Power Mac 9600

The Power Mac 9600 was the last Mac with six PCI expansion slots. It also has 12 memory sockets and no onboard video, so one PCI slot must be occupied by a video card. It shipped from the factory with an ixMicro TwinTurbo video card especially adapted for Apple.

Power Mac 9600The 300 and 350 MHz versions sometimes had an extra powerful 560W power supply (vs. 390W on the regular 9600) to drive the power hungry 300 and 350 MHz 604e processors. These models also has a 1 MB L2 cache and 64 MB of memory.

The 9600 was part of the last generation of Macs to ship with a SCSI hard drive as a standard feature.

EveryMac has a QuickTime VR movie that shows the easy access and intelligent design of the 8600/9600 case.

Both the 8600 and 9600 were essentially replaced by the beige Power Mac G3 in November 1997.

Details

  • 9600/200 introduced 1997.02.17; discontinued 1997.08.05
  • 9600/200MP introduced 1997.02.17; discontinued 1997.08.05
  • 9600/233 introduced 1997.02.17; discontinued 1997.08.05
  • 9600/300 introduced 1997.08.05; discontinued 1998.02.17
  • 9600/350 introduced 1997.08.05; discontinued 1998.03.17
  • requires System 7.5.5 (200/233 MHz) or 7.6.1 (300, 350 MHz) through 9.1; Mac OS 9.2.x requires a G3 or G4 upgrade
  • CPU: 200-350 MHz PPC 604e
  • Bus: 40-50 MHz, controlled by CPU card
  • Performance:
  • 169,492 (350 MGHz) Whetstones
  • ROM: 4 MB
  • RAM: 32 or 64 MB, expandable to 768 MB using 70ns 168-pin DIMMs (12 sockets), Apple notes “128 MB DIMMs can be used, but have not been tested” – this would bring total RAM to 1.5 GB.
  • VRAM: 4 or 8 MB using OEM version of ixMicro TwinTurbo video card
  • Video: supports resolutions to 1280 x 1024 at 24 bits and up to 1600 x 1200 at an unspecified bit depth
  • L2 cache: 512 KB or 1 MB
  • SCSI: internal fast SCSI bus (to 10 MBps), external SCSI bus (to 5 Mbps)
  • Hard drive: 4 GB
  • CD-ROM: 12x
  • PCI slots: 6
  • Microphone: standard 3.5mm minijack, compatible with line-level input including Apple’s PlainTalk microphone
  • ADB: 1 port for keyboard and mouse
  • serial: 2 DIN-8 GeoPorts on back of computer
  • SCSI: DB-25 connector on back of computer
  • Ethernet: AAUI and 10Base-T connectors on back of computer
  • upgrade path: CPU daughter card
  • Power supply: 390W (560W for 300, 350 MHz versions)
  • Height: 17.3 in
  • Width: 9.7 in
  • Depth: 17.3 in
  • Weight: 35.0 lb
  • PRAM battery: 3.6V half-AA
  • Gestalt ID: 67 (200/233 MHz), 105 (300, 350 MHz)

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