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PowerMac 9600 for Ease of Access + Expansion
Authored by: glowurm on Jul 28, '03 11:02:18AM
The x500 series = Crap Garbage Pain to do any sort of upgrades to.

In my memory the 9600 series was top notch in available space and ease of access, features which I still desire in current machines. Sure, you've got ease of access in the newer models, but nothing beats 12 RAM slots, 6 PCI expansion slots, and 4 drive bays. Nothing except a machine with more space than that, but Apple has yet to build one (AFAIK).

Granted, only 1 of those bays were free in the default configuration, and the RAM is listed as only being expandable to 1.5GB, but that's still a lot of freakin' memory. Especially at the prices back then...

Have a look here for more info, and for a demo of the "Easy Open Case" look no further than this QTVR.

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8500 etc...
Authored by: robg on Jul 28, '03 11:25:55AM

The 8500 was, indeed, a major PitA to work on. Four thumscrews at the back, then, if I recall correctly, you were then looking at the bottom of the motherboard, and that required some convolutions to remove in order to add RAM ... it's many years ago now, but that's my recollection of it.

-rob.



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8500 etc...
Authored by: nathanst on Jul 28, '03 04:04:00PM

Yes; I have one sitting here that's been upgraded up the wazoo. Among other things I have a floppy cable hanging out the front of the floppy port where a second HD is mounted...

Not only do you have to mess with the screws in the back and remove other major components to get access to the memory, it is also a pain to put the cover back on, since you have to get the little metal strips on the edges lined up perfectly before the cover will go on, and you usually bend a few of them each time you do it.

But, the 7500 (which I recently got rid of) was relatively easy to get access to, since everything just unlatched and swung open. Almost as easy as today's machines.

The best thing about these machines is the processor daughter-card that makes it easy to upgrade the processor.



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PowerMac 9600 for Ease of Access + Expansion
Authored by: foo12 on Aug 11, '03 03:38:52AM

Don't forget that the 9600 also had a mounting points for (iirc) two internal hard drives in addition to the factory drive.



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