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Seagull Mar 19, 2000 09:17 AM
Who have a Power Macintosh 5500?
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.

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Keda Mar 21, 2000 09:13 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 Mar 21, 2000 10:04 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.
Keda Mar 21, 2000 03:45 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 Mar 21, 2000 08:08 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.
Seagull Mar 21, 2000 08:12 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

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Simon Kornblith Mar 21, 2000 10:46 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
Seagull Mar 22, 2000 04:52 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 program to see what you get for the CPU score and FPU score.
Keda Mar 22, 2000 01:57 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.
Anthony the PC lover Mar 24, 2000 07:08 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 Mar 24, 2000 07:32 PM
Anthony, I know all those info. It can easily be found at

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.
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