Power Macintosh 9500


Family: PowerMac

Codename: Tsunami, Autobahn

Gestalt ID: 67

Minimum OS: 7.5.2

Maximum OS: 9.1

Introduced: May 1995

Terminated: Early 1997


CPU: PowerPC 604

CPU Speed: 120/132/150/180/180x2/200 MHz

FPU: integrated

Bus Speed: 40/45/50/45/45/50 MHz

Register Width: 32-bit

Data Bus Width: 64-bit

Address Bus Width: 43-bit

Level 1 Cache: 16 kB data, 16 kB instruction

Level 2 Cache: 512 kB DIMM


RAM Type: 168 pin DIMM

Minimum RAM Speed: 70 ns

Onboard RAM: 0 MB

RAM slots: 12

Maximum RAM: 1526 MB

Expansion Slots: 6 PCI


Hard Drive: 2.0 GB

Floppy Drive: 1.4 MB SuperDrive

Optical Drive: 4x CD-ROM


ADB: 1

Serial: 2 Mini DIN-8


Audio Out: stereo 16 bit mini

Audio In: stereo 16 bit mini

Speaker: mono


Ethernet: AAUI-15, 10Base-T


Power: 225 Watts

Dimensions: 16.9" H x 7.7" W x 15.75" D

Weight: 36.8 lbs.


The Minimum System Software for the 150, dual-180 and 200 MHz models was 7.5.3. The dual-180 and 200 MHz models shipped with an 8x CD-ROM, and used a PowerPPC 604e processor, which had 32 kB data and instruction caches. The 120 MHz model had a 1 GB hard drive.

The first second generation PowerMac, the 9500 was introduced in May 1995, and is still most expandable PowerMac ever. It was powered by either a 120 or 132 MHz 604 processor, a second-generation PowerPC chip which was considerably faster than its predecessor, the 601. The big news about the 9500, however, was its 6 PCI slots. It was the first Mac to comply with the PCI industry standard. The 9500 came in a full tower case, and had 7 internal drive bays. Like the old Mac II, the 9500 came with no graphics capability--a third party add-on card was required. The most innovative feature of the 9500 was that it's processor came on a daughtercard, making future upgrades much less expensive. The 9500 cost $5,300, and was "speed bumped" to 150 MHz in April 1996. In August 1996, The 9500 was speed bumped again to a 200 MHz 604e processor and a multiprocessing twin 180 MHz 604e-based 9500 was released. The 9500 was replaced in early 1997 by the 9600.

Picture Credits:
Apple, Inc.