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PowerMac 9600/233 Facts at a Glance

  • Processor: 604e, 233MHz
  • Bus Speed: 46.6 MHz
  • L2 Cache: 512K
  • Installed RAM: 32MB (1.5 GB Max)
  • RAM Slots: 12, 168-pin DIMM
  • Min RAM Speed: 70 ns
  • Installed VRAM: 4MB
  • Drive: 4GB SCSI
  • CD Drive: 12X
  • Internal Fast SCSI up to 10MBps
  • Drive Bays: 2 (5.25")
  • Slots: 6PCI 12"
  • Ethernet: AAUI, 10Base-T
  • Supported MacOS: 7.5.5 - 9.X
  • Introduced: 2/17/97
  • Discontinued: 8/97
  • Original Price: $4,199
  • Current Price
  • Notes:

  • 128MB DIMMs can be used, but have not been tested
  • Memory capable of interleaving for slight performance improvement
  • Shipped with IMS Twin Turbo 128 video card
  • L2 cache soldered to motherboard, non-upgradabl



Tuesday, November 21, 2000

The 9600/233 was released in the winter of 1997. At that time Apple was attempting to come out with faster and less expensive computers to get the initiative back from the Mac clone manufacturers who had been beating the company in the price/performance equation. The 9600 made some gains in that direction, providing good performance at a lower price point than its predecessor. The 9600 sported a redesigned case that, though bulky, made installing upgrades a breeze. Aimed at the publishing professional, the 9600/233 has 6 PCI slots, came with the IMS Twin Turbo 128 2-D and 3-D video acceleration card with 4MB of VRAM, and a fast 4GB SCSI drive.

The 9600/233 is powered by a 604e PowerPC processor that resides on a replaceable daughter card. Unlike the 9600 machines that would follow it, the 9600/233 has standard L2 cache rather than the faster in-line cache that would come later. The size of the L2 cache is 512K and cannot be upgraded as it is soldered to the motherboard. The machine shipped with 32MB of RAM which is expandable to 1536 MB using the 12 DIMM slots. The CD-ROM is 12X. The machine has built-in Ethernet and internal Fast SCSI support.




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 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

Processor Upgrade Card

MacBench 4.0 Processor Score

Power Macintosh 9600/233 428
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