Workgroup Server 8550

Introduced: February 1996
Terminated: April 1997


Packaged in a mini-tower case, the Workgroup Server 8550 had a PowerPC 604 processor running at 132Mhz.  The motherboard was based on the Power Macintosh 8500.  There were three PCI expansion slots and one DAV slot.  It had two RCA audio inputs/outputs and one analog audio input/output in addition to a built in speaker.


The Workgroup Server 8550 was bundled with server software.


Workgroup Server 8550


Processor: PowerPC 601
Processor Speed: 100, 120 MHz
Cache: 32 KB L1, 256 KB L2
System Bus: 40 MHz
Hard Drive: 750 MB - 1.2 GB
Media: 4x or 8x CD-ROM, 1.44 MB floppy
Weight and Dimensions (US): 25 lbs., 14” H x 7.7” W x 15.75” D
Weight and Dimensions (Metric): 11.3 kg, 35.6 cm H x 19.6 cm W x 40 cm D
Original Mac OS: System 7.5.3
Maximum Mac OS: Mac OS 9.1
Firmware: Open Firmware with Macintosh ROM
Logicboard RAM: None
Maximum RAM: 256 MB
Type of RAM Slots: 4 - 168 Pin FPM DIMMs
Minimum RAM Speed: 70 ns
Interleaving Support: No
Graphics Card: None
Graphics Memory: 1 - 4 MB
Built-in Display: None
Display Connection: DB-15
Expansion Slots: 3 - PCI
Hard Drive Bus: SCSI
Backup Battery: 3.6 V Lithium
Max Watts: 150 W
Line Voltage: 100-240 V
Ethernet: AAUI and 10BASE-T
Modem: None
ADB: 1
Serial: 2
SCSI: 1 - DB-25
USB: None
FireWire: None
Audio In: 1 - 3.5-mm analog input jack
Audio Out: 1 - 3.5-mm analog output jack, 1 - Built-in speaker


Introduced in February 1996, the Workgroup Server 8550 had its processor speed increase to 200Mhz in September 1996 and was discontinued in April 1997.



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