[rescue] Compaq Proliant 8000

Charles Shannon Hendrix shannon at widomaker.com
Fri Apr 30 12:59:42 CDT 2004

Fri, 30 Apr 2004 @ 11:36 -0500, Jonathan C. Patschke said:

> On Fri, 30 Apr 2004, Charles Shannon Hendrix wrote:
> > You think that machine is as fast as my Athlon PC with nVidia graphics
> > on desktop applications?
> >
> > I think the graphics are the primary problem.  My low end, outdated
> > nVidia GF2 is faster than most Creators you are likely to get in an eBay
> > sale.
> 3D is a requirement for your desktop applications?

I didn't say 3D, I said 'nVidia' and you assumed 3D.

nVidia has a very fast 2D engine as well.

Also, the 3D hardware has functions which can be used to accelerate 2D
operations.  New releases of X use it for speeding up things like alpha
channels and fonts, and Apple has done the same thing too by having
OpenGL accelerate parts of their GUI code.

> > and OpenGL?  How much do they cost?
> Desktop Applications != Games.

OpenGL is used for a lot more than games.

> > I haven't found a used workstation with that much speed south of $1000
> > anywhere.  The primary problem seems to be graphics.
> You make it sound like you can't do anything without 30 OpenGL rendering
> contexts on your display.  What an unusual text editor you must use!

No, I've never suggested any such thing.

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