The PowerMac 9600

Codename: Kansas
CPU: PowerPC 604e (200/233 Mhz)/dual 604e (200 Mhz)/Mach 5 (300/350 Mhz)
CPU speed: 200/233/300/350 Mhz
FPU: integrated
motherboard RAM: 0
maximum RAM: 1536 MB
number of sockets: 12 -- 168 pin DIMM
minimum speed: 70/60 ns (faster for Mach 5 models)
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: 6 PCI
Serial Ports: 2
ADB: 1
Floppy: 1.4 MB SuperDrive
HD: 4 GB 7200 RPM
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: 67
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

The flagship of what might be termed the third wave of Power Macs, the 9600 was announced in February 1997. It was packadged in an eye-pleasing new tower design, built to make its insides more easily accessable. It ran on 233, 200 or dual 200 Mhz 604e's.

Although it looked different on the outside, the motherboard was basically the same design as that of the 9500. The 9600 was originally priced at $4,700 for the dual 200Mhz configuration, $4,200 for the single 233Mhz, and $3,700 for the single 200 Mhz. In August, the 9600 was "speed bumped" with either a 300 or 350 Mhz "Mach 5" chip, a new high speed variant on the 604e. The 350 Mhz version barely shipped before Apple took it off the market, partially because of the small supply of 350 Mhz chips, but mostly because their upcoming PPC 750-based "Gossomer" Macs (the PowerMac G3) would eclipse it both in performance and price.

The 350-Mhz 9600 returned several months later to fill out the High-End market. While the G3 was in many cases faster, its motherboard had only three PCI slots and three RAM slots. With superior expandability, the 9600 was still the high-end choice for many.

Picture: Apple Corporate Site

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