard, supports 256 KB to 1 MB cache
- Hard drive: 250 MB to 2 GB
- CD-ROM: 2x standard
- 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 connector on back of computer, requires AAUI adapter
- NuBus slots: 3
- one PDS slot
- power: 200W
- PRAM battery: 3.6V half-AA
- height: 14.0 in
- width: 7.7 in
- depth: 15.75 in
- weight: 25.3 lb
- PRAM battery: 3.6V half-AA
- Gestalt ID: 65 (80 MHz), 55 (100 MHz), 40 (110 MHz)
Accelerators & Upgrades
- Guide to G3 Accelerators for NuBus Macs
- Chipping the Power Mac x100
- Because the 8100 uses up to 640 KB of system memory for video (unless you're using an AV card or NuBus video card), you can really boost video and system performance with a 1MB L2 cache.
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