Power Macintosh


CPU: PowerPC 604e

CPU Speed: 200/250/300 MHz

FPU: integrated

Bus Speed: 50 MHz

Data Path: 64 bit


RAM Type: 168 pin DIMM

Minimum RAM Speed: 70 ns

Onboard RAM: 0 MB

RAM slots: 8

Maximum RAM: 1024 MB

Level 1 Cache: 32 kB data, 32 kB instruction

Level 2 Cache: 512 kB DIMM

Expansion Slots: 3 PCI


VRAM: 2 MB (4 MB via 2 DIMM sockets)

Max Resolution: all resolutions supported

Video Out: DB-15


Hard Drive: 2.0 GB

Floppy Drive: 1.4 MB SuperDrive

Zip Drive: optional 100 MB

Optical Drive: 12x CD-ROM


ADB: 1

Serial: 2


Audio Out: stereo 16 bit mini

Audio In: stereo 16 bit mini

Speaker: mono


Ethernet: AAUI-15, 10Base-T


Codename: Kansas

Gestalt ID: 69

Power: 390 Watts

Dimensions: 14.91" H x 9.7" W x 17.3" D

Weight: 35 lbs.

Maximum OS: 9.1

Minimum OS: 7.5.5

Introduced: February 1997

Terminated: Early 1998


The Minimum System Software for the 250 and 300 MHz models was 7.6.1. They each shipped with a 24x CD-ROM, used a "Mach 5" 604e processor with a 1 MB inline level 2 cache and required 60 ns or faster RAM.

Although announced in February 1997, It was not until June that the 8600 actually shipped in bulk. It came in the same innovative case design as the 9600, and ran on a 200 MHz 604e. It included an internal Zip drive (a Power Mac first). It also included video input and output. The 8600 used the Nitro motherboard, as did its predecessor, the 8500. The 8600 initialy sold for $2,700. In August, Apple announced "speed bumped" versions of the 8600 with a 250 or 300 MHz "Mach 5" 604e. Like its predecessor, the 8600/300 did not ship for several months after it was announced due to supply problems. The 8600 was discontinued in early 1998.