PowerMac 9600/200 Facts at a Glance
- Processor: 604e, 200 MHz
- Bus Speed: 50 MHz
- L2 Cache: 512K, Soldered/Non-upgradeable
- Installed RAM: 32MB (*1536 MB Max)
- RAM Slots: 12, 168-pin DIMM
- Min RAM Speed: 70 ns
- Installed VRAM: 4MB (Max 8 MB)
- Drive: 4GB SCSI
- CD Drive: 12X
- Internal Fast SCSI up to 10MBps
- Drive Bays: 2 (5.25")
- Slots: 6 PCI
- Ethernet: AAUI, 10Base-T
- Supported MacOS: 7.5.5 - 9.X
- Introduced: 2-17-97
- Discontinued: 8/97
- Original Price: $3,700
- *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
- One PCI slot occupied by video card
- L2 cache soldered to motherboard, non-upgradable
The Power Macintosh 9600/200 came out when Apple was facing
some stiff competition from clone manufacturers. Comparable
systems like the SuperMac S900/200 and PowerTower Pro 200
ran $400 to $1,000 less than the 9600. The clones' uncertain
future prompted many to fork out the extra bucks and invest
in this workhorse.
With the 9600's flip down side, Apple finally showed that
they could make a machine that was easy to access. While more
expandable than past offerings, Apple fell short of the advances
made by others.
The Umax S900 offered 4 free drive bays and Power Computing's
Power Tower Pro a whopping 7. Compare this to 2 in the more
expensive 9600 and you can see why Apple decided to give the
clones the axe!
On the plus side, when it was released the 9600 was the fastest
shipping 604e/200MHz machine available. It edged out its competitors
The processor resides on a daughter card for easy replacement.
Unfortunately Apple chose to solder the 512K level 2 cache
to the motherboard, eliminating this as a potential upgrade.
The good news of course is that there are plenty of upgrade
options for this machine....
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