Your favoirite clasic mac?

Discussion in 'Apple Collectors' started by macEfan, Feb 20, 2006.

  1. macEfan macrumors 65816


    Apr 7, 2005
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    What is your favorite mac made from 1984-1995?

    I like the Powermac 7500 becasuse of its upgradability. It had 8 ram slots, so you can put like 1gb of ram in. It had room for 2 hard drives and was very easy to upgrade. It could run OS 9 fairly well, and it also was had a small form factor.

    so what vintage system do you guys like the best?
  2. velocityg4 macrumors 68040


    Dec 19, 2004
    My favorite is the IIvx. This was my first Macintosh and my introduction to the platform. If it wasn't for this machine I would probably be a Windows zealot. It was a 68030 33mhz with FPU, 5 MB RAM, 512 KB VRAM, 80 MB Hard Drive, and 2x CD-ROM running System 7.1.

    As far as my favorite design I would choose the IIcx/ci. I really liked the look of the case. One can only dream that Apple will one day reuse the case designs of the Mac II and Quadra series of computers, instead of what they use now.
  3. RacerX macrumors 65832

    Aug 2, 2004
    Mine would have to be the Quadra 900/950 series. Talk about your monster systems of the day... there wasn't anything like them on the market.
    Looking at the Quadra 950:
    Motorola 68040 at 33 Mhz
    16 memory slot for a maximum of 256 MB of RAM
    5 NuBus slots and 1 Processor Direct slot
    Shipped with 1 MB of VRAM, expandable to 2 MB
    Two independent SCSI buses (7 IDs each, one internal, one external)
    Room for up to four internal drives, and first to include CD-ROM drive as an option
    Built in ethernet
    Stereo audio in and out ports​
    When compared to systems from other venders at the time, it stands out. There were no comparable PCs in 1992, but SGI, Sun and NeXT all had systems in the same power (and price) range.

    From Silicon Graphics, the IRIS Indigo Workstation. The system that SGI put up against the Quadra was running an MIPS R3000 processor at 33 MHz (and benchmarked slightly faster than the 68040 at 33 MHz). It had memory expandable up to 96 MB, two expansion slots on the logic board, and the entry level system used an 8 bit graphics board (SGI used a dither effect controlled by the main processor that produced something that look somewhere between 8 bit and 16 bit color on screen). Like the Quadra, this system also included ethernet, audio in and out. There is room for three drives (on a single SCSI bus) and the internal drives are limited in size (hard drives, floppy or tape... no room for a CD-ROM).

    SGI had aimed this system squarely at the desktop graphics market. Many people at SGI wore T-shirts with the letters MOM on them... meaning Move Over Macintosh.

    Sun Microsystems was offering the SPARCstation IPX. Also slightly faster than the Quadra, it only had room for one internal hard drive... but the form factor lets you stack up addition parts in a tower (I have such a configuration in front of me right now, made up of two external hard drives, a SPARCclassic and an external CD-ROM drive). It was also limited to 64 MB of RAM. They were advertising these in MacWeek.

    And of course there was NeXT's NeXTstation Turbo Color. These systems came with the same 68040 processor at 33 MHz that the Quadras did. They also came with a DSP coprocessor (like the Quadra 840av would later include) and were able to display 16 bit color. Memory topped out at 128 MB of RAM, and there was room for a single SCSI hard drive, they had audio in/out ports, ethernet and used ADB for connecting the keyboard and mouse.

    Of course the main difference between the Quadra and it's competitors was that they were all using some form of Unix. The Quadra also had the option of coming with Apple's Unix OS installed. A/UX 3.0.1 runs great on these systems... but it usually jumped the price of the system up by about $1,000.

    Anyways, I happen to like the Quadra 900/950 series. I still use a 950 today... and also have an IRIS Indigo and SPARCclassic (a later budget version of the SPARCstation IPX) in my collection. All Titans of the early 90's. :D
  4. aquajet macrumors 68020

    Feb 12, 2005
    Mac Plus, merely for the fact that it was my first.
  5. MacMosher macrumors 6502


    Jan 5, 2006
    Same so many memories of playing games on this when I was younger :(
  6. 5300cs macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2002
  7. Thom_Edwards macrumors regular

    Apr 11, 2003
    the quadra 650. if you can believe it, it had a cd drive in it! i could actually listen to music on my computer! those were the days...

    seriously, though, at that time i was heavy into electronic music composition/producing/whatever-you-want-to-call-it. i was just getting back into a little programming, too. and the internet boom was just kicking off, so that was a pretty cool thing to be able to do. (not that it was the only computer that could do that, but the internet added to the wow factor of that particular machine.) it could handle any and everything i threw at it. like a previous poster mentioned about the higher-end quadras, these machines were definitely the best machines money could buy within 'reason'. (if i remember correctly, i paid $2500 for it around '94.) i loved that thing. i ran that until the bondi blue imacs came out, but still kept it around for quite a while just for sentimental purposes.
  8. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    Has to be the SE/30

    Ultra-upgradable (I have 128 MB of RAM, a 9 GB drive, and an Ethernet card in mine,) and can run BSD.

