[rescue] IDing a SGI part number

jdboyd at jdboyd.zill.net jdboyd at jdboyd.zill.net
Sat Dec 20 18:08:42 CST 2003

On Fri, Dec 05, 2003 at 06:07:20PM -0500, Dave McGuire wrote:
> On Dec 5, 2003, at 5:49 PM, Jonathan C. Patschke wrote:
> >>>For $12k in 1999, it's probably a 540.  If you don't want it, let me
> >>>have at it.  Those are neat little systems.
> >>
> >>   Oh yeah?  What's neat about them?
> >
> >They're non-PCs based around IA32.  No "BIOS" shit.  No traditional
> >XT/AT chipset.  Linux was ported to them a good while back, but they
> >shipped from SGI running their OEM WindowsNT 4 or the retail Windows
> >2000.
> >
> >They're not as far-removed from the PC realm as, say, an Itanium
> >system, but they're a good shot at having the best of both worlds:
> >workstation-inspired design and the everything-runs-on-it x86
> >instruction set.
>   Wow...really?  Is the smaller one (320?) as non-PC as this, or only 
> the 540?  I know where to get a SHITLOAD of 320s.

The 320 is the same one.  The big difference between those two is P3
vs. P3 Xeon.

New machines (230 and I forget what else) are just PCs with SGI badges

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