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June 19, 1995: Power Macintosh 9500
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: June 20, 2020 03:06PM
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June 19, 1995: Apple releases the Power Macintosh 9500, a high-end Mac that boasts a second-generation PowerPC chip that’s much faster than its predecessor.

The Power Mac 9500 is also significant for coming with six Peripheral Component Interconnect, or PCI, slots. They allow owners to attach hardware using the Intel-developed industry standard connection. Along with seven bays for internal drives and a swappable daughterboard, this makes the 9500 the most expandable Power Mac ever produced.

This machine looked similar to previous Apple mini-towers like the Power Mac 8100 (which shipped in 1994) and the Macintosh Quadra 800 (which shipped a year before that). Visually, the biggest difference from the Power Mac 8100 was that the new Power Mac 9500 measured a few inches taller.

Inside, however, major changes lurked. While the 8100 used the first-gen PowerPC 601 processor, running at 110 MHz, the 9500 came in 120 MHz and 130 MHz models. This made it blisteringly fast at the time: 50 percent faster than the Power Mac 8100. It even proved astonishingly speedy next to a Pentium 133 MHz processor, running between 72 percent and 87 percent faster for certain operations.






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Re: June 19, 1995: Power Macintosh 9500
Posted by: Buzz
Date: June 20, 2020 03:39PM
Man, I drooled for a PM9500 at the time.... did get a PM8500, which eventually got G3'ed, but the Jonesin' for that PM Megatower was intense.
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Re: June 19, 1995: Power Macintosh 9500
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: June 20, 2020 04:41PM
A great and noble beast! I bought one two or three years ago, but it arrived in a thousand pieces. Much of the plastic turned to shards during delivery. I’m left only with a motherboard, power supply, some sheet metal, and a fan.
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Re: June 19, 1995: Power Macintosh 9500
Posted by: kurtzie
Date: June 20, 2020 05:42PM
I had one. You had to basically disassemble the whole computer to add ram.
The first time was nerve racking. Eventually I could do it with my eyes closed.
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Re: June 19, 1995: Power Macintosh 9500
Posted by: Buzz
Date: June 20, 2020 06:05PM
"I had one. You had to basically disassemble the whole computer to add ram."


Ouch! You just made my knuckles hurt and bleed...
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Re: June 19, 1995: Power Macintosh 9500
Posted by: Dennis R
Date: June 20, 2020 07:01PM
I still have mine in the basement. Along with my first Mac, a Mac II.
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Re: June 19, 1995: Power Macintosh 9500
Posted by: Speedy
Date: June 20, 2020 09:02PM
9600. Nuff said.



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Re: June 19, 1995: Power Macintosh 9500
Posted by: testcase
Date: June 21, 2020 10:57AM
Didn't the 9500 boast a 604 PPC chip (one of the few Apple models that did)?
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Re: June 19, 1995: Power Macintosh 9500
Posted by: JoeH
Date: June 21, 2020 12:08PM
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testcase
Didn't the 9500 boast a 604 PPC chip (one of the few Apple models that did)?

The 8500 followed it with a PPC 604 a couple months later.
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Re: June 19, 1995: Power Macintosh 9500
Posted by: PeterB
Date: June 21, 2020 03:12PM
I still have a 9600, as part of the Mac hoard... [forums.macresource.com]




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Re: June 19, 1995: Power Macintosh 9500
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: June 21, 2020 06:12PM
I sold my 9600 off piece by piece. I got more money for it that way. I bought it used anyway.



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