PowerBook G4 (Gigabit Ethernet)


Family: PowerBook G3/G4

Codename: Onyx

Gestalt ID: 406

Minimum OS: 9.2.1

Maximum OS: 10.4.11

Introduced: October 2001

Terminated: July 2002


CPU: PowerPC 7450 "G4"

CPU Speed: 550/667 MHz

FPU: integrated

Bus Speed: 100/133 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

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


Minimum RAM Speed: 133 MHz

Onboard RAM: 0 MB

RAM slots: 2

Maximum RAM: 1 GB

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


Screen: 15.2" active matrix TFT

Monitor: 24 bit 1152x768

GPU: ATI Radeon Mobility 4x AGP


Video Out: VGA, S-Video


Hard Drive: 20 GB (550 MHz)/30 GB (667 MHz) /48 GB BTO

ATA Bus: ATA-66

Optical Drive: 6X DVD-ROM or 24x8x4x4x CD-RW/DVD-ROM


USB: 2

Firewire: 1

Audio Out: 16 bit stereo mini

Speaker: stereo

Microphone: mono


Modem: 56 kBs

Ethernet: 10/100/1000BaseT

Wi-Fi: optional 802.11b (standard in 667 MHz)


Power: 50 Watts

Dimensions: 1" H x 13.4" W x 9.5" D

Weight: 5.3 lbs.

Announced in October 2001, the PowerBook G4 (Gigabit Ethernet) was a speed-bump to the original PowerBook G4. In addition to faster processor speeds, the Powerbook G4 (GE) included a better graphics card, an on-chip L2 cache, and a faster system bus on the high-end model.

The PowerBook G4 (Gigabit Ethernet) shipped in two configurations. The 550 MHz model, with 128 MB of RAM and a 20 GB hard drive was $2,199, and the 667 MHz model, with 256 MB of RAM, a 133 MHz system-bus, a 30 GB hard drive and a pre-installed Airport card was $2,999. There was also a 512 MB/48 GB/Airport BTO configuration for $3599.

Just a few weeks later, the G4 (Gigabit) was further enhanced, with the inclusion of a CD-R/DVD-ROM "Combo Drive," and twice the ammount of RAM across the entire line.

Picture Credits:
John Greenleigh/Flipside Studios
Apple, Inc.