Power Macintosh 9500

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Power Macintosh 9500
Release date May 1, 1995
Discontinued February 17, 1997
Operating system Mac OS 7.5.1-7.6.1, 8.0-8.6, 9.0-9.1
CPU PowerPC 604 @ 120,132,150,180x2,200 MHz
Memory Expandable to 1.5 GB (168 pin DIMM 5V)

The Power Macintosh 9500 (the 132 MHz model is also known as Power Macintosh 9515 in Europe and Japan) is a high-end Macintosh personal computer which was designed, manufactured and sold by Apple Computer from May 1, 1995 until February 17, 1997. It was powered by a PowerPC 604 processor, a second-generation PowerPC chip which was faster than the earlier PowerPC 601 chip. The 180MP and 200 used the enhanced PowerPC 604e processor. The CPU was connected via a daughterboard, and so could be swapped easily. Available were single-processor cards ranging from 120 to 200 MHz, and a dual processor card with two 180 MHz CPUs. It was the first Macintosh to use the PCI standard, with six PCI slots available, with one always needed for the graphics card. The basic design of the logic board, called "Tsunami", was used by various Macintosh clone makers as a reference design [1] and a modified version was used in the non-Macintosh Apple Network Server series. The 9500 was superseded by the Power Macintosh 9600 in February 1997.

Utilizing a third party G4 CPU upgrade[2] and the XPostFacto installation utility it is possible to run up to Mac OS X v10.5 "Leopard" on a 9500, making it the oldest model capable of running Mac OS X.

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Preceded by
Macintosh Quadra 950
Power Macintosh 9500
May 1, 1995
February 17, 1997
Succeeded by
Power Macintosh G3 (minitower)