PowerMac 9500/200 Facts at a Glance
- Processor: 604e, 200 MHz
- Bus Speed: 50 MHz
- L2 Cache: 512K (Max 512K)
- Installed RAM: 16MB or 32MB (Max 1.5 GB*)
- RAM Slots: 12, 168-pin DIMM
- Min RAM Speed: 70 ns
- Installed VRAM: 2MB (Max 4 MB)
- Drive: 2 GB SCSI
- Internal SCSI: Fast SCSI 10MB per sec
- CD Drive: 8X
- Network: On-board AAUI and 10baseT
- Slots: 6 PCI**
- Drive Bays: 1 (5.25")
- Supported MacOS: 7.5.3 - 9.x
- Introduced: 8-5-96
- Discontinued: 2/97
- Initial Retail Price: $4,900
- *128MB DIMMs can be used, but have not been tested
- **Video card occupies one slot
January 2, 2001
The Power Macintosh 9500/200 represented a speed bump for
an already existing Macintosh model. Part of the second generation
PowerMac family it was released in the summer of 96 when there
was a great deal of competition from the then existing Macintosh
clone makers, such as Power Computing.
The 9500 was considered a good, if expensive, performer and
was a top-level machine aimed at in-house publishing, media
authoring and technical market segments.
The 9500/180 sports a 604e PowerPC processor and along with
the 8500/180 (released at the same time) were the first machines
from Apple based on this faster version of the 604 PowerPC.
In addition the 604e chip had twice the amount of integrated
L1 cache than the 604 - 64K as opposed to 32K.
However the overall speed of the 8500/180's processing power
was hobbled somewhat by the small size of its L2 cache which
weighed in at 512K. The L2 cache on the 9500/200 is not upgradable
The 9500's processor resides on a separate daughter card
making it easily upgradable to a faster processor. The machine
has 6 PCI slots, an extra drive bay (internal Fast SCSI -
10MBps) and 12 memory slots for a total possible capacity
of 1536 MB of RAM. The 9500 shipped with 2MB of video RAM
and the ability to add 2 more, for more colors at higher resolutions.
Getting into the machine to add RAM is problematic. You basically
have to dismantle the whole machine just to get to the RAM
slots. The PCI slots however are relatively easy to access.
Apple would redesign cases for follow-on machines in this
family making them much more upgrade friendly.
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 1.5 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