[rescue] SGI upgrade questions

Kurt Huhn kurt at k-huhn.com
Fri Sep 12 12:37:09 CDT 2003

On Fri, 12 Sep 2003 10:56:17 -0500
Bill Bradford <mrbill at mrbill.net> wrote:

> We've currently got an Origin 200 (Craylinked) system that is getting
> a bit     long in the tooth.                                          
> system 1# hinv
> 4 270 MHZ IP27 Processors                                             
> CPU: MIPS R12000 Processor Chip Revision: 2.3                         
> FPU: MIPS R12010 Floating Point Chip Revision: 0.0                    
> Looking for something faster (graphics not important; this is a build
> server    not a workstation) if possible, in the $5-10K range. 
> Suggestions?              

You can get 360Mhz processors for that system, and it'll provide
some significant speed increase.  These are fairly plentiful, and not
that expensive - even for a whole new system, especially if you can make
use of some of the existing peripherals as needed.  I suspect that this
is likely to fall right in line with your price range.

I see that SGI has an Onyx2 2xR12k-400Mhz for about USD12,500 - but
that's a pretty damn big stick just to compile code.

I think, to stay on the "upgrade path" beyond the Origin200, you're
likely going to have to go to a Origin 2000.  An Origin 2100 deskside
would be pretty darn nice - but expensive.

Just FWIW: Origin200s are dropping in price so far that they're now
*very* close to being within the budget of hobbyists.  Parts and
upgrades for them are plentiful and cheap - at least in the US.

Kurt                 "I am not aware that any community has a right to 
kurt at k-huhn.com       force another to be civilized." 
                                                   --John Stuart Mill 

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