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Mac Clone Can Be Easily Upgraded

PowerBase is a Mac OS line of computers that outperform and cost less than a comparably configured Pentium-based Windows 95 system, according to Power Computing, the first licensed manufacturer of Mac compatibles

The entry-level system, for instance, is priced at $1,495. Designed with the PowerPC 603e RISC chip, the PowerBase line offers speeds of 240, 200 and 180MHz. All models ship with a base configuration of 16MB RAM, 256K upgradeable Level 2 cache, 1.2GB IDE internal hard drive, 8x CD-ROM drive, three PCI slots, upgradeable 3D accelerated graphics sub-system, extended keyboard and bundled software valued at $1,200. A CPU daughtercard makes future processor upgrades as simple as plug-and-play. 

Each model comes in low-profile or mini-tower cases with customized features. Some of the available options are 10BaseT and 100BaseT Ethernet cards, video-capture/playback cards, productivity software suites and an Internet bundle. All PowerBase systems can be built to order to the exact specifications of each user. Power Computing Corp., Round Rock, TX, (800) 999-7279, www.powercc.com. 

This article originally appeared in the 12/01/1996 issue of THE Journal.

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