[rescue] Advice on Octanes
Joshua D. Boyd
jdboyd at celestrion.celestrion.net
Mon Sep 22 15:51:24 CDT 2003
On Mon, Sep 22, 2003 at 10:23:29PM +0200, Gerhard Lenerz wrote:
> What you should look for depends a bit on what you need. If you
> don't need higher 3D performance or texture support in hardware you
> can safely buy a machine with a base level graphics option (SI or
> SE). The money you can save at that point is better put into more
There is also the issue of resolution, isn't there? If a reasonable
person wants higher than 1280x1024, they will need SSI or SSE.
Personally, I'd love the higher resolution, although I'd probably go for
a second display rather than move up to SSE.
> memory/disk or faster CPUs. Speaking of CPUs it's probably not a bad
> idea to get the 2CPU machine if you have the choice between a given
> 2CPU box and a slightly faster 1CPU Octane (eg. 2xR10000/175 vs.
> 1xR10000/195). For a lot of applications the second CPU won't help,
> but it makes a difference when you throw load at the machine (think
> of compiling an application and starting Open Office at the same
Hopefully increasingly free software will come ready to take advantage
of the APO option. I suspect that would only be a big help when a
program has to stop and chug through a lot of data though.
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