Power Macintosh 9600

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Power Macintosh 9600 / Workgroup Server 9650
Power Macintosh 9600 350.jpg
Also known as "Kansas"
Developer Apple Computer, Inc.
Product family Power Macintosh
Release date February 17, 1997 (1997-02-17)
Introductory price US$3,700 (equivalent to $5,641 in 2017)
Discontinued March 17, 1998 (1998-03-17)
Operating system System 7.5.5 - Mac OS 9.1
CPU PowerPC 604e or 604ev @ dual 200, single 200 - 350 MHz
Memory 32 MB, expandable to 1.5 GB (70 ns 168-pin DIMM)
Predecessor Power Macintosh 9500
Successor Power Macintosh G3 (Mini Tower)
Related articles Power Macintosh 7300
Power Macintosh 8600

The Power Macintosh 9600 (also sold with additional server software as the Apple Workgroup Server 9650) is a personal computer that is a part of Apple Computer's Power Macintosh series of Macintosh computers. It was introduced in February 1997 alongside the Power Macintosh 7300 and 8600, and replaced the Power Macintosh 9500 as Apple's flagship desktop computer. It was the last Macintosh model able to boot and run System 7 natively.

The 9600 was replaced by the Power Macintosh G3 Mini Tower in Apple's product lineup in November 1997, with sales of the 9600 continuing until March 1998.

Models[edit]

When introduced, the Power Macintosh 9600 was available with three processor configurations: single-processor 200 MHz, dual-processor 200 MHz, and single-processor 233 MHz. The line was updated in August 1997 with a single-processor 300 MHz or 350 MHz "Mach 5" 604ev with a larger L2 cache, priced at $4,500 and $5,300 respectively.[1] An updated Workgroup Server 9650 was introduced at the same time with a 350 MHz CPU, and could be ordered pre-configured as an application server, AppleShare server or Internet server, with prices ranging from $6,800 to $7,500 USD depending on the software package chosen.[1]

The 350 MHz model was initially discontinued in October due to CPU supply problems,[2] but reintroduced on February 17, 1998[3] when the 300 MHz model was discontinued in favor of the new Power Macintosh G3 Mini Tower. While the G3 was faster, its expandability was only on par with the 8600, so the 9600 was kept available until March for users that required it.

Hardware[edit]

Power Macintosh 9600 logic board

The 9600 came in the same new case as the 8600, but was internally very similar to the 9500 that preceded it, with 12 RAM slots and 6 PCI slots instead of the 8 RAM and 3 PCI slots on the 8600.[4] The 9600 used the new PowerPC 604e CPU, an enhanced version of the 9500 604.

IMS IXMICRO TwinTurbo 128
video card

Like its predecessor, the PowerMac 9600 has no built-in video; instead, it shipped with an 8MB IXMICRO TwinTurbo 128-bit PCI video card installed.

The Power Macintosh 9600/350 was the most powerful Mac ever in Apple's four-digit model numbering system, the last multiprocessor Mac for three years, and the last six-slot model to date. It was also the last Mac to support System 7. No version of OS X was officially supported by Apple on the 9600; its installation and use required the use of the third-party software solution XPostFacto. Mac OS X 10.3 or 10.4 was only possible with a G3 processor upgrade installed, and OS X 10.5 was possible with a G4 upgrade. The 9600 was part of the final generation of Macs to ship with a SCSI hard drive as a standard feature; subsequent Macs adopted IDE for the internal hard drive bus.

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 Walsh, Jeff (August 11, 1997). "350-MHz Mac among Apple's onslaught". InfoWorld Magazine. p. 15. 
  2. ^ Tafael, Kathy (January 1998). "Power Macintosh G3 Kicks Ass". MacAddict. p. 42. 
  3. ^ "Apple Power Macintosh 9600/350 Specs". EveryMac. 
  4. ^ "Power Macintosh 9600/233: Technical Specifications". Apple. 

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