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PowerMac 8600/9600

Quite simply, the best of Apples Darkest Era. The best of the non OS X Macs.

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Comment by davekill on November 2, 2013 at 10:52pm

Ready to do some old school analog editing :) 

Comment by Jeremy Clayton-Travis on November 3, 2013 at 5:43am

One of the issues regarding video capture in an 8600 was the amount of video ram you had installed on the motherboard. Because this model didn't have a PCI video card you were limited to 4 mb of video ram which was shared by the display and the capture facility. 

One way round this was to install a standard ATA video card with 4 or even 8 mb of video ram and leave all the onboard display ram to work for the capture facility.

Of course if you were rich you could by an AVID card and work around it that way.

Personally I brought a Pinnacle capture card which came with a copy of Adobe premier. 

I'm fascinated to see the adapter used on a SATA drive ? 

I've never been able to find one in the UK. 

I settled for buying and IDE / PCI card and running large cheap drives that way. 

Comment by davekill on November 3, 2013 at 1:18pm

Thanks for the info, I'm still learning what this 8600 can do.

My first copy of Premiere 5.0 came bundled with a Matrox capture card and breakout box, a very good deal at the time!

The drive I found on eBay for $9.95 is a Seagate 10,000 RPM SCSI Ultra 160.

The seller of the SCSI adapter on eBay is

They have a couple of good pictures

Their description is:

Internal SCA 80 pin Female to 50 pin Male SCSI-1 / SCSI-2

Connect a SCA 80pin drive to 50pin cable


Convert 50pin cable to a 80pin SCA Drive

Both sellers shipped very fast and I would buy from them again.

Comment by davekill on November 5, 2013 at 2:25pm
The press release for the 8600 stated 'Near' broadcast quality performance - hmmm...
Not happy with the video capture performance at 640x480 - too many dropped frames.
Next step, an Adaptec 2940u2W scsi controller card to improve data transfer rates to the secondary drive.
Comment by Hap Plain on October 30, 2014 at 11:53am

Not quite a 8600/9600 but a very close relative being the PEX 9700

Comment by Jeremy Clayton-Travis on October 30, 2014 at 12:30pm

I have maxed mine out to the hilt.

I put in a 128 Mb Video card. 1.5 Gig of ram and a 128 Gig IDE drive using a sonnet IDE / firewire USB card. 

I do have a Video capture card that has an additional break out box.

These computers really do run well. 

The advanced keyboard is a plus as well. 


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