• Rare Look Inside 1990 Apple Mac Classic Offered By Teardown



    Hardware enthusiast Ben Heck, known primarily for miniaturizing and modifying game consoles, recently provided a glimpse at the internal workings of the first $1,000 Mac Classic. Heck stated that he was able to get his hands on a 1990 model for a ‘great price,’ and repainted the case. He filmed the teardown in his weekly Ben Heck Show. Removal of the case first reveals a RAM expansion card that lets users put in an additional 2-4 MB of memory using 30-pin SIMMs. The original Mac Classic shipped with 512 kilobytes of ROM and 1MB of RAM.

    Next is a 40MB Apple-branded SCSI hard disk. The drive has surface-mounted chips from Motorola, Cirrus Logic, Adaptec, only to name a few, and has been modified with the addition of a diode which jumps across circuits. The logic board has a VLSI chip that has graphics and sound processors, including a SCSI controller for the hard drive and a 15 megahertz crystal.

    The Mac Classic was most likely manufactured in 1991 and looking at the internal processors help show how far technology has come. The computer was also on $1000 which makes the price point impressive. As of today, a MacBook Air or MacBook Mini can be purchased for less and be more powerful.

    Source: Revision3
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Rare Look Inside 1990 Apple Mac Classic Offered By Teardown started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 2 Comments
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Crazy how far things have come since then.
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      Quote Originally Posted by Akshay Masand View Post
      The computer was also on $1000 which makes the price point impressive. As of today, a MacBook Air or MacBook Mini can be purchased for less and be more powerful.
      More like 100x more powerful...
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