Power Macintosh 7200

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Power Macintosh 7200 / Power Macintosh 7215 / Power Macintosh 8200 / Apple Workgroup Server 7250
A Power Macintosh 7200/90
Also known as "Catalyst"[1]
Developer Apple Computer, Inc.
Product family Power Macintosh, Workgroup Server
Release date August 8, 1995 (1995-08-08)
Introductory price US$1,700 (equivalent to $2,730 in 2017)
Discontinued February 17, 1997 (1997-02-17)
Operating system System 7.5.2 - Mac OS 9.1
CPU PowerPC 601 @ 75 - 120 MHz
Memory 8 MB, expandable to 512 MB (70 ns 168-pin DIMM)
Dimensions Height: 6.15 inches (15.6 cm)
Width: 14.37 inches (36.5 cm)
Depth: 16.93 inches (43.0 cm)
Weight 22 pounds (10.0 kg)
Predecessor Power Macintosh 7100
Successor Power Macintosh 7300

The Power Macintosh 7200 (sold as a Power Macintosh 8200 in Europe) is a personal computer designed, manufactured, and sold by Apple Computer, Inc. from August 1995 to February 1997. The 90 MHz model was sold in Japan as the Power Macintosh 7215, and the 120 MHz model with bundled server software as the Apple Workgroup Server 7250. When sold as the 8200, it used the 8100's mini-tower form factor.

The 7200 was introduced alongside the Power Macintosh 7500 and 8500 at the 1995 MacWorld Expo in Boston.[2] Apple referred to these machines collectively as the "Power Surge" line, communicating that this second generation of PowerPC machines offered a significant speed improvement over their predecessors. Introduced as a successor to the Power Macintosh 7100, the 7200 represents the low end of this generation of Power Macintosh,[1] which replaced NuBus with PCI. It shares the 7500's "Outrigger" case. At launch, the 7200 was available with processor speeds of 75 and 90 MHz, with the slower model being replaced by a 120 MHz CPU in February 1996. The 120MHz model was also available in a "PC compatible" variant, which came with a PCI card that allowed the computer to run Microsoft Windows and other PC operating systems. The card featured a 100 MHz Pentium processor.

The Power Macintosh 7300 replaced the 7200 in February 1997.


Unlike other Power Macintosh machines of the time, the CPU is soldered to the motherboard instead of on a daughterboard. This presented a challenge for users who wanted to upgrade to a faster processor. At the time of its introduction, Apple promised an inexpensive logic board upgrade to the 7500, but due to high demand for the 7500, this never materialized. When the upgrade was finally made available, it was to the follow-on model, the Power Macintosh 7600, and came in the form of a complete logic board replacement.[3] The base price was $1,300 and upgraded the system to a 120 MHz CPU, but did not include L2 cache.

The 7200's CPU was considered otherwise impossible to upgrade until, over three years after the 7200 was discontinued, Sonnet eventually produced an G3 upgrade card for the PCI slots.[4]


A Power Macintosh 8200, the 7200 in an 8500 case

Introduced August 8, 1995:

  • Power Macintosh 7200/75[5]
  • Power Macintosh 7200/90[6]

Introduced January 11, 1996:

  • Power Macintosh 7215/90[7]

Introduced February 26, 1996:

  • Workgroup Server 7250/120[8]

Introduced April 22, 1996:

  • Power Macintosh 7200/120[9]
  • Power Macintosh 7200/120 PC Compatible[10]
  • Power Macintosh 8200/100[11]
  • Power Macintosh 8200/120[12]

Timeline of Power Macintosh models

Power Macintosh G5 Power Macintosh G5 Power Macintosh G5 Power Macintosh G4 Power Macintosh G4 Power Macintosh G4 Cube Power Macintosh G4 Power Macintosh G3#Blue and White Power Macintosh G3 Power Macintosh G3 Power Macintosh 8600 Power Macintosh 7300 Power Macintosh 9600 Power Macintosh 8500 Power Macintosh 7600 Power Macintosh 7200 Power Macintosh 9500 Power Macintosh 8100 Power Macintosh 7500 Power Macintosh 7100 Power Macintosh 6400 Power Macintosh G3 Power Macintosh 5500 Power Macintosh 5400 Power Macintosh 6500 Power Macintosh 6200 Power Macintosh 6100 Power Macintosh 5260 Power Macintosh 5200 Power Macintosh 4400


  1. ^ a b Pogue, David; Schorr, Joseph (1999). "Chapter 13: The PowerPC Macs, Model by Model". MacWorld Mac Secrets, 5th Edition. IDG Books. pp. 517–519. ISBN 0-7645-4040-8.
  2. ^ Epler, Anita (August 7, 1995). "Apple's PCI risk". InfoWorld Magazine. pp. 1, 80.
  3. ^ Shatz-Akin, Jim (July 1996). "Power Takes the Lead - Upgrade Pit Stop". MacUser. Archived from the original on 2001-02-21.
  4. ^ "Sonnet Technologies Crescendo G3 7200 400/512k (1M) Specs @ EveryMac.com".
  5. ^ "Power Macintosh 7200/75: Technical Specifications". Apple.
  6. ^ "Power Macintosh 7200/90: Technical Specifications". Apple.
  7. ^ "Power Macintosh 7215/90: Technical Specifications". Apple.
  8. ^ "Workgroup Server 7250/120: Technical Specifications". Apple.
  9. ^ "Power Macintosh 7200/120: Technical Specifications". Apple.
  10. ^ "Power Macintosh 7200/120 PC Compatible: Technical Specifications". Apple.
  11. ^ "Power Macintosh 8200/100: Technical Specifications". Apple.
  12. ^ "Power Macintosh 8200/120: Technical Specifications". Apple.

External links

  • Power Macintosh 7200 at Low End Mac
  • Official Power Macintosh 7200/120 page (1996) 7200/120
  • Official Power Macintosh 7200/120 (PC Compatible) page (1996) 7200/120 PC
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