The PowerMac 8600

Codename: Kansas
CPU: PowerPC 604e (200 Mhz)/Mach 5 (250/300 Mhz)
CPU speed: 200/250/300 Mhz
FPU: integrated
motherboard RAM: 0
maximum RAM: 1024 MB
number of sockets: 8 -- 168 pin DIMM
minimum speed: 60 ns
VRAM: 2 MB (4 MB via 2 DIMM sockets)
L1 cache: 32 k data 32 k instruction
L2 cache: 512 k DIMM (upgradable)/1 MB inline for Mach 5 models
data path: 64 bit
bus speed: 50 Mhz (100 Mhz data bus for Mach 5 models)
slots: 3 PCI
Serial Ports: 2
ADB: 1
Floppy: 1.4 MB SuperDrive
HD: 2/4 GB 7200 RPM (4 GB for Mach 5 models)
CD-ROM: 12x (604e)/24x (Mach 5)
Monitor: none, supports all resolutions
Sound Output: stereo 16 bit
Sound Input: stereo 16 bit
Ethernet: AAUI-15, 10B-T
Gestalt ID: 69 (604e)/103 (Mach 5)
power: 390 Watts (604e)/560 Watts (Mach 5)
Weight: 35 lbs.
Dimensions: 17.3" H x 9.7" W x 17.3" D
Min System Software: 7.5.5 (604e)/7.6.1 (Mach 5)
Max System Software: 9.0
introduced: February 1997
terminated: early 1998

Although announced in February 1997, It was not until June that the 8600 actually shipped in bulk. It came in the same innovative case design as the 9600, and ran on a 200 Mhz 604e. It included an internal Zip drive (a Power Mac first). It also included video input and output. The 8600 used the Nitro motherboard, as did its predecessor, the 8500. The 8600 initialy sold for $2,700. In August, Apple announced "speed bumped" versions of the 8600 with a 250 or 300 Mhz "Mach 5" 604e. Like its predecessor, the 8600/300 did not ship for several months after it was announced due to supply problems. The 8600 was discontinued in early 1998.

Date: Mon, 17 Nov 97 10:21:42 -0600
From: Dave Martin
Subject: Power Macintosh 8600

One correction to the Power Macintosh 8600 page, at least as concerns the 8600/300. The delay in shipping the 8600/300 was not "months", as was certainly the case with the 8600/200's. The 200's had production problems not related with supply, where the delay on the 300's was due to a minor supply problem.
In fact, Apple announced mid-August (the week after MacWorld) immediate availability on a variation of the 8600/300, without Zip drive, to cover the demand until the originally spec'd product was shipping. I received mine the last week of August. (I believe a 9600/300 & 9600/350 sans Zip were also announced, though I don't know if the Zip-less 350 ever shipped).
It was only a couple of weeks later, in the September 10 price list, that all the Zip-less models were removed. The Zip internal mounting brackets that delayed release had arrived, and the original 8600/300 and 9600/300 with Zips were able to ship. The 9600/350 (including Zip version) was removed at that time as well, I believe.

Picture: Apple Corporate Site

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