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From: Jochen Kunz <jkunz_at_unixag-kl.fh-kl.de>
Date: Sat Nov 27 10:17:17 2004

On Sat, 27 Nov 2004 12:50:04 GMT
Pete Turnbull <pete_at_dunnington.u-net.com> wrote:

> I have three Indigos (left out of six),
Dead PSUs? At the Unix-AG we had six Indigos. Only one is alive. The
other machines died the suden PSU death.

At home I have two Personal Iris (a 4D30 and a loaded 4D35), A R4k with
the simple LG1 framebuffer and a R3k Indigo without GFX. A R4k4-150
Indy, a R4k4-200 Extreme Indogo2, a R10k-195 Impact Indigo2 (the machine
I am sitting in front of right now) and an Octane. (R12k-300, ESSI + ESI
dual head, 2 GB RAM, PCI card cage with additional SCSI and FDDI, total
of 36 GB disk, CD-RW, DLT) The Octane is my main machine. I am lusting
for faster CPUs, now that R12k-400 is coming into the sub 100,-EUR
area... Dual CPU would be even better but is verry expensive. And VPro
V6 GFX is coming down in price too.

> and a 16-processor x 180MHz R10K Origin2000.
A Origin2000 is nice, but I would prefere an Onyx2000. ;-)

> > What I really want one of these days is a nice Dual Processor Octane
> > with R12000 CPU's.
> Have you heard one? Have you got a pair of comfortable ear defenders?
He. I have an extra machine room and run extension cables through the
wall. So I don't care about noise. :-)

> Have you seen the articles on futuretech about modifying an R5K2 O2
> for a (much) faster processor?
That is nice. But keep in mind that the O2 is a bit limited. Its UMA
architecture steals memory bandwith from the CPU and doesn't like the
R1[0246]k CPUs. Also the GFX is specialized on video stuff. The O2 will
be _very_ slow for 3D stuff. So it depends on your particular needs if
you can go with an O2 or if you should look for an Octane.

> > What I'd really like is a nice new Quad Processor
> > R16000A-based Tezro, but there is no way I can afford a brand new
> > SGI Workstation.
> Me neither, unfortunately :-(
Ahh, yes, hmmm, Tezro.

> And work have stopped buying/suuporting SGI :-(
And SGI is going to kill IRIX / MIPS for Linux / Itanium. (I have to
admit I would take a nice PRISM for free, ignoring its Intel CPU. ;-) )
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