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Power Macintosh 5200 LC / 5300 LC
A Macintosh Performa 5200
DeveloperApple Computer, Inc.
Product familyPower Macintosh, Performa, LC
Release dateApril 3, 1995 (1995-04-03)
Introductory priceUS$1,699 (equivalent to $3,400 in 2023)
DiscontinuedMarch 1, 1997 (1997-03-01)
Operating systemSystem 7.5.1 - Mac OS 9.1 (except 7.5.2)
CPU5200 LC: PowerPC 603, 75 MHz
5300 LC: PowerPC 603e, 100 and 120 MHz
DimensionsHeight: 17.5 inches (440 mm)
Width: 16 inches (410 mm)
Depth: 15.1 inches (380 mm)
Mass17 pounds (7.7 kg)
PredecessorMacintosh LC 550
Macintosh LC 575
Macintosh Color Classic II
SuccessorPower Macintosh 5260
Power Macintosh 5400

The Power Macintosh 5200 LC and Power Macintosh 5300 LC are a line of personal computers that were a part of Apple Computer's Power Macintosh, LC, and Performa families of Macintosh computers. When sold to the consumer market, the machines were marketed as variations of the Performa 5200 and Performa 5300.

The Power Macintosh 5200 LC was introduced in April 1995 with a PowerPC 603 CPU at 75 MHz as a PowerPC-based replacement of the Macintosh LC 500 series. Later models switched to the PowerPC 603e CPU and used model numbers above 5300, but kept the same motherboard design. Unlike previous education models, which prepended the model number with "LC", the 5200 / 5300 models use the Power Macintosh designation of Apple's main workstation line of the time, with "LC" appended to the end.

The 5200 is closely related to the 6200, which use the same logic boards in desktop cases without integrated monitors.

In an editorial, MacWorld Magazine's Editor-in-Chief, Adrian Mello, wrote of the 5200: "The all-in-one design exhibits a lot of the same spirit that Apple vested in the original Macintosh. A deceptive minimalism belies this machine's utility and value. Apple has again figured out how to package a full-featured computer into the simplest possible shape. [...] Its predecessors, which include the Performa 520, 550, 575 and now 580, all offer good functionality and value, but they lack the 5200's design integrity. In comparison, their efforts to mimic the appearance of a conventional three-piece desktop computer just made them look clumsy."[1]

Production of the 5200 and 5300 models was discontinued in the first half of 1996, with the PowerPC 603e-based Power Macintosh 5260 (with Performa 5260CD and 5270CD variants) and Power Macintosh 5400 (with Performa 5400CD, 5410CD and 5420CD variants) being offered as replacements at different price points. The 5260 retained the overall design of the 5200 and was sold at a similar price point with similar features, but shared no parts other than the stand and lower faceplate.[2][3] The more expensive 5400 was also visually similar but with a significantly different motherboard that offered PCI instead of NuBus expansion.


The 5200 LC uses a 75 MHz PowerPC 603 CPU. The 5300 LC replaced the CPU with the newer and faster PowerPC 603e, though the rest of the Quadra 630-derived architecture remained unchanged.

The monitor is a 15" shadow mask CRT with a 12.8" viewable size. Supported resolutions are 640x480 @ 60 Hz, 640x480 @ 66.7 Hz, 800x600 @ 60 Hz, 800x600 @ 72 Hz, and 832x624 @ 75 Hz.[4]

By the Spring of 1996, a number of users were having problems with system freezes and color shifts. The problem was not solvable with a software update, so Apple instituted a program titled the "Repair Extension Program for the Apple Power Macintosh and Performa 5200, 5300, 6200, and 6300."[5] While never formally described as a recall — a distinction Apple emphatically reinforced in its repair documentation — users were required to bring affected units to an authorized Apple reseller for a repair. The program remained in effect for seven years.[6]

During its lifespan, Apple updated the 5200 with a "Revision B" design, replacing the power supply, speakers, analog board, EMI shield, front bezel and rear housing with updated parts that are not interchangeable with those of the original model.


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Timeline of Power Macintosh, Pro, and Studio models
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Timeline of Macintosh Centris, LC, Performa, and Quadra models, colored by CPU type
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