[rescue] SGI upgrade questions

Joshua D. Boyd jdboyd at celestrion.celestrion.net
Fri Sep 12 12:43:41 CDT 2003

On Fri, Sep 12, 2003 at 01:37:09PM -0400, Kurt Huhn wrote:

> 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.

Except for the giga-channel option.  That seems to be neither plentifull
nor cheap.  Without it, an Octane minus the graphics cards is probably a
better choice for cost of upgrades.  At least then you can use PCI
cards.  I suspect that for people who want upgrades other than the cheap
UW-SCSI cards in their O200s, a cheap Origin 2k will be more affordable
and better. 

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