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Power Macintosh 9600/350 Processor Upgrade And Discussion Page - Performance Of Latest G3 & G4 Processor Upgrades

PowerMac 9600/350 Facts at a Glance

  • Processor: 604e, 350 MHz
  • Bus Speed: 50 MHz
  • L2 Cache: 1MB, 100MHz "inline"
  • Installed RAM: 64MB (1.5 GB Max)
  • RAM Slots: 12, 168-pin DIMM
  • Min RAM Speed: 70 ns
  • Installed VRAM: 8MB - IMS TwinTurbo 128 car
  • Drive: 4GB SCSI
  • Internal Fast SCSI up to 10MBps
  • CD Drive: 24X
  • Network: On-board AAUI and 10baseT
  • Slots: 6 PCI
  • Drive Bays: 1 (5.25")
  • Supported MacOS: 7.6.1 - 9.X
  • Introduced: 8/97
  • Discontinued: 3/98
  • Original Price: $5,400
  • Current Price


  • 128MB DIMMs can be used, but have not been tested.
  • Internal Zip Drive, 100MB
  • In-line cache

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The Power Macintosh 9600/350 came out when Apple was facing some stiff competition from clone manufacturers. As a speed bump to the 300MHz 9600, the 350MHz machine was a real workhorse sporting a 604e processor with 1 MB 100MHz "in-line" L2 cache, a fast SCSI drive, 6 PCI slots, a fast video card with plenty of VRAM and a 24X CD ROM drive.

The machine also had an internal Zip drive and one free drive bay (5.25")

The 9600 came with 64 MB of RAM and the motherboard's 12 RAM slots allowed you to upgrade (currently) to a whopping 1.5GB of memory.

This professional machine was fairly short lived as the upcoming, faster, G3 machines were nipping at it's heals

The 9600's case is very easy to get into - you sort of roll it apart.





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 9600/350 862
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