PowerBook G4 (17")


Family: PowerBook G3/G4

Codename: ?

Gestalt ID: 406

Minimum OS: 10.2.4

Maximum OS: 10.5.8

Introduced: January 2003


CPU: PowerPC 7455 "G4"

CPU Speed: 1.0 GHz

FPU: integrated

Bus Speed: 166 MHz

Register Width: 32-bit

Data Bus Width: 64-bit

Address Bus Width: 32-bit

Level 1 Cache: 32 kB data, 32 kB instruction

Level 2 Cache: 256 kB on-processor

Level 3 Cache: 1 MB backside, 2:1

ROM: 1 MB ROM + 3 MB toolbox ROM loaded into RAM


Minimum RAM Speed: 333 MHz

Onboard RAM: 0 MB

RAM slots: 2

Maximum RAM: 1 GB

Expansion Slots: 1 PC Card (Type I or II)


Screen: 17" active matrix TFT

Monitor: 24 bit 1440x900

GPU: NVIDIA GeForce4 440 Go 4x AGP


Video Out: DVI, S-Video


Hard Drive: 60 GB 4200 RPM

ATA Bus: Ultra ATA-100

Optical Drive: 24x/8x/8x6x/1x/1x CD-RW/DVD-RW


USB: 2

Firewire: 1

Firewire800: 1

Audio Out: 16 bit stereo mini

Audio In: 16 bit stereo mini

Speaker: stereo

Microphone: mono


Modem: 56 kbps

Ethernet: 10/100/1000BaseT

Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g card

Bluetooth: internal


Power: 55 Watts

Dimensions: 1" H x 15.4" W x 10.2" D

Weight: 6.8 lbs.

Announced in January 2003, The PowerBook G4 (17") boasted the largest screen of any portable then available. With a staggering 1440x900 17" screen, the PowerBook G4 was the most full-featured laptop Apple had ever sold. Built around a 1-inch thick aluminum case, the 17" G4 included several Apple firsts: It was the first Mac to include FireWire 800, Apple's new high-speed flavor of IEEE 1394, and one of the first Macs to include internal BlueTooth and AirPort Extreme, Apple's implementation of the 54 Mbps 802.11g wireless standard.

The 17" G4 also featured PC2700 Double Data Rate RAM (a PowerBook first), and a 64 MB NVIDIA GeForce4 440 Go graphics card. It shipped in a single configuration, with 512 MB of RAM, and a 60 GB hard driive, for $3299.

Picture Credits:
Apple, Inc.