[rescue] SunBlade 2000 vs SunBlade 2500 vs Ultra 45

Jonathan J. M. Katz jon at jonworld.com
Sun Aug 2 09:41:13 CDT 2009

FWIW (mostly from my shady memory & a visit to sunsolve...)

The 2000 is an E280R in desktop form. That means FCAL disks and an
integrated FCAL controller. Also a SCSI bus for the CD-ROM and an external
SCSI port. Those could be useful. Its ethernet is eri0, 100Mbit.

The IIIi, IIRC, has an integrated PCI and IDE controller. It has SCSI disks,
but the CD/DVD is PATA. The 2500 a V240 in a tower. The U45 is a V245 in a
tower. It has SAS.

I think they (2500 & U45) had the 1st CPU integrated with the motherboard.
The 2nd was a daughtercard. They may have the logic for the four integrated
gigabit ethernet ports but they only have the RJ45 soldered on for one or
two, respectively.

A loaded U45 is the "cadillac."

If you go the 2000 route, stay away from the 750Mhz CPUs and shoot for the
1.2Ghz if you can. The 750s have a pipelining bug reminiscent of the Intel
Pentium fp bug.

On Sun, Aug 2, 2009 at 10:11 AM, Curtis H. Wilbar Jr. <
rescue at hawkmountain.net> wrote:

> So.... which one is best in your opinion ?
> The 2000 takes UltraSparc III, 8MB cache (at 200mhz bus), the
> 2500 and U45 use UltraSparc IIIi, 1MB cache on chip (but how are
> the cycles to it ?)
> Beyond that, memory tech differs... 2000 takes ?, the 2500 takes
> ECC DDR266, and the U45 ECC DDR333.  The 2000 and 2500 do
> SCSI, while the U45 does SAS/SATA.
> But beyond that, how is reliability, how is USIII vs USIIIi performance ?
> The 2000 will do vertical UPA, right ?  (I have some C3D cards from
> U60)  The 2500 looks like fastest slot is 64 bit 66mhz 3.3V PCI (so
> what Sun GFX cards go in there?).  And the U45 has PCI-X and PCIe x16.
> (I assume graphics there is usually via the PCIe x16, right ?
> Looking for 'best' desktop Sparc.... assume it would be one of these
> three, no ?

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