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Macintosh Performa 6116CD

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The Macintosh Performa 6116CD brings together the performance of Power PC technology with world class ease-of-set up and use and price/performance in a complete system. It is targeted at families and individuals looking for a complete high performance multimedia computer system. All systems include the CPU, monitor, fax modem, Apple Design Keyboard and Mouse as well as leading 3rd party software applications.

In addition, the Macintosh Performa 6116CD with PowerPC Technology is bundled with 18 software applications to take advantage of Power Macintosh capabilities of two to six times the speed of previous Macintosh computers based on the 040 chip. It also supports MS-DOS and Windows applications when using SoftWindows software or when using an optional DOS Compatibility card.

Based on the 60-megahertz PowerPC 601 microprocessor co-developed by Apple, IBM, and Motorola, the Macintosh Performa 6116CD has built-in, floating-point math coprocessors and comes with a 700MB hard disk with 8 megabytes of RAM, expandable to up to 72 megabytes in addition to a built in CD-ROM. It also provides on-board high-speed Ethernet support.

This affordable computer includes an Apple 14” diagonal high-resolution color display along with a 14.4k-bps data and electronic fax modem, as well as speech-recognition, and text-to-speech capabilities that are built into the computer. With an AV expansion kit the Macintosh Performa 6116CD can add the functionality of S-video and composite video input as well as output for use with televisions, video cameras, and video recorders.

The eWorld on-line service option has been replaced by America Online. 6116CD customers can open the bundled eWorld application and connect via the modem to a server where they can download or order the America Online software.

The Macintosh Performa 6116CD provides an affordable gateway to Power PC technology and the future of personal computing.


Fast, easy setup

  • Simple to set up and learn; your system is ready to go the first time you turn it on
  • Includes 14” color display (11.9 or 12.4 inch diagonal viewable image size), keyboard, mouse, digital sound, and internal speaker all in one box
  • Built-in, double speed, tray-loading CD- ROM player
  • Includes 14.4K-bps data and electronic fax modem

System 7.5 software

  • PC Exchange for reading and writing MS-DOS and Windows disks
  • AppleScript for scripting in and between Macintosh applications
  • QuickTime for working with video and sound as easily as text and graphics
  • TrueType fonts for outstanding results on the screen and the page
  • Apple Guide


  • Runs Macintosh applications
  • Reads Macintosh, Windows, MS-DOS, OS/2, and ProDOS floppy disk formats


  • GeoPort- and LocalTalk-compatible serial ports
  • 16-bit stereo audio input and output
  • Built-in AppleTalk networking
  • Built-in Ethernet networking
  • File sharing without a dedicated server

Software and CD-ROM titles included:

  • ClarisWorks
  • Quicken
  • American Heritage Dictionary
  • Now Up To Date
  • Now Contact
  • Click Art Performa Collection
  • MacGallery Clip Art Treasure Pak
  • MacLink Plus/Easy Open Translator
  • At Ease
  • 1995 Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia
  • TIME Almanac Reference Edition
  • Electronic Arts 3D Atlas
  • The Family Doctor
  • Around the World in 80 Days
  • Club KidSoft CD
  • Spectre Challenger
  • Spin Doctor Challenge

Technical Specifications[edit]


  • PowerPC 601 RISC running at 60 MHz
  • Integrated floating-point unit and 32K cache


  • Comes with 8MB of RAM
  • Can be expanded to up to 72MB of RAM

Disk drives

  • One internal 700MB hard disk
  • One built-in Apple SuperDrive 1.4MB floppy disk drive that uses high-density floppy disks and reads, writes, and formats Macintosh, Windows, MS-DOS, OS/2, and ProDOS disks
  • Accommodates one 5.25-in., half-height device, such as the AppleCD 300i Plus CD-ROM drive


  • Comes standard with an Apple 14-in. RGB color display (11.9 inch diagonal viewable image size) — 0.28-mm dot pitch
    • Non-Interlaced
    • Tilt and swivel base
    • Shadow mask picture tube
    • Meets the strictest international magnetic-field emissions requirements (SWEDAC MPR2)

Video support

  • DRAM display support
  • 15” Display 832 x 624 8 bits (256 colors) 640 x 480 at 16 bits (32,768 colors)


  • 14.4K-bps data, and electronic fax send/receive • Cable for data and power connection for easy setup


  • One Apple Desktop Bus (ADB) port for a keyboard, mouse, and other device
  • AAUI-15 Ethernet connector
  • High-density display port supports Apple AudioVision monitors directly and supports other displays via a Power Macintosh Display Adapter (included)
  • Two LocalTalk- and GeoPort-compatible DMA serial (RS-232/RS-422) ports
  • High-speed asynchronous SCSI interface connects up to six SCSI external devices
  • 16-bit stereo sound input and output ports
  • Internal expansion slot for processor-direct or 7-in. NuBus expansion card (requires adapter)


  • Built-in Ethernet
  • Two serial ports for LocalTalk

Keyboard and mouse

  • Supports ADB keyboards with numeric keypads
  • ADB Mouse II included

Disability access

  • Easy Access and visible beep included with system software. These built-in solutions and third-party options provide alternative input and output devices for people with disabilities.

Electrical requirements

  • Line voltage: 100 to 240 VAC, RMS single phase, automatically configured
  • Frequency: 50 to 60 Hz, single phase
  • Power: 210 W maximum, not including display

ADB power requirements

  • Maximum current draw for all ADB devices: 500 mA (a maximum of three ADB devices is recommended)
  • Mouse draws 10 mA
  • Keyboard draws 25 to 80 mA (varies with keyboard model used)

Size and weight

  • Height: 3.4 in. (8.5 cm)
  • Width: 16.3 in. (41.5 cm)
  • Depth: 15.6 in. (399.7 cm)
  • Weight: 14.0 lbs. (6.4 kg) (varies based on internal devices installed)

Operating environment

  • Operating temperature: 50 ̊ to 104 ̊ F (10 ̊ to 40 ̊ C)
  • Storage temperature: –40 ̊ to 116 ̊ F (–40 ̊ to 47 ̊ C)
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
  • Maximum altitude: 10,000 ft. (3,048 m)

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