Power Macintosh 8600

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Power Macintosh 8600
Power Macintosh 8600 250.jpg
A Power Macintosh 8600/250
Also known as "Kansas"
Developer Apple Computer, Inc.
Product family Power Macintosh
Release date February 17, 1997 (1997-02-17)
Introductory price US$2,700 (equivalent to $4,116 in 2017)
Discontinued February 17, 1998 (1998-02-17)
Operating system System 7.5.5 - Mac OS 9.1
With G3 upgrade, Mac OS X 10.2.8
CPU PowerPC 604e/604ev @ 200 - 300 MHz
Memory 32 MiB, expandable to 1 GiB (70 ns 168-pin DIMM)
Dimensions Height: 17.3 inches (44 cm)
Weight: 9.7 inches (25 cm)
Depth: 17.3 inches (44 cm)
Weight 35 pounds (16 kg)
Predecessor Power Macintosh 8500
Successor Power Macintosh G3 (Mini Tower)
Related articles Power Macintosh 7300
Power Macintosh 9600

The Power Macintosh 8600 is a personal computer designed, manufactured, and sold by Apple Computer, Inc. from February 1997 to February 1998. It was introduced alongside the Power Macintosh 7300 and 9600 with a 200 MHz PowerPC 604e processor, and comes in a new case design that replaces the widely-disliked[1] Quadra 800-based form factor of its predecessor, the Power Macintosh 8500.

Like the 7300 and 9600, the 8600 featured the new PowerPC 604e and 604ev CPU, an enhanced version of the PowerPC 604 used in the predecessor models 8500 and 9500. It used the same new case as the 9600, but was somewhat less expandable (8 instead of 12 RAM sockets, 3 instead of 6 PCI slots) at a lower price, a distinction that was carried over from the previous generation. It includes advanced Audio-Video ports including RCA audio in and out, S-Video in and out and composite video in and out. The 8600 was plagued with supply problems from the beginning, and only in June 1997, four months after its introduction, was the computer widely available. The 300 MHz model was also delayed after its introduction, but not as heavily as the original model had been.[2]

In August 1997, the original model was replaced with two faster ones, at 250 and 300 MHz,[1] and the 8600 was discontinued in February 1998, a few months after the introduction of its replacement, the Power Macintosh G3 Mini Tower.

Models[edit]

Introduced February 17, 1997:

  • Power Macintosh 8600/200:[3] Includes System 7.5.5.

Introduced August 5, 1997:

  • Power Macintosh 8600/250:[4] Includes Mac OS 7.6.1.
  • Power Macintosh 8600/300:[5] Includes Mac OS 7.6.1.

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


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Pogue, David; Schorr, Joseph (1999). "Chapter 13: The PowerPC Macs, Model by Model". MacWorld Mac Secrets, 5th Edition. IDG Books. pp. 525–526. ISBN 0-7645-4040-8. 
  2. ^ Power Macintosh 8600 at apple-history.com
  3. ^ "Power Macintosh 8600/200: Technical Specifications". Apple. 
  4. ^ "Power Macintosh 8600/250: Technical Specifications". Apple. 
  5. ^ "Power Macintosh 8600/300: Technical Specifications". Apple. 

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