Power Macintosh 9600
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The9600 was the last Mac with six PCI expansion slots. It also had 12RAM sockets, and no onboard video. One PCI slot must be occupied bya video card. It shipped from the factory with an ixMicro TwinTurbovideo card especially adapted for Apple.
The 300 and 350 MHz versions sometimes had an extra powerful560W power supply (vs. 390W on the regular 9600) to drive the powerhungry 300 and 350 MHz 604e processor. These models also has a1 MB L2 cache, 64 MB of RAM, and 8 MB of videomemory.
EveryMac has a QuickTime VR movie that shows the easy access and intelligentdesign of the 8600/9600 case.
Both the 8600 and 9600 were essentially replaced by the beige Power Mac G3 in November 1997.
- 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
- 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" - thiswould bring total RAM to 1.5 GB.
- VRAM: 4 or 8 MB using OEM version of ixMicro TwinTurbo videocard
- Video: supports resolutions to 1280 x 1024 at 24 bits and up to1600 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-levelinput 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 daughtercard
- power: 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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