The Quadra 700,along with its sister machine the Quadra 900 (basically a more expandable version of the 700, with more drive bays, Nubus slots, beefier power supply, etc.), was the first machine in the Quadra line. As such it marked a number of firsts for Apple (along with the 900 obviously). It was the first Mac to use the then high end 68040, to have a tower case (it was actually a IIcx case on its side) and the first mac to have built in ethernet. It was introduced in October 1991at the bargain price of $ 6000. It was discontinued in 1993.

Vital stats:

  • Codenames: Shadow, Spike, IIce, Evo 200
  • CPU : 25 Mhz 68040 (with built-in FPU)
  • RAM : 4 Mb soldered on the motherboard, one bank of 4 30 pin SIMM slots (needs at least 80ns SIMMs), accepting 1Mb, 2Mb, 4Mb, 8Mb or 16Mb SIMMs.Room for up to 68 Mb of RAM, but will only detect 64Mb
  • ROM : 1Mb
  • optional L2 cache
  • 2 NuBus 90 slots
  • 1 PDS slot
  • Data bus : 32 bit
  • Video : built-in, 512k VRAM , expandable to 2 Mb
  • 2 ADB ports
  • 2 DIN-8 serial ports
  • DB-25 SCSI port
  • Sound Input : mono 8bit
  • Sound Output : stereo 8bit
  • Gestalt ID : 22
  • Minimal system software version : 7.0.1
  • Maximal system software version : 8.1

Once Apple's flagship machine many Quadra 700's continue to live on as low-end email or word processing machines. Along with the Quadra 900 it was designed to replace the IIfx as top of the line Mac. A PowerPC upgrade was once available for it.

It has a number of quirks that you may want to be aware of :

  • One of the NuBus slots is positionned in such a way that it is not possible to simultaneously have a card in it and a card in the PDS slot
  • Regular 16Mb SIMMs can corrupt data on the floppy drive, it is reccomended that low-profile 16Mb SIMMs be used
  • The built in video cannot use 16bit color
  • When using 24bit color, the builtin video actually uses 32 bits of VRAM per pixel, ie unlike most machines it cannot drive 640x480 @24bpp with 1Mb of VRAM.

Sources : The Low End Mac -
Apple History -

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