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Similar Macintosh models include the [[Power Macintosh 7200]], [[Power Macintosh 7500]] and [[Power Macintosh 9500]]. Requires system software version 7.5.2 or later (8500/120), 7.5.3 or later (8500/132 and 8500/150) with appropriate System Enabler, and 7.5.3 Revision 2 (8500/150 8x-CD and 8500/180).
 
Similar Macintosh models include the [[Power Macintosh 7200]], [[Power Macintosh 7500]] and [[Power Macintosh 9500]]. Requires system software version 7.5.2 or later (8500/120), 7.5.3 or later (8500/132 and 8500/150) with appropriate System Enabler, and 7.5.3 Revision 2 (8500/150 8x-CD and 8500/180).
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Introduced in August 1995, The 8500 brought 604 power and the PCI architecture to the mid-range, also boasting impressive AV features. The 8500 included a 120 Mhz 604 processor and 24-bit composite and S-video input and output. The processor of the 8500 shipped on a removable daughtercard. The 8500 came in a mini-tower case, sold for $4000, and was "speed bumped" to 132 and 150 Mhz in April 1996. It was speed bumped again to a 180 Mhz 604e processor in August, and was replaced in early 1997 by the 8600.
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Introduced in August 1995, The 8500 brought 604 power and the [[PCI]] architecture to the mid-range, also boasting impressive AV features. The 8500 included a 120 Mhz 604 processor and 24-bit composite and S-video input and output. The processor of the 8500 shipped on a removable daughtercard. The 8500 came in a mini-tower case, sold for $4000, and was "speed bumped" to 132 and 150 Mhz in April 1996. It was speed bumped again to a 180 Mhz 604e processor in August, and was replaced in early 1997 by the 8600.
    
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=General Information=
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===CPU===
 
===CPU===
The Power Macintosh 8500 and WS 8550 computers feature the [[PowerPC 604]] RISC microprocessor. The [[PowerPC 604]] microprocessor is installed via a card that plugs into the logic board, allowing for maximum flexibility with future upgrades. Features of this microprocessor include
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The Power Macintosh 8500 and WS 8550 computers feature the [[PowerPC 604]] [[RISC]] microprocessor. The [[PowerPC 604]] microprocessor is installed via a card that plugs into the logic board, allowing for maximum flexibility with future upgrades. Features of this microprocessor include
 
* Full RISC processing architecture
 
* Full RISC processing architecture
 
* Parallel processing units: one load-store unit, two integer units, one complex integer unit, and one floating point unit
 
* Parallel processing units: one load-store unit, two integer units, one complex integer unit, and one floating point unit
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* https://cdn.preterhuman.net/texts/computing/Apple_Service_PDF/PowerMac/powermac_8500_series.pdf - Apple Service PDF
 
* https://cdn.preterhuman.net/texts/computing/Apple_Service_PDF/PowerMac/powermac_8500_series.pdf - Apple Service PDF
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|+The Power Macintosh Series from [[Apple Computer]]
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|[[Power Macintosh 4400]] -- [[Power Macintosh 5200]] -- [[Power Macintosh 5260]] -- [[Power Macintosh 5300]] -- [[Power Macintosh 5400]] -- [[Power Macintosh 5500]] -- [[Power Macintosh 6100]] -- [[Power Macintosh 6200]] -- [[Power Macintosh 6300]] -- [[Power Macintosh 6360]] -- [[Power Macintosh 6400]] -- [[Power Macintosh 6500]] -- [[Power Macintosh 7100]] -- [[Power Macintosh 7200]] -- [[Power Macintosh 7300]] -- [[Power Macintosh 7500]] -- [[Power Macintosh 7600]] -- [[Power Macintosh 8100]] -- [[Power Macintosh 8500]] -- [[Power Macintosh 8600]] -- [[Power Macintosh 9500]] -- [[Power Macintosh 9600]] -- [[Power Macintosh G3]]
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[[Category:Apple]]
 
[[Category:PowerPC]]
 
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