Macintosh Performa 6300CD

The most powerful and versatile Performa system ever created brings you increased system speed and enhanced communications performance.

The Apple Macintosh Performa 6300CD computer uses a state-of-the-art PowerPC 603e processor running at 100 megahertz to deliver up to 50 percent higher performance than previous 603-based systems.

The Performa 6300CD will meet your needs well into the future, not only with its leading-edge performance, but also with a 1.2-gigabyte hard drive— large enough to store applications and information for years to come.

This affordable system includes multimedia features that are expensive add-ons with other computers. A quadruple-speed CD-ROM drive accesses CD-based data quickly and plays audio and video segments smoothly. Stereo 16-bit sound provides high-quality audio playback, while an audio-input port lets you record your own sounds. Adding advanced multimedia options is easy. You can plug in a video-input card, a video-output interface box, an internal TV tuner, and other optional devices.

The Performa 6300CD also comes with special features for telephony. The high-speed internal modem works with the Apple PlainTalk microphone (included with the computer) and special software to let you use the computer as a speakerphone and an answering machine.

The eWorld on-line service option has been replaced with America Online. 6300CD customers can open the bundled eWorld application and connect via the modem to download or order the America Online software.

The 6300CD is a complete, ready-to-use multimedia system. Packed in one box are the computer (with Apple System 7.5 software already loaded), a color display, a keyboard, a mouse, an internal modem, and a microphone. Also included are more than a dozen home, education, and home-business programs, plus a collection of multi- media reference CDs.


Complete, ready-to-use system

  • Computer, color display, keyboard, mouse, and all necessary cables in one box
  • Apple System 7.5 software, including Apple Guide software for step-by-step help with basic system operation, QuickTime multimedia software, and Macintosh PC Exchange software
  • Internal fax modem supporting speeds up to 28.8-kbps data and 14.4-kbps electronic fax send/receive as well as speakerphone and digital answering machine capabilities
  • Built-in quadruple-speed, tray-loading CD-ROM player
  • Front-panel volume control and headphone/speaker jack
  • CD-quality digital sound

Preinstalled software

  • ClarisWorks
  • At Ease
  • The American Heritage Dictionary
  • ClickArt Performa Collection
  • Expresso
  • Lode Runner
  • MacGallery Clip Art Treasure Pak
  • MacLinkPlus/Easy Open Translators
  • Mangia Special Edition
  • PowerPete
  • Quicken Special Edition
  • Virex
  • Wealth Builder
  • The Writing Center

CD-ROM titles

  • 1995 Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia
  • TIME Almanac Reference Edition
  • 3D Atlas
  • The Family Doctor
  • Smithsonian’s America
  • My First, Incredible, Amazing Dictionary
  • Sesame Street Numbers
  • Making Music by Voyager
  • Club KidSoft CD

Technical Specifications


  • PowerPC 603e processor running at 100 MHz
  • Integrated floating-point unit
  • 40 MHz, 64-bit bus
  • 256K level 2 cache
  • 32K internal cache


  • Comes with 16MB of RAM (uses one SIMM socket)
  • Can be expanded to 64MB of RAM using two 32MB SIMMs
  • Uses 72-pin, noncomposite, 80-nanosecond or faster DRAM SIMMs

Disk drives

  • Internal 1.2GB hard disk drive
  • Internal Apple SuperDrive floppy disk drive
    • Uses high-density, 1.4MB floppy disks
    • Reads, writes, and formats Macintosh, Windows, MS-DOS, OS/2, and ProDOS disks
  • Internal, quadruple-speed AppleCD 600i CD-ROM drive


  • Global Village 28.8-kbps data and 14.4 kbps electronic fax send/receive
  • Built-in error correction and compression (MNP4, V.42, MNP5, V.42bis)


  • Stereo 16-bit sound
  • Built-in speaker
  • Sound-output port
  • Sound-input port (can be used to connect the Apple PlainTalk microphone included with the computer)
  • Front headphone jack and volume control


  • Apple Desktop Bus port for mouse, keyboard, and other devices
  • Monitor port (also supports connection to an NTSC or PAL video-out interface box, such as the Apple Presentation System)
  • Serial port (RS-232/RS-422) for an AppleTalk network connection, other networking or communications equipment, or a printer
  • SCSI interface port for connecting as many as five external SCSI devices, such as disk drives or CD-ROM drives
  • LC processor-direct expansion slot
    • Compatible with most Macintosh Performa 400 and 500 series; Performa 630; Macintosh Quadra 605; and Macintosh LC II, LC III, LC 475, LC 550, LC 575, and LC 630 processor-direct cards
    • Can be used for an Apple MPEG Media System card or other specialized card
  • Communications slot (used by Global Village modem)
  • Video slot for optional Apple Video System (NTSC, PAL, and SECAM video input)
  • Dedicated connector and infrared remote receiver for optional internal Apple TV/Video System (provides TV tuner and video input)

Display support

  • Apple displays up to 15 inches through a 1MB DRAM video buffer (independent of system RAM)
  • Wide range of VGA and SVGA displays from other vendors

Color support

  • Offers 16-bit color for display of up to 32,768colors on monitors using 640- by 480-pixel resolution
  • Provides 8-bit color for display of 256 colors on monitors using 800- by 600-pixel or 832- by 624- pixel resolution

Electrical requirements

  • Line voltage: 110 to 240VAC, RMS, single phase, nominal
  • Frequency: 50 to 60Hz
  • Power: 55W maximum

Size and weight

  • Height: 4.3 in.(10.95cm)
  • Width: 12.6 in. (32.0 cm)
  • Depth: 16.5 in. (41.9 cm)
  • Weight: 19 lb. (8.6kg)

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: 10,000ft. (3,048m)

Disability access

  • CloseView software magnifies image up to 16 times
  • Easy Access software for sequential combination keys, and cursor control from the numeric keypad
  • “Visual beep” replaces audible system alerts

Apple Multiple Scan 15 Display

  • 15-inch diagonal RGB color display (13.3-inch diagonal viewable image size)
  • Up to 832- by 624-pixel resolution at a scan frequency of 75 Hz
  • 0.28-mm dot pitch
  • Meets the strictest international magnetic-field emissions requirements (SWEDAC MPR2)
  • Height: 16.7 in. (42.4 cm)
  • Width: 15.9 in. (40.5 cm)
  • Depth: 17.8 in. (45.2 cm)
  • Weight: 31.0 lb. (14 kg)

AppleDesign Keyboard

  • Provides adjustable keyboard slope
  • Includes function keys, numeric keypad, cursor arrow keys, and special screen-editing keys

Apple Desktop Bus Mouse II

  • Round shape fits contour of the palm of the hand
  • Large button allows easy clicking and dragging

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