[rescue] Ultra SPARC purchase
chris at yonderway.com
Sat Apr 5 17:28:54 CST 2003
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On Sunday, March 30, 2003, at 06:31 PM, Steve Sandau wrote:
> I have seen Ultra 5s on eBay for $200 BIN with 256M (or more) and a 4G
> drive. For basic workstation use (mail, browsing, light compiling and
> possibly a test installation of Oracle) is it worth spending more
> money to get a 10 or a 30??
The Ultra 5's get a good amount of bashing here, probably more than
they deserve. With a later model IDE drive installed they are actually
pretty decent machines. However, for just a little more money, you can
get a dual processor Ultra 2 workstation.
> I know that the 5 is IDE only and I hear that not just any SCSI card
> will work in it.
Only true if you run Solaris. Alternative OS's are more flexible in
what hardware they'll work with.
> It also appears that the factory framebuffer config will only to
> 24-bit color at 800x600. Not good enough for me. Worth upgrading the
> video, or should I just buy a 10 instead??
Shhh don't tell my Ultra 5, otherwise it might have to drop to 800x600.
Not all Ultra 5's are configured equally.
If you do go the Ultra 5 route, take a good look at the cache that
you're getting with your processor. Fast-ish looking processors
sometimes come with diminutive cache. A 333MHz U5 may indeed be
preferable to a 360MHz.
But like I said, take a look at the Ultra 2 before you spend any money.
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