[rescue] rescue Digest, Vol 51, Issue 6

Sridhar Ayengar ploopster at gmail.com
Thu Feb 8 19:28:49 CST 2007

J. Alexander Jacocks wrote:
>> You want dirt cheap?  Get a 43P-150.
>>> Also, I can't find a reference online for any of the hardware newer than
>> the
>>> 7044/x70.  Rootvg.net doesn't seem to have had its timeline updated in a
>>> while.
>> The 7044-170 is more than new enough to run AIX 5.3.
> If possible, I'd rather get something a little quicker than a 43p-150.  What
> is the next step above the 43p/44p series, and what do they go for?  I'd be
> willing to spend some more money, for a decent machine.  For comparison, my
> other machines in the lab are an HP C3700, and a SunBlade 2000.   I just
> don't want to spend thousands of $.  Up to $1k would be OK, if it's
> worthwhile.

Believe it or not, the fastest 5.3-capable machine you'll find in the 
$1000 range nowadays is a quad-processor 7044-270.  It'll take a small 
amount of looking though.

But don't knock the 43P-150.  375MHz PowerPC 604e isn't all that slow.

The next level up is the p615 6E3/6C3, which has a dual-core POWER4 at 
1.2GHz or a dual-core POWER4+ at 1.45GHz.  It can go dual-processor, 
too, but it costs a good bit more than $1000.  If you look around for a 
long time, you might just be able to find one for under $2500.

The next level up from *that* is the 6E4/6C4, which is quad-processor 
and costs a good bit more than that.  But that's a machine that's faster 
than a low-end POWER5.

Peace...  Sridhar

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