The 8600/250 IS a Mach 5 processor. I think I have heard of problems with the 9600 and G3 upgrades relating to the dual PCI bus (some cards not working on the second bus). I have an 8600/250, with XLR8 MACh Carrier G3 400 ZIF, and 512 MB of interleaved RAM. I haven't had any problems at all with it. I get about 50% better memory performance with the G3 than with the 604e.