Power Macintosh 6500
A Power Macintosh 6500
Also known as"Gazelle"
DeveloperApple Computer
Product familyPower Macintosh
Release dateFebruary 17, 1997 (1997-02-17)
Introductory priceUS$1,800 (equivalent to $3,420 in 2023)
DiscontinuedMarch 14, 1998 (1998-03-14)
Operating systemSystem 7.5.5 (7.6.1 on the 275 and 300 MHz models) (8.0 on the Home, Small Business & Creative Studio Edition models) - Mac OS 9.1
With PowerPC G3 upgrade, Mac OS 9.2.2
CPUPowerPC 603ev @ 225–300 MHz
Memory32 MB, expandable to 128 MB (60 ns 168-pin DIMM)
PredecessorPower Macintosh 6400
SuccessorPower Macintosh G3 (Mini Tower)

The Power Macintosh 6500 is a personal computer designed, manufactured and sold by Apple Computer from February 1997 to March 1998 as part of the Power Macintosh family. It was introduced with speeds of 225 and 250 MHz, with two faster models at 275 and 300 MHz being added a couple of months later.

The 6500 uses the same "InstaTower" case as the Power Macintosh 6400, and is also internally similar. However, there are some differences apart from the faster processor: The 6500 has no RAM soldered to the logic board (the 6400 had 8 MB, which also explains its higher memory ceiling), and uses a different graphics processor. Models from 250 MHz upward also include video in/out capability, some of them with a hardware-accelerated Avid capture card. Some models also include a Zip drive. The Power Macintosh 5500 uses the same logic board in a 5200 style all-in-one case.

According to Apple, the Power Macintosh 6500 was the first personal computer to reach 300 MHz.[1] This milestone was announced in conjunction with a three-day "technology fair" from April 4 to 6, 1997 at Walt Disney World, co-hosted by Apple and Disney.[2]

The 6500 was discontinued in March 1998, a few months after the Power Macintosh G3 Mini Tower was introduced.


Introduced February 17, 1997:

Introduced April 4, 1997:

Introduced September 15, 1997:
All machines include a 12× CD-ROM drive and a 33.6 KB/s modem.


Timeline of Power Macintosh, Pro, and Studio models
Mac ProMac StudioMac ProMac StudioMac ProMac ProMac ProPower Mac G5Power Mac G5Power Mac G4Power Mac G5Power Mac G4Power Mac G4 CubePower Mac G4Power Macintosh G3#Blue and WhitePower Macintosh 9600Power Macintosh G3Power Macintosh 8600Power Macintosh 9500Power Macintosh 8500Power Macintosh 8100Power Macintosh G3Power Macintosh 7600Power Macintosh 7300Power Macintosh 4400Power Macintosh 7500Power Macintosh 7200Power Macintosh 7100Power Macintosh 6500Power Macintosh 6400Power Macintosh 6200Power Macintosh 6100Power Macintosh G3Twentieth Anniversary MacintoshPower Macintosh 5500Power Macintosh 5400Power Macintosh 5260Power Macintosh 5200 LC


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  2. ^ "Apple Introduces First 300 Megahertz Desktop Computer". April 4, 1997.
  3. ^ "Power Macintosh 6500/225: Technical Specifications". Apple.
  4. ^ "Power Macintosh 6500/250: Technical Specifications". Apple.
  5. ^ "Power Macintosh 6500/275: Technical Specifications". Apple.
  6. ^ "Power Macintosh 6500/300: Technical Specifications". Apple.
  7. ^ a b c d e "Apple unveils Mac OS 8 machines - The company refreshes its Power Macintosh 6500 line of computers for consumers and small businesses". CNet. September 15, 1997.