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March 19, 1990: Macintosh IIfx
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: March 22, 2021 02:24PM
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March 19, 1990: The ultra-fast Macintosh IIfx makes its debut, sporting a hefty price tag appropriate for such a speedy machine.

The fastest Macintosh of its day, it boasts a CPU running at a “wicked fast” 40 MHz. It gains an additional speed bump from a pair of Apple-designed, application-specific integrated circuits. Prices start at $9,870 and run up to $12,000 — the equivalent of $19,000 to $22,000 in 2019 terms!

Macintosh IIfx: A powerhouse Mac
The 16th Mac model released, the Macintosh IIfx revealed just how drastically personal computing power had increased in a few short years. This pricey powerhouse utilized Motorola’s 40 MHz 68030 microprocessor with a 68882 floating point co-processor. Apple claimed this gave buyers the performance of a Sun Microsystems SPARCstation 1, a pro-grade piece of kit.


In addition to the CPU, the IIfx got a speed boost from its two dedicated I/O processors, referred to as peripheral interface controllers. These were a pair of 10 MHz 6502 CPUs, the same CPU family used in the Apple II. They managed the low-level I/O tasks on the Apple bus, floppy disk drive and serial ports that the 68030 microprocessor previously handled.




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Re: March 19, 1990: Macintosh IIfx
Posted by: sekker
Date: March 22, 2021 02:38PM
I used one for years after they were superceded by PowerMacs.

A IIfx running OS6 with Now Utilities was a Sweet Machine.
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Re: March 19, 1990: Macintosh IIfx
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: March 22, 2021 02:39PM
Got my first one of these beauties 16 years ago for $5 from eBay.
Got my second one 9 years ago for $200 from eBay.
They’re even more expensive now. I’m selling mine when they get back up to $10,000.
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Re: March 19, 1990: Macintosh IIfx
Posted by: mikebw
Date: March 22, 2021 02:42PM
Akin to the 2019 MacPro in some ways, no?
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Re: March 19, 1990: Macintosh IIfx
Posted by: davemchine
Date: March 22, 2021 03:14PM
Those were amazing and drool worthy in their day. I had a chance to work on one for awhile. It was so expensive to fill the memory slots that I would wait till night time, steal memory out of other computers, and run big jobs on the IIfx while nobody was around.



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Re: March 19, 1990: Macintosh IIfx
Posted by: Z
Date: March 22, 2021 03:21PM
It was the Mac Pro of its day.
Standard RAM: 4 MB Maximum RAM: 128 MB

At $30-35mb/meg.... another $5k to fully deck out. And don't forget the special 64 pin simms rather than the usual 72 pin simms.

Read the spec sheet and cry!
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I'll admit to lusting after one for no particular reason
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Re: March 19, 1990: Macintosh IIfx
Posted by: JoeH
Date: March 22, 2021 04:03PM
I have one tucked away in a closet, picked it up when it was being discarded. Will have to check and see if it still runs sometime, maybe sell it off or donate it to someone's collection.
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Re: March 19, 1990: Macintosh IIfx
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: March 22, 2021 04:14PM
Someone on the 68kMLA forum is making and selling 16MB RAM for the IIfx, allowing one to max it out at 128MB.
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Re: March 19, 1990: Macintosh IIfx
Posted by: Buzz
Date: March 22, 2021 04:52PM
....and who didn't have a Daystar 68040 upgrade card in their Mac IIfx?
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Re: March 19, 1990: Macintosh IIfx
Posted by: sekker
Date: March 22, 2021 04:53PM
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Buzz
....and who didn't have a Daystar 68040 upgrade card in their Mac IIfx?
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I did not, the IIfx I used was a Mobo upgrade on a Mac II.
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Re: March 19, 1990: Macintosh IIfx
Posted by: sekker
Date: March 22, 2021 04:55PM
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S. Pupp
Someone on the 68kMLA forum is making and selling 16MB RAM for the IIfx, allowing one to max it out at 128MB.

That's really cool.

Alas, I am afraid Apple abandoned support for the accessory CPUs in all subsequent versions of the Mac OS. I forget when.

I feel like the M1 Apple Silicon is really a revisit to the IIfx (and the Amiga, actually), where there are many differentiated CPUs assigned to different tasks to release the central CPU to do its thing.
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Re: March 19, 1990: Macintosh IIfx
Posted by: lost in space
Date: March 22, 2021 05:45PM
Main designer was Jon Fitch, who had a penchant for fast computers and fast motorcycles. I first met him when he was about 16 working as a janitor for the local liquor distributor where I worked running their IBM System 3, around 1972.



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Re: March 19, 1990: Macintosh IIfx
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: March 22, 2021 05:59PM
The Big Kahuna himself!



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Re: March 19, 1990: Macintosh IIfx
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: March 22, 2021 08:09PM
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JoeH
I have one tucked away in a closet, picked it up when it was being discarded. Will have to check and see if it still runs sometime, maybe sell it off or donate it to someone's collection.

Yeah, I bought one at an Air Force surplus auction in the mid-90's, mostly so I could snag the (for the time) gigantic 19" monitor that came with it. I don't think I ever got the Mac to boot, and can't remember what I did with it. I suspect I threw it away.
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Re: March 19, 1990: Macintosh IIfx
Posted by: Mr Downtown
Date: March 22, 2021 11:08PM
The nonprofit I worked for was the lucky recipient of one, along with a big monitor and software including PageMaker, Illustrator 88, Photoshop, and ModelShop, all courtesy of Apple. Within the year I'd seen the promise for cartography and was off and running.

A few years later, I was at an electronics surplus place in the Dallas area. They had them stacked up like cordwood on the front sidewalk, with a sign "FREE. take only one."
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Re: March 19, 1990: Macintosh IIfx
Posted by: GGD
Date: March 22, 2021 11:31PM
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Mr Downtown
A few years later, I was at an electronics surplus place in the Dallas area. They had them stacked up like cordwood on the front sidewalk, with a sign "FREE. take only one."

Remember this...

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Re: March 19, 1990: Macintosh IIfx
Posted by: mikebw
Date: March 23, 2021 08:44AM
My God! It's full of beige!

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