    I've seen people who have crammed in a 68040 upgrade, an Ethernet card, and the rare video card that enables grayscale on the internal screen; then put a IIsi ROM in, and run OS 8.1 on it. It's just insane.

    Second fave would have to be my PPC upgraded PowerBook 520c. With its PCMCIA adapter, I can boot off a 2 GB CompactFlash card faster than the internal hard drive, and use WiFi. (It makes a nice silent 'news & email' computer in the bedroom.)
  9. macEfan thread starter macrumors 65816


    Apr 7, 2005
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    wow, nice SE/30! you got a 9gb hard drive in there? I'm surprised it doesn't get to hot inside your case....and that the power supply is not overworked.
  10. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    The PSU is failing. I run it off an external power supply. :) (And I have an extra fan in there, because it is a 10,000 RPM drive.)
  11. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

    Lord Blackadder

    May 7, 2004
    Sod off
    The entire Quadra line IMHO was very strong and coupled with System 7.1 it was one of the highlights of the inter-Steve era. I had (and still have) a Quadra 610 back in '93 and it was so sleek and elegant compared to PCs of the day, not to mention powerful.

    Jeebus, that's a hard working SE...:eek:
  12. portent macrumors 6502a

    Feb 17, 2004
    The Macintosh IIfx was an awesome system. $10,000 (US, base price) bought you a 40MHz 68030, parity RAM, and 6502 I/O processors.

    Rumor has it that the IIfx was designed under a government contract.

    Not until the G5 Quad was any Macintosh so massively over-engineered.
  13. Patmian212 macrumors 68020


    Apr 11, 2004
  14. im_to_hyper macrumors 65816


    Aug 25, 2004
    Glendale, California, USA
    In terms of "classics" the Classic II was my first ever Mac that I owned. $5 at a garage sale.

    I also love my 3400c laptop with OS 9.2.2 using OS Helper. Hopefully patimian will be buying that soon from me :D.

    I found some GUI enhancements for OS 9 to make it look Aqua-esque. There is even a dock program that I am using for it, too.

    (Its really cool :D)
  15. rob0602 macrumors newbie

    Feb 27, 2006
    Your favourite Classic Mac

    Mine is the PowerMac 7760 - 2 SCSI 4Gb HDD and a 604e processor at 200Mhz - allied to Ethernet, CD Rom, USB card fitted in the PCI slot(s), Voodoo Vid card, 100Mg RAM, 56Modem (External) and an HP Printer running Office 98 for the Mac

    Heaven it was

    Very good friend virtually gave it to me with a copy of OS9.1 and I was sold in 10 mins!

    Still have it in the loft - it's there with an UMAX Mac Clone and my old 1st generation iMac 400

    So the collection is growing!

  16. Maxwell Smart macrumors 6502a

    Maxwell Smart

    Jan 29, 2006
    Sounds cool, if you don't mind could you post the aqua and the dock programs that you found? :D
  17. kntgsp macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2004
    I just remember my first computer being an Apple IIc. Good memories. Lots of frustration trying to play X-Wing on that when i was like 10.
  18. ezekielrage_99 macrumors 68040


    Oct 12, 2005
    The Apple IIe

    God I loved playing Frogger on that computer when I was a kid :D
  19. macEfan thread starter macrumors 65816


    Apr 7, 2005
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    sigh that brings back memories :) I used to have one of those too, complete with external disk drive and Little monitor. Sadly, I got an apple IIGS and tossed the poor IIC in the garbage :( Im still mad at myself for doing that. I still have my LC II though, but it doesn't get much use.
  20. mjstew33 macrumors 601


    May 29, 2005
    I'm not sure if this counts, but, uhhh... the PowerBook G3 Pismo. God, I love that machine. I have a Lombard now...
  21. trogdor! macrumors regular

    Mar 7, 2006
    I loved the SE/30 and the MacIIfx, both of which I have owned before.
  22. JDW macrumors regular


    Jul 12, 2005
    SE/30 Upgrades Galore

    I saw your other post saying you have a PB520 running off a 2GB CF. You can put a CF in your SE/30, eliminating noise and extra power consumption, with this Japanese product:
  23. DougTheImpaler macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2006
    Central Illinois
    PowerBook 3400c. I still have mine...the trackpad's mouse button came off (but is still functional) and the screen flops around like it has a broken neck...but I still love it. I'm thinking of buying a new one and transferring my 128MB of memory to it. It's a great little machine.

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