Power Macintosh 8200 Power Macintosh 8200

Power Macintosh 8200 Datasheet

In the annals of Apple’s storied history, one pivotal moment stands out: the release of the Power Macintosh 8200 in 1996. A jewel in the crown of the Power Macintosh series, the 8200 was engineered to deliver an unparalleled computing experience. When it graced the market on April 22, 1996, it swiftly became the darling of Mac enthusiasts worldwide.

The Power Macintosh 8200, a tower iteration of the Power Macintosh 7200 desktop, shares its roots in the PCI-based “Catalyst” architecture. Its tower case design, reminiscent of the NuBus-based Power Macintosh 8100, set it apart in both form and function.

At its heart lay a robust 100 MHz or 120 MHz PowerPC 601 processor, a testament to Apple’s commitment to speed and power. With memory options ranging from 8 MB to 16 MB and hard drive capacities spanning from 700 MB to 1.2 GB, users could effortlessly manage hefty files. The inclusion of a 4x or 8x CD-ROM drive facilitated seamless software installations and CD playback, while the timeless 1.44 MB floppy drive stood ready for critical data storage.

Encased in the same expandable tower design that debuted with the Quadra 800, the Power Macintosh 8200 embodied Apple’s signature fusion of form and function.

While this model found its way into the hands of eager users across Europe and Asia, North America remained uncharted territory for the Power Macintosh 8200.

A close sibling to the Power Mac 7200, the 8200 graced the scene in 100 and 120 MHz incarnations. Unlike its counterparts, the CPU’s placement precluded the usual daughter card upgrades, leaving users with the option to swap the motherboard with that of a Power Mac 8500, supplemented by a daughter card.

Sonnet Technologies emerged as the lone pioneer in crafting PowerPC G3 or G4 upgrades for the 7200 and 8200. Their PCI card, replete with dedicated RAM slots for the upgrade processor, mirrored the ethos of the Radius Rocket. It’s worth noting, however, that the L2 cache slot in the 8200 held certain limitations for upgrades.

Though an impressive machine, the 8200 earned the moniker “Compromised Mac” due to hiccups in the promised upgrade path. It wasn’t until the twilight of 2000 that Sonnet succeeded in birthing an accelerator for this formidable machine.

Sadly, the Power Macintosh 8200’s radiant star dimmed all too soon, as it bid adieu on September 19, 1996, merely six months after its debut. Yet, its memory endures as a cherished relic for those who had the privilege of using it. Today, at 28 years old, the Power Macintosh 8200’s indelible imprint continues to resonate throughout the technology landscape.

Power Mac 8200/120
Source: invaluable.com – Power Mac 8200/120

Power Macintosh 8200 Details

IntroducedApril 22, 1996
DiscontinuedSeptember 19, 1996
Model Identifier108
Model NumberUnknown
Order NumberUnknown
Original PriceUnknown
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

Power Mac 8200 Tech Specs


ProcessorPowerPC 601
Processor Speed100 MHz
120 MHz
Number of Cores1
System Bus40 MHz
Cache32 KB L1
256 KB L2
CoprocessorBuild-in FPU

Storage & Media

Storage700 MB
1 GB
1 GB
Media1 – 1.44 MB Floppy
1 – 4x CD-ROM or 8x CD-ROM


Built-in Memory8 MB
16 MB
Maximum Memory256 MB
Memory Slots4 – 168 pin DIMMs
Minimum Speed70 ns
Interleaving SupportNo


Built-in DisplayNone


Graphics CardNone
Graphics Memory1 MB
4 MB
Display Connection1 – DB-15


Expansion Slots3 – PCI
Hard Drive InterfaceSCSI


Ethernet1 – AAUI and 10BASE-T
SCSI1 – DB-25
Floppy PortNone
Audio In1 – 3.5-mm analog input jack
Audio Out1 – 3.5-mm analog output jack
1 – Built-in speaker
Display1 – DB-15


Original OSSystem Software 7.5.3
Maximum OSMac OS 9.1
FirmwareMacintosh ROM


Backup Battery3.6 V lithium
Maximum Continuous Power150 W
Line Voltage100 V – 240 V AC

Further Reading and References

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Last updated: September 16, 2023