[rescue] argh, what did I do? (Onyx)

Joshua D Boyd jdboyd at cs.millersville.edu
Tue Jan 14 10:24:19 CST 2003

On Tue, Jan 14, 2003 at 10:10:06AM -0600, Bill Bradford wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 14, 2003 at 11:06:34AM -0500, Dave McGuire wrote:
> > >Oh my god. I think I almost threw up my lunch all over the desk...
> > >PeeCees? Replacing an Onyx2? Heh.
> >   Yeah, that sure won't last very long.  Unless of course they don't 
> > have any real work to do.  Doesn't sound like that, though.
> PCs may suck, but the Dell PWS 450 (dual 2.5Ghz Xeons, Quadro 900XGL
> video card, 1.5G RAM) that I built up yesterday was a *nice* box, for a
> PC.

Substitute 2.2ghz xeons, and only a gig of ram, and add a set of 3
immersion PCI IO cards, and you basically have the box I spend over 30
hours a week on last semester.

The machine made all audio sound chipmunkish, and crashed (thought not
as much as most 2k machines I've used did) all too often.  Also, for
some reason VC++ felt really sluggish.  And it kept dropping frames when
trying to capture DV.

On the upside, it held up pretty well to rather unoptimized OpenGL code
far far better than P4 1.4ghz machines with Geforce2 Ultras did.

Joshua D. Boyd

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