Power Macintosh 8500

The Apple Power Macintosh 8500 is a personal computer that was designed, manufactured, and sold by Apple from 1995 to 1997 as part of the Power Macintosh series of Macintosh computers. The computer has been introduced on August 7, 1995, and its price started at $3900.

The new Power Macintosh features a 120 MHz / 132 MHz or 150 MHz PowerPC 604 or 180 MHz PowerPC 604e processor, 16 MB or 32 MB of RAM, 1 GB / 1.2 GB or 2 GB hard drive, 4x CD-ROM or 8x CD-ROM drive, and 1.44 MB floppy drive.

This Macintosh has been discontinued on February 17, 1997.

Today Power Macintosh 8500 is 27 years old!

Power Macintosh 8500
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Power Macintosh 8500 Release Date and Original Price

IntroducedAugust 7, 1995 (120 MHz)
April 22, 1996 (132 MHz & 150 MHz)
September 19, 1996 (180 MHz)
DiscontinuedApril 1, 1996 (120 MHz)
September 19, 1996 (132 MHz & 150 MHz)
February 17, 1997 (180 MHz)
Model Identifier69
Model NumberM3409
Order NumberM3104LL/A
M3105LL/A
M4889LL/A
M4890LL/A
M5347LL/A
M5348LL/A
M5349LL/A
Original Price$3,900
$4,000
$4,500
$4,700
ColorsPlatinum
Weight25 Ibs.
11.339 KG
Dimensions14” H x 7.7” W x 15.75” D
35.56 cm H x 19.55 cm W x 40 cm D

Tech Specs

Processor

ProcessorPowerPC 604
Processor Speed120 MHz
132 MHz
150 MHz
180 MHz
Architecture32-bit
Number of Cores1
System Bus40 MHz
45 MHz
50 MHz
Cache16/32 KB L1
256 KB L2
CoprocessorBuilt-in FPU

Storage & Media

Storage1 GB
1.2 GB
2 GB
Media1 – 1.44 MB Floppy
1 – 4x CD-ROM or 8x CD-ROM (Optional)

Memory

Built-in Memory16 MB
32 MB
Maximum Memory512 MB (Apple)
1 GB (Actual)
Memory Slots8 – 168 pin DIMM
Minimum Speed70 ns
ROMUnknown
Interleaving SupportYes

Display

Built-in DisplayNone

Graphics

Graphics CardNone
Graphics Memory2 MB
4 MB
Display Connection1 – DB-15
1 – Composite
1 – S-Video

Expansion

Expansion Slots3 – PCI
1 – DAV
Hard Drive InterfaceSCSI

Connections

Ethernet1 – AAUI-15
1 – 10BASE-T
ModemNone
Wi-FiNone
BluetoothNone
InfraredNone
ADB1
Serial2
SCSI1 – DB-25
Floppy PortNone
Audio In1 – 3.5-mm analog input jack
2 – RCA input
Audio Out1 – 3.5-mm analog output jack
1 – Built-in speaker
2 – RCA output
Display1 – DB-15
1 – Composite
1 – S-Video

Software

Original OSSystem Software 7.5.2
Maximum OSMac OS 9.1
FirmwareMacintosh ROM

Power

Backup Battery3.6 V Lithium
Maximum Continuous Power225 W
Line Voltage100-125 V
200-240 V

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References:
Apple Support – Power Macintosh 8500/120: Technical Specifications
Apple Support – Power Macintosh 8500/132: Technical Specifications
Apple Support – Power Macintosh 8500/150: Technical Specifications
Apple Support – Power Macintosh 8500/180: Technical Specifications