Power Macintosh 8100

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Power Macintosh 8100 / Power Macintosh 8115 / Workgroup Server 8150
A Power Macintosh 8100/80AV
Also known as"Cold Fusion", "Flagship"
DeveloperApple Computer, Inc.
Product familyPower Macintosh, Workgroup Server
Release dateMarch 14, 1994 (1994-03-14)
Introductory priceUS$4,200 (equivalent to $7,679 in 2021)
DiscontinuedAugust 5, 1995 (1995-08-05)
Operating systemSystem (except 7.5.2)
CPUPowerPC 601 @ 80–110 MHz
Memory8 MB, expandable to 264 MB (80 ns 72-pin SIMM)
PredecessorMacintosh Quadra 650
Macintosh Quadra 800
Macintosh Quadra 840AV
SuccessorPower Macintosh 8500
Related articlesPower Macintosh 6100
Power Macintosh 7100

The Power Macintosh 8100 (also sold in Japan as the Power Macintosh 8115 and with bundled server software as the Workgroup Server 8150) is a personal computer that is a part of Apple Computer's Power Macintosh series of Macintosh computers. It was introduced in March 1994 alongside the Power Macintosh 6100 and the 7100 as the high end model of the first generation of the Power Macintosh family, and is a direct replacement of the prior Macintosh Quadra 800. It retains the Quadra 800's enclosure.

The 8100 originally featured a PowerPC 601 at 80 MHz, and was speed-bumped to 100 MHz in January 1995. The main variant of the 8100 are the 8100AV models, which came with an analog video in/out card in its Processor Direct Slot. Also released was a fast 110 MHz model in November 1994. There was no AV variant for this model.

The case has received criticism for being difficult to work with. Dan Knight, writing for Low End Mac, noted that "except for replacing the CPU card in the 8500, changing anything on the motherboard required completely removing it. That included removing the reset button, removing a screw, disconnecting several cables, then sliding the motherboard assembly forward about an inch, then pulling it away from its mounts."[1]

In August 1995, the 8100 was discontinued, with the Power Macintosh 8500 taking its place.


An upgraded Workgroup Server 8150, operating in 2020

Introduced March 14, 1994:

  • Power Macintosh 8100/80:[2]
  • Power Macintosh 8100/80AV:[3]

Introduced April 25, 1994:

  • Workgroup Server 8150:[4]

Introduced November 3, 1994:

  • Power Macintosh 8100/110:[5]

Introduced January 3, 1995:

  • Power Macintosh 8100/100:[6]
  • Power Macintosh 8100/100AV:[7]

Introduced February 23, 1995:

  • Power Macintosh 8115/110: Not sold in the US.[8]

Introduced April 3, 1995:

  • Workgroup Server 8150/110.[9]

In popular culture[edit]

Sandra Bullock, starring as systems analyst Angela Bennett, uses a Power Macintosh 8100 as her primary workstation in the movie The Net (1995).


Timeline of Power Macintosh and Mac Pro models
Mac ProMac ProMac ProPower Mac G5Power Mac G5Power Mac G4Power Mac G5Power Mac G4Power Mac G4 CubePower Mac G4Power Macintosh G3#Blue and WhitePower Macintosh 9600Power Macintosh G3Power Macintosh 8600Power Macintosh 9500Power Macintosh 8500Power Macintosh 8100Power Macintosh G3Power Macintosh 7600Power Macintosh 7300Power Macintosh 4400Power Macintosh 7500Power Macintosh 7200Power Macintosh 7100Power Macintosh 6500Power Macintosh 6400Power Macintosh 6200Power Macintosh 6100Power Macintosh G3Power Macintosh 5500Power Macintosh 5400Power Macintosh 5260Power Macintosh 5200 LC


  1. ^ Knight, Daniel (November 8, 1999). "Second Class Macs & Road Apples - Quadra 800/840av and Power Mac 8100 Case". Low End Mac.
  2. ^ "Power Macintosh 8100/80: Technical Specifications". Apple.
  3. ^ "Power Macintosh 8100/80AV: Technical Specifications". Apple.
  4. ^ "Workgroup Server 8150: Technical Specifications". Apple.
  5. ^ "Power Macintosh 8100/110: Technical Specifications". Apple.
  6. ^ "Power Macintosh 8100/100: Technical Specifications". Apple.
  7. ^ "Power Macintosh 8100/100AV: Technical Specifications". Apple.
  8. ^ "Power Macintosh 8115/110: Technical Specifications". Apple.
  9. ^ "Power Macintosh 8115/110: Technical Specifications". Apple.

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