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The base NeXTcube model
Developer NeXT
Manufacturer NeXT, Fremont, California plant
Type Workstation
Release date September 18, 1990; 27 years ago (1990-09-18)
Introductory price US$10,000 (equivalent to $18,732 in 2017)
Discontinued 1993 (1993)
Operating system NeXTSTEP, OPENSTEP, NetBSD (limited support)
CPU Motorola 68040 @ 25 MHz, 56001 digital signal processor (DSP)
Memory 16–64 MB
Dimensions 1-foot (305 mm) die-cast magnesium cube-shaped case
Successor NeXTcube Turbo

The NeXTcube was a high-end workstation computer developed, manufactured, and sold by NeXT from 1990 until 1993. It superseded the original NeXT Computer workstation and is housed in a similar cube-shaped magnesium enclosure. The workstation runs the NeXTSTEP operating system and was launched with a US$10,000 list price.


The NeXTcube is the successor to the original NeXT Computer. It differs from its predecessor in having a 25 MHz 68040 processor, larger hard disks in place of the magneto-optical drive, and an optional floppy disk drive. A 33 MHz NeXTcube Turbo was produced later.

NeXT released the NeXTdimension for the NeXTcube, a circuit board based on an Intel i860 processor, which offers 32-bit PostScript color display and video-sampling features.

The Pyro accelerator board increases the speed of a NeXTcube by replacing the standard 25 MHz processor with a 50 MHz one.[1]


NeXTcube with original screen, keyboard and mouse.
  • Display: 1120×832 px 17" grayscale
  • Operating System: NeXTstep 2.2 Extended or later
  • CPU: 25 MHz 68040 with integrated floating-point unit
  • Digital Signal Processor: 25 MHz Motorola DSP56001
  • RAM: 16 MB, expandable to 64 MB
  • Hard drive: 400 MB, 1.4GB or 2.8GB SCSI drive (optional)
  • Size (H × W × D): 12" × 12" × 12"[2]

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