Power Macintosh 8500

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Power Macintosh 8500
Power Macintosh 8500 - front.jpg
The Power Macintosh 8500/180
Developer Apple Computer, Inc.
Product family Power Macintosh
Release date August 8, 1995 (1995-08-08)
Introductory price US$3,999 (equivalent to $6,423 in 2017)
Discontinued February 17, 1997 (1997-02-17)
Operating system 7.5.2 - Mac OS 9.1
CPU PowerPC 604 or PowerPC 604e @ 120, 132, 150, 180, 200 MHz
Memory 16 MiB, expandable to 512 MiB (Apple), 1024 MiB (actual), (70 ns 168-pin FPM or EDO DIMM)
Predecessor Power Macintosh 8100
Successor Power Macintosh 8600

The Power Macintosh 8500 (sold as the Power Macintosh 8515 in Europe and Japan) is a personal computer designed, manufactured and sold by Apple Computer from August 1995 to February 1997. Billed as a high-end graphics computer, the Power Macintosh 8500 was the first Macintosh to ship with a replaceable daughtercard.[citation needed] Though slower than the 132 MHz Power Macintosh 9500, the first-generation 8500 featured several audio and video (S-Video and composite video) in/out ports not found in the 9500. In fact, the 8500 incorporated near-broadcast quality (640×480) A/V input and output and was the first personal computer to do so, but no hard drive manufactured in 1997 could sustain the 18 MB/s data rate required to capture video at that resolution. Later, special "AV" hard drives were made available that could delay thermal recalibration until after a write operation had completed. With special care to minimize fragmentation, these drives were able to keep up with the 8500's video circuitry.

The 8500 was introduced alongside the Power Macintosh 7200 and 7500 at the 1995 MacWorld Expo in Boston.[1] Apple referred to these machines collectively as the "Power Surge" line, communicating that these machines offered a significant speed improvement over its predecessors. Infoworld Magazine's review of the 8500 showed a performance improvement in their "business applications suite" from 10 minutes with the 8100/100, to 7:37 for the 8500/120.[1] They also noted that the 8500 run an average of 24 to 44 percent faster than a similarly-clocked Intel Pentium chip, with the performance nearly double on graphics and publishing tasks.

The 8500's CPU was updated twice during its production run. It originally shipped with a 120 MHz PowerPC 604 CPU, later with the same chip running at 150 MHz, and finally with a PowerPC 604e running at 180 MHz. It was succeeded by the Power Macintosh 8600 in February 1997.


Rear view of the Power Macintosh 8500/180
The Power Macintosh 8500/180's logic board

Introduced August 8, 1995:

  • Power Macintosh 8500/120[2]

Introduced January 11, 1996:

  • Power Macintosh 8515/120[3]

Introduced February 26, 1996:

  • Workgroup Server 8550/132[4]

Introduced April 22, 1996:

  • Power Macintosh 8500/132[5]
  • Power Macintosh 8500/150[6]

Introduced August 5, 1996:

  • Power Macintosh 8500/180[7]

Introduced September 9, 1996:

  • Workgroup Server 8550/200[8][9] 200 MHz PowerPC 604e CPU, 32 MB RAM. $5,799 USD. Sold with one of three software bundles, titled "Application Server Solution", "Apple Internet Server Solution 2.1", and "AppleShare Server Solution".

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


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