Welcome to the MacNN Forums.

If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above. You may have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below.

You are here: MacNN Forums > Enthusiast Zone > Classic Macs and Mac OS > Who have a Power Macintosh 5500?

Who have a Power Macintosh 5500?
Thread Tools
Seagull
Guest
Status:
Reply With Quote
Mar 19, 2000, 10:17 AM
 
Nothing serious, I am just wondering if there is many people using a Power Macintosh 5500 out there.

If you use one and could post something interesting about it, that would be nice.

[This message has been edited by Seagull (edited 03-20-2000).]
     
Senior User
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Alexandria, VA USA
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Mar 21, 2000, 10:13 AM
 
Almost, I have a 5200/75LC. Ive heard that a swap is possible w/ the mb from the 5500. I would like to do this, but every board I see is overpriced.

Besides that, its a decent Mac (tho a bit slow) the form factor is excellent.
     
Seagull
Guest
Status:
Reply With Quote
Mar 21, 2000, 11:04 AM
 
Keda, the Mac you have and the Power Mac 5500 are very different. The 5500 has either a 225MHz, 250MHz or 275MHz so it is much faster.
     
Senior User
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Alexandria, VA USA
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Mar 21, 2000, 04:45 PM
 
I know, but they look the same and both have slide out mother boards. According to lowend Mac, it is possible to do the swap. But, like I said, the cost is not worth it.
     
Seagull
Guest
Status:
Reply With Quote
Mar 21, 2000, 09:08 PM
 
Keda, the Mac you have is one of those rare one which have the slowest PowerPC processor, the PowerPC 603. The Power Mac 5500 is much more "modern". It is interesting that Sun Remarketing is selling a Power Mac 5500/225 for $949.00. http://www2.sunrem.com/sun01.w?pt=115-550
     
Seagull
Guest
Status:
Reply With Quote
Mar 21, 2000, 09:12 PM
 
It is also interesting that the Power Mac 5500 and 6500 are very similar. Although one is in an all-in-one case and one is in a tower case, they are both built on the Gazella architecture. The processors, memory, level 2 cache, etc. are very much the same. If the 5500 and 6500 are upgraded with one of the G3 cards, they become very fast as you can see in the results for a Power Mac 6500 http://www.macspeedzone.com/5.0/upgr...s/6500225.html

[This message has been edited by Seagull (edited 03-21-2000).]
     
Dedicated MacNNer
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Oberlin, OH, USA
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Mar 21, 2000, 11:46 PM
 
The 5500 was mostly sold in the education market. Our school bought a bunch of them, along with all in one G3s (not iMacs, translucent light gray-ish tops with holes in them). They are all 225MHz versions.

------------------
Simon Kornblith
Computer Consultant
Programmer
     
Seagull
Guest
Status:
Reply With Quote
Mar 22, 2000, 05:52 AM
 
Simon, are the 5500 at your school have a level 2 cache in each of them? If they do, can you see how large and can you run the MacBench 5 from http://www.macbench.com/ program to see what you get for the CPU score and FPU score.
     
Senior User
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Alexandria, VA USA
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Mar 22, 2000, 02:57 PM
 
The 5200/75LC has the distinction of being THE slowest PowerMac ever made. I have an old MacWorld where they bench it against a 6100. Despite the 601v.603, the 6100 wins.

Ive seen the prices at sun. As I said before...overpriced. I got my 5200 w/a Color Classic for $200, at a Mac User Group sale. The 5500 is an outdated machine. Especially when you can buy iMacs for less than that. But , Id still love to find a cheap 5500 board.
     
Senior User
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Boston, MA
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Mar 24, 2000, 08:08 PM
 
I only know a few things about the Apple Power Macintosh 5500. Just off the top of my head, I remember:

Introduction Date: March 1, 1997
Discontinued Date: August 31, 1998
Processor Type: PowerPC 603e
Processor Speed: 275 MHz
Processor Upgrade: N/A
FPU (Integrated): PowerPC 603e
System Bus Speed: 50 MHz
Lookaside Bus Speed: 50 MHz
ROM Size: 4 MB
Data Path: 64-bit
Level 1 Cache: 32k
Level 2 Cache: 512k
RAM Type: 70 ns 168-pin DIMM
VRAM Type: Dedicated DRAM
Standard RAM: 32 MB
Maximum RAM: 128 MB
Motherboard RAM: None
RAM Slots: 2
Standard VRAM: 2 MB
Maximum VRAM: 2 MB
Standard Hard Drive: 4.0 GB
Int. Hard Drive Type: ATA
Standard CD-ROM: 24X
Standard Disk: 1.44 MB (manual)
Standard Modem: 33.6k
Standard Ethernet: 10Base-T
Case Type: All-in-One (Black)
Form Factor: Power Mac 5200
Exp. Slots: LC, TV, Vid, Comm.
Battery Type: 4.5V Alkaline
Built-in Display: 15" Color
Supported MacOS: 7.5.5, 7.6.1-8.6, 9.0
Dimensions: 17.5 x 15.1 x 16.0 in
Avg. Weight: 47 lbs.
Est. Current Price: $600-$800 US
     
Seagull
Guest
Status:
Reply With Quote
Mar 24, 2000, 08:32 PM
 
Anthony, I know all those info. It can easily be found at http://www.everymac.com/

Guess what wrong with those information. The Power Mac 5500 has one 7" PCI expansion slot but the info there said that it has an LC slot, that's wrong.
     
   
Thread Tools
Forum Links
Forum Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On
Top
Privacy Policy
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:26 PM.
All contents of these forums © 1995-2014 MacNN. All rights reserved.
Branding + Design: www.gesamtbild.com
vBulletin v.3.8.8 © 2000-2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2