Apple Powermac 7600/200mHz Computer

The Apple Power Macintosh 7600/200, released in November 1997 was a replacement for the Powermac 7600/132mHz and the Powermac 7600/120mHz was supplied with an enhanced version of the same PowerPC 604 processor. The case design featured the same outrigger design that was incorporated in the Powermac 7200 and Powermac 7500 series of computers.


Based on the TNT architecture, the Powermac 7600/200 features a 200 MHz PowerPC 604e processor with 16 MB or 32 MB of RAM, a 2.0 GBPowermac 7600/200 hard drive, built-in S-video ports for video input and RCA ports for video and sound input in a well-designed, easy-to-upgrade desktop case. Single-stream video output is supported by the Power Macintosh 7600/200, but dual-stream output is not. This model was sold in both Asia and Australia, but not in North America.

The 7600 is identical to the 7500, except for the processor card. The 7500 shipped with a 100 MHz PPC 601; the 7600 with a 120 MHz or 132 MHz PPC 604 or a 200 MHz 604e. Apple discontinued support and parts orders for this model on 2001.10.15 (2001.10.22 in Canada), except in California. You may be able to find dealers with parts inventory either locally or on our parts and service list.

A set of 8 memory card slots adorn the motherboard, each accepting 168pin 70 ns DRAM DIMMS. It does not require DIMMS to be installed in pairs. Officially, this model supports a maximum of 512 MB of RAM. However, third-parties have discovered that it actually can support 1024 MB (1.0 GB) of RAM with eight 128 MB memory modules.

Drive Bays:

This model has two 3.5″ drive bays (one is internal and occupied by a hard drive, and one is external and intended for a Zip 100 drive). By default, the external 3.5″ bay is free. The system also has an external 5.25″ drive bay occupied by the optical drive.

Because of the way the internal SCSI cable is routed in the 7300-7600, it is very easy for it to come loose from the motherboard while opening the case. Should this happen, be sure to plug it back into SCSI bus 0, not SCSI bus 1 (which is for the slower external SCSI port).

Video & Graphics:

With the default 2 MB of VRAM, this model supports a single display at 512×384, 640×480, 800×600 or 832×624 at 24-bit, 1024×768 or 1152×870 at 16-bit, and 1280×1024 at 8-bit. However, the motherboard supports 4 x vram SIMMS, each 1MB in size. With the maximum 4 MB of VRAM installed, it supports 512×384, 640×480, 800×600, 832×624, 1024×768, or 1152×870 at 24-bit and 1280×1024 at 16-bit.


The Powermac range of computers (including the 7600 series) offer a number of ports that have been included on Apple Desktops since their inception.  These include External SCSI (25 pin), AAUI Ethernet, 10 Base-T ethernet, Modem port, Printer port, video out (DB 15), ADB port and sound in and out via 3.5mm jacks.

Introduction Date: February 17, 1997 Discontinued Date: November 10, 1997
Processor Speed: 200 MHz Processor Type: PowerPC 604e
Details: This model has a 32-bit processor and a 64-bit data path.
Processor Upgrade: Daughtercard FPU: Integrated
System Bus Speed: 50 MHz Cache Bus Speed: N/A
ROM/Firmware Type: Macintosh ROM ROM/Firmware Size: 4 MB
L1 Cache: 64k L2 Cache: 256k
RAM Type: 168-pin DIMM Min. RAM Speed: 70 ns
Details: Supports eight 70 ns 168-pin DIMMs.
Standard RAM: 16 MB, 32 MB Maximum RAM: 1.0 GB*
Motherboard RAM: None RAM Slots: 8
Video Card: Dedicated* VRAM Type: 1 MB VRAM DIMM*
Details: *By default, this model has 2 MB of VRAM installed as two 1 MB VRAM DIMMs.
Standard VRAM: 2 MB* Maximum VRAM: 4 MB*
Display Support: Single Display* Resolution Support: 832×624*
Details: *
Standard Hard Drive: 2.0 GB Int. HD Interface: SCSI
Standard Optical: 12X CD-ROM Standard Disk: 1.44 MB (Manual)
Standard Modem: None Standard Ethernet: AAUI, 10Base-T
Expansion Slots: 3 PCI Expansion Bays: 2 3.5″
Details: *
Case Type: Desktop Form Factor: Power Mac 7500
Apple Order No: M4947J/A* Apple Subfamily: Power Mac 7600
Details: *M4947J/A is the order number for this model in Japan. Order numbers in other countries differed.
Apple Model No: M3979 Gestalt ID: 68
Battery Type: 3.6V Lithium Battery Life: N/A
Original Mac OS: 7.5.5 Supported Mac OS: 7.5.5-9.1
Details: Earlier and later versions of the Macintosh System/Finder and Mac OS are not supported.
Dimensions: 6.15 x 14.4 x 16.9 Avg. Weight: 22.0 lbs (10 kg)