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Apple Power Macintosh 8600/300The 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.

Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
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.
Mirroring Only Variable*
Details: *With 4 MB of VRAM installed, this model can mirror the primary display on a secondary display or television.
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.

Also see: All Macs with the N/A Model Number and 103 Gestalt ID.

For more about identifiers and how to locate them on modern Macs, please refer to's Mac Identification section.
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.

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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
1 N/A
Details: 100V-240V AC, 50-60 Hz Frequency, 560 Max Watts.

Icon Credit: Apple Computer, Inc.

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