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Power Macintosh 8600/200 Processor Upgrade And Discussion Page - Performance Of Latest G3 & G4 Processor Upgrades

PowerMac 8600/200 Facts at a Glance

  • Processor: 604e, 200MHz
  • Bus Speed: 50 MHz
  • L2 Cache: 256K
  • Installed RAM: 32MB (Max 1 GB*)
  • RAM Slots: 8, 168-pin DIMM
  • Min RAM Speed: 70 ns
  • Installed VRAM: 2MB (Max 4 MB)
  • Drive: 2GB SCSI
  • Internal Fast SCSI up to 10MBps
  • CD Drive: 12X
  • Network: On-board AAUI and 10baseT
  • Slots: 3PCI
  • Drive Bays: 2 (5.25") (Zip drive occupies one)
  • Supported MacOS: 7.5.5 - 9.x
  • Introduced: 2/17/97
  • Discontinued: 2/98
  • Original Price: $3,700
  • Notes:

  • *128MB DIMMs can be used, but have not been tested
  • Video in/out capable
  • Internal Zip Drive

 

January 25, 2001

Released in the winter of 1997, the 8600/200 was basically pretty similar inside to its predecessor the 8500. It however had a completely redesigned case which literally snapped apart exposing an uncluttered interior, making memory and other upgrades incredibly easy. In terms of speed it was nothing special for the time and faced stiff competition from faster cheaper Mac clones. The machine was aimed at the publishing and media authoring market and is video in/out capable.

The 8600/200 sports a 604e PowerPC processor that resides on a replaceable daughter card. Unlike the 8600 machines that would follow it, the 8600/200 has standard L2 cache rather than the faster in-line cache that would come later. The size of the L2 cache was an anemic 256K, but this could be upgraded to 1MB for a processor performance boost of approximately 25%. The machine shipped with 32MB of RAM which is expandable to 512MB using the 6 DIMM slots found on the motherboard. The 2MB of VRAM can be expanded to 4MB and the 8600 has 3 PCI slots. The drive is a 2GB SCSI and there is one free drive bay and one drive bay occupied by an internal Zip drive. The CD-ROM is 12X. The machine has built-in Ethernet and internal Fast SCSI support.

 

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Below you will find the MacBench 4.0 results for the current processor upgrades available for this machine. Results marked in blue indicate that benchmark results were done by us. All other processor card results were provided by the upgrade manufacturer. The bar graphs below express results as a percentage of improvement over the base machine, which receives a score of 100%. Further down the page you will find a table with the actual MacBench score.

** Note that MacBench does not take advantage of the Velocity Engine (AltiVec instructions) of the G4. For AltiVec accelerated applications you can see a 1.4 to 4 times performance improvement over the G3, depending on the application and the functions you are trying to perform.

For G4 Application specific scores - Click Here

 

 

 



"But I thought that the G4 was so much faster than the G3?" In some cases it is! For G4 Application specific scores - Click Here

MacBench Absolute Scores

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MacBench 4.0 Processor Score

Power Macintosh 8600/200 318
Sonnet Crescendo G3/375/187/512K 1100
PowerLogix G3/350/175/1MB 1107
NewerTechnology MAXpower G4/350/175/1MB 1118
XLR8 MACh Speed G3/333/222/1MB 1150
Sonnet Crescendo G3/400/200/512K 1173
PowerLogix G4/400/200/1MB 1239
XLR8 MACh Speed G4/400/200/1MB 1259
PowerLogix G3/400/200/1MB 1265
NewerTechnology MAXpower G4/400/200/1MB 1278
Sonnet Crescendo G4/400/200/1MB 1290
Sonnet Crescendo G3/400/200/1MB 1294
XLR8 MACh Speed G3/400/200/1MB 1294
NewerTechnology MAXpower G3/400/200/1MB 1327
XLR8 MACh Speed G3/450/225/1MB 1370
PowerLogix G4/450/225/1MB 1394
XLR8 MACh Speed G4/450/225/1MB 1417
NewerTechnology MAXpower G4/450/225/1MB 1436
Sonnet Crescendo G4/450/200/1MB 1451
PowerLogix G3/500/200/1MB 1462
PowerLogix G4/500/250/1MB 1549
XLR8 MACh Speed G4/500/250/1MB 1574
Sonnet Crescendo G3/500/250/1MB 1617
XLR8 MACh Speed G3/500/250/1MB 1618
NewerTechnology MAXpower G3/500/250/1MB 1642


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