Power Macintosh 5260

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Power Macintosh 5260 / Performa 5260/5270/5280
Front view of a Power Macintosh 5260/120
DeveloperApple Computer, Inc.
Product familyPower Macintosh
Release dateApril 15, 1996 (1996-04-15)
DiscontinuedMarch 1, 1997 (1997-03-01)
Operating systemSystem 7.5.3 - Mac OS 9.1
CPUPowerPC 603e, 100 and 120 MHz
Memory16 - 64 MB (72-pin, 80ns SIMMs)
DimensionsHeight: 17.5 inches (44 cm)
Width: 15.1 inches (38 cm)
Depth: 16 inches (41 cm)
Mass45 pounds (20 kg)
PredecessorPower Macintosh 5200 LC
SuccessorPower Macintosh 5500
Related articlesPower Macintosh 5400

The Power Macintosh 5260 is a personal computer designed, manufactured and sold by Apple Computer, Inc. from April 1996 to March 1997. It is a replacement for the Power Macintosh 5200 LC, retaining its all-in-one form factor while replacing its PowerPC 603 CPU with the newer and faster PowerPC 603e, and dropping the "LC" brand. As was standard practice at the time for Apple, the 5260 was re-branded as a number of Performa models and sold to consumer markets, while the 5260 itself was primarily sold to the North American education market as a Power Macintosh.

The Power Macintosh 5400, also an all-in-one model, was introduced at the same time but had a significantly different logic board that retired NuBus support in favour of PCI.

The 5260 was discontinued when the Power Macintosh 5500 was introduced in early 1997.


The 5260 has an LC-style Processor Direct Slot, and a slot into which an L2 cache card can be added.


Rear view of the Power Macintosh 5260/160

Common to all models are a 14" Shadow Mask RGB display at 640x480 at 16 bit, a single LC PDS slot, 2 RAM slots, and 1 MB of VRAM that cannot not be upgraded.[1] There are two serial ports on the back, but they do not support hardware handshaking, precluding the use of an external modem with speeds above 9600 bps.[2]

Introduced April 15, 1996:

  • Power Macintosh 5260/100: North American education model[1] with 100 MHz CPU, 8 or 16 MiB of RAM, and an 800 MB hard disk[3]
  • Macintosh Performa 5260CD: The Power Macintosh 5260/100, also available with the smaller 800 MB hard disk[4]
  • Macintosh Performa 5270CD: Identical to the Performa 5260CD, but only sold in Europe and Asia.[5]

Introduced October 1, 1996:

  • Power Macintosh 5260/120: Later North American education model with 120 MHz CPU, 16 MiB of RAM and a 1.2 GB hard disk[6]
  • Macintosh Performa 5260/120: Consumer version of 5260/120, only sold in Canada and Australia.[7][8]

Introduced November 12, 1996:

  • Macintosh Performa 5280: Consumer version of 5260/120, only sold in Japan.[9][8]

Timeline of Power Macintosh models

Power Macintosh G5Power Macintosh G5Power Macintosh G5Power Macintosh G4Power Macintosh G4Power Macintosh G4 CubePower Macintosh G4Power Macintosh G3#Blue and WhitePower Macintosh G3Power Macintosh G3Power Macintosh 8600Power Macintosh 7300Power Macintosh 9600Power Macintosh 8500Power Macintosh 7600Power Macintosh 7200Power Macintosh 9500Power Macintosh 8100Power Macintosh 7500Power Macintosh 7100Power Macintosh 6400Power Macintosh G3Power Macintosh 5500Power Macintosh 5400Power Macintosh 6500Power Macintosh 6200Power Macintosh 6100Power Macintosh 5260Power Macintosh 5200Power Macintosh 4400


  1. ^ a b "Apple Power Macintosh 5260/120 Specs". EveryMac.
  2. ^ LEM Staff (April 15, 1996). "Performa 5260". LowEndMac.
  3. ^ "Power Macintosh 5260/100: Technical Specifications". Apple.
  4. ^ "Macintosh Performa 5260CD:Technical Specifications". Apple.
  5. ^ "Macintosh Performa 5270CD - Technical Specifications". Apple.
  6. ^ "Power Macintosh 5260/120: Technical Specifications". Apple.
  7. ^ "Macintosh Performa 5260/120:Technical Specifications". Apple.
  8. ^ a b "Power Macintosh/Performa 5260, 5280 Series" (PDF). Apple Service Source.
  9. ^ "Macintosh Performa 5280:Technical Specifications". Apple.

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