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From: Lyle Bickley <lbickley_at_bickleywest.com>
Date: Mon Nov 29 09:52:08 2004

On Sunday 28 November 2004 15:34, Jochen Kunz wrote:
> To be honest: I don't have an application for that many CPUs. I need one
> or two faster CPUs, not several slower CPUs. Nevertheles an Onyx2 would
> be a nice machine for "personal workstation". ;-)

I have found that an Onyx with four R10K 195MHz processors, 2GB of host memory
and Infinite Reality Graphics with two Raster Memory cards is truly the
"Sweet Spot". Performer will run in "real time" with beautiful anti-aliasing
and texture mapping, etc. It's truly an incredible machine. (A similarly
equipped Onyx2 would even be better ;-)

I have a 2.6GHz Intel Pentium IV "game machine" with high end Nvidia graphics
(plays "Far Cry" without any "jerkyness") - and in the many real world video
benchmarks I've performed, the SGI IR beats the "game" machine hands down -
in performance, visualization, smoothness, etc. OpenGL in silicon really
helps :-)

It's just hard to beat the SGI's video quality and speed - especially for
multiscreen applications (my Onyx IR supports seven monitors - although I
seldom use more than three at the same time)...

Lyle Bickley
Bickley Consulting West Inc.
"Black holes are where God is dividing by zero"
Received on Mon Nov 29 2004 - 09:52:08 GMT

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