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Power Macintosh 8600/200 Processor Upgrade Page

PowerMac 8600/200 Facts at a Glance

  • Processor: 604e, 200MHz
  • L2 Cache: 256K
  • Drive: 2GB SCSI
  • Internal Fast SCSI up to 10MBps
  • Slots: 3PCI
  • Installed RAM: 32MB (512 Max)
  • RAM Slots: 8, 168-pin DIMM
  • Min RAM Speed: 70 ns
  • Installed VRAM: 2MB
  • Introduced: 2/17/97
  • Original Price: $3,700
  • Notes:

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


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 most of the processor upgrades available for this machine. These results are what the individual manufactures publish for their cards. In other words the speed trials were run by the manufacturer. For an independent evaluation of these cards check the Processor Upgrade Page to see if we have results available. 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 scores.

MacBench Absolute Scores

Processor Upgrade Card

MacBench 4.0 Processor Score

Power Macintosh 8600/200 318
Sonnet Crescendo G3/233/177/512K 720
PowerLogix PowerForce G3/220/110/512K 742
Vimage Vpower G3/233/117/512K 757
XLR8 MACh Speed G3/233/117/512K 777
NewerTechnology MAXpower G3/250/125/512K 800
NewerTechnology MAXpower G3/266/133/512K 875
XLR8 MACh Speed G3/266/133/512K 881
Sonnet Crescendo G3/266/133/1MB 920
Vimage Vpower G3/266/133 939
Mactell PowerJolt G3/250/250/1MB 973
NewerTechnology MAXpower G3/300/150/512K 975
Mactell PowerJolt G3/266/266/1MB 1018
Vimage Vpower G3/300/150/1MB 1045
Sonnet Crescendo G3/300/150/1MB 1045
PowerLogix PowerForce G3/300/150/1MB 1047
NewerTechnology MAXpower G3/300/150/1MB 1060
XLR8 MACh Speed G3/300/200/1MB 1091
XLR8 MACh Speed G3/333/167/1MB 1154
Sonnet Crescendo G3/333/167/1MB 1155
Mactell PowerJolt G3/300/300/1MB 1161
NewerTechnology MAXpower G3/333/166/1MB 1179
Sonnet Crescendo G3/366183/1MB 1252
PowerLogix PowerForce G3/300/300/1MB 1276
XLR8 MACh Speed G3/366/183/1MB 1286
NewerTechnology MAXpower G3/366/183/1MB 1286
XLR8 MACh Speed G3/400/200/1MB 1399
Sonnet Crescendo G3/400/200/1MB 1400
NewerTechnology MAXpower G3/400/200/1MB 1417