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Apple Power Macintosh 8600/300 Specs

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Apple Power Macintosh 8600/300 The Apple Power Macintosh 8600/300, based on the Kansas architecture, features a 300 MHz PowerPC 604e "Mach 5" processor, 32 MB of RAM, a 4.0 GB hard drive, a 24X CD-ROM drive, an internal Zip drive (on the M6092LL/A configuration), and built-in graphics acceleration and S-video ports for video input and output as well as RCA ports for video and sound input and output in a well-designed, "flip open" tower case design that is significantly easier to upgrade than earlier Power Mac tower cases.

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August 5, 1997 February 17, 1998
Details: The "Introduction Date" refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The "Discontinued Date" refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.

Also see: All Macs introduced in 1997.
300 MHz PowerPC 604e
Details: This model has a 32-bit processor and a 64-bit data path.
Daughtercard Integrated
Details: A variety of third-party processor upgrades and accelerators were available.
50 MHz 100 MHz*
Details: *This model has a 50 MHz system bus and a 100 MHz "inline" level 2 cache bus.
Macintosh ROM 4 MB
Details: N/A
64k 1 MB (Inline)
Details: 1 MB "inline" level 2 cache on its own 100 MHz bus.
168-pin DIMM 70 ns
Details: Supports eight 70 ns 168-pin DIMMs.
32 MB 1.0 GB*
Details: *Officially, this model supports a maximum of 512 MB of RAM. However, third-parties have discovered that it actually can support 1024 MB (1.0 GB) of RAM with eight 128 MB memory modules.
None 8
Details: RAM can be interleaved (installed in matching pairs) to improve performance.
Dedicated* 1 MB VRAM DIMM*
Details: *By default, this model has 2 MB of VRAM installed as two 1 MB VRAM DIMMs.
2 MB* 4 MB*
Details: *By default, this model has 2 MB of VRAM installed as two 1 MB VRAM DIMMs. It has four dedicated VRAM DIMM slots that each can be populated with a 1 MB VRAM DIMM for a total maximum of 4 MB of VRAM.
Single Display* 832x624*
Details: *With the default 2 MB of VRAM, this model supports a single display at 512x384, 640x480, 800x600 or 832x624 at 24-bit, 1024x768 or 1152x870 at 16-bit, and 1280x1024 at 8-bit.

With the maximum 4 MB of VRAM installed, it supports 512x384, 640x480, 800x600, 832x624, 1024x768, or 1152x870 at 24-bit and 1280x1024 at 16-bit.
4 GB SCSI
Details: *By default, this model is configured with a 4.0 GB internal SCSI hard drive.
24X CD-ROM* 1.44 MB* (Manual)
Details: *The M6092LL/A configuration of this model also has a built-in Iomega Zip drive.
None AAUI, 10Base-T
Details: This model has both AAUI and 10Base-T Ethernet onboard.
3 PCI 1 5.25"*
Details: *If the Zip drive is installed, the remaining open 5.25" drive bay is front-facing. Without a Zip drive, there are two open 5.25" front-facing drive bays.
Tower Power Mac 9600
Details: N/A
M6092LL/A* Power Mac 8600
Details: *M6092LL/A and M6342LL/A both refer to this model, but the former has a standard internal Zip drive and the latter does not.
N/A 103
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.
3.6V Lithium N/A
Details: N/A
7.6.1 7.6.1-9.1
Details: Earlier and later versions of the Macintosh System/Finder and Mac OS are not supported.

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17.3 x 9.7 x 17.3 35.0 lbs (15.9 kg)
Details: In inches - height by width by depth, (43.9 cm, 24.6 cm, 43.9 cm).
US$3699 N/A
Details: Photo Credit: Apple Computer, Inc.



Click on the underlined category text for additional details. The most commonly needed info is "open" by default, but all info is important. The icons correspond with the icons for each port on the computer.


1 (DB-15) None
Details: N/A
1 1 (DB-25)
Details: N/A
None 2*
Details: *Two Geoport serial ports standard (one printer, one modem).
None 2*
Details: *Both AAUI-15 and 10Base-T Ethernet standard.
1* 1*
Details: S-video input and composite (RCA) video input and output ports.
1 (PlainTalk) None*
Details: *Single microphone sound in port. RCA ports for sound input, too.
1 (16-Bit Stereo) None*
Details: *Single rear-mounted sound out port. RCA ports for sound output, too.
1 None
Details: N/A
None None
Details: N/A
1 N/A
Details: 100V-240V AC, 50-60 Hz Frequency, 560 Max Watts.

Icon Credit: Apple Computer, Inc.



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