Quicksilver 2002 Power Mac G4

Apple first hit the 1 GHz mark in January 2002 – and doubled 1 GHz G4 performance with a dual-processor model. Although these look like the earlier Quicksilver model, they run 800 MHz, 933 MHz, and dual 1 GHz G4 processors.

Quicksilver 2002 Power Mac G4These were the first Macs to officially support hard drives over 128 GB on the built-in Ultra ATA/66 (ATA-5) hard drive bus, although reader reports indicate that the earlier Quicksilver model sometimes does so, depending on the logic board installed.

Apple’s claim of “four USB ports” is a lie: There are two on the computer and two on the keyboard, just like earlier G4s. When the keyboard is plugged in, you only have three available, and when you add a USB mouse, you only have two available.

The Quicksilver 2002s also have faster video cards. The G4/800 ships with an ATI Radeon 7000, while the two faster machines have nVidia GeForce4 with 64 MB of video memory.

Quicksilver models support up to 1.5 GB of RAM.

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  • introduced 2002.01.28 with 800 MHz at $1,599, 933 MHz at $2,299, and 1 GHz dual at $2,999; replaced by Mirrored Drive Door on 2002.08.13
  • shipped with Mac OS 9.2.2 and  OS X 10.1.2, requires Mac OS 9.2.2 through 10.4 Tiger, 10.5 Leopard not officially supported on 800 MHz model but will run
  • CPU: 800/933/dual 1,000 MHz PowerPC 7455
  • Bus: 133 MHz
  • Performance:
    • Geekbench 2 (Leopard): 824 (1 GHz dual), 448 (933 single)
    • Geekbench 2 (Tiger): 841 (1 GHz dual), 525 (933 single)
  • L2 cache: 256 KB on-chip L2 cache
  • L3 cache: 2 MB per processor of Double Data Rate (DDR) SRAM on 933 MHz and dual 1 GHz models, effectively runs at 1/2 CPU speed
  • RAM: 256 MB standard (512 MB in dual processor model), expandable to 1.5 GB using PC133 SDRAM (3.3V, unbuffered, 64-bit, 168-pin, 133 MHz) in 3 DIMM slots
  • VRAM: 32 MB on ATI card, 64 MB on nVidia card
  • Video: AGP 4x ATI Radeon 7000 on 800 MHz model, nVidia GeForce4 MX on 933 MHz and dual 1 GHz models; VGA and ADC ports (no DVI)
  • Hard drive: 40/60/80 GB 7200 rpm UltraATA/66. Maximum IDE drive size is 128 GB without third-party support. See caution note below.
  • CD-RW (32x CD, 12x CD-R, 10x CD-RW) on base model
    Combo drive optional for $100 more
    SuperDrive CD-RW/DVD-R drive (2x DVD-R, 4x DVD, 8x CD-R, 4x CD-RW, 24x CD) on faster models
  • internal Zip 250 drive (optional)
  • 4 64-bit PCI slots
  • internal 56k modem
  • Microphone: no input jack, requires use of USB device
  • FireWire 400: 2 ports
  • USB: 2 USB 1.1 ports
  • Ethernet: 10/100/gigabit
  • antenna and connector for AirPort card
  • size (HxWxD): 17.0″ x 8.9″ x 18.4″
  • Weight: 30.0 lb.
  • Gestalt ID: n/a
  • model no.: M8705 (800 MHz), M8666 (933 MHz), M8667 (1 GHz dual)
  • PRAM battery: 3.6V half-AA
  • upgrade path: none yet, although CPU upgrades are likely

Accelerators & Upgrades

Online Resources


  • Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard boot times for Power Mac with GeForce 6200 fall into the 4-5 minute range, and it was initially suggested that you install Leopard with the Mac’s original video card installed to avoid slowing down the process. “gotoh” has posted the fix in The Mac Elite Forum. The delay is due to Leopard not supporting temperature sensors in G4 Macs. Simply remove AppleHWSensor.kext from /System/Library/Extensions, and the delay goes away.

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