[rescue] Looking for a Quad G5

Toby Thain toby at telegraphics.com.au
Mon Sep 12 18:51:29 CDT 2011

On 12/09/11 12:58 PM, Patrick Finnegan wrote:
> POWER5 is two generations old at this point.  Under $1k for a p520 off 
> of ebay, at least $1k is more that I've been able to make selling them 
> on eBay.
> If you want a loud server-class machine, spend maybe $500 on an old IBM 
> bladecenter E with a switch module, and about $4k will get you a brand 
> new POWER-6 blade... 
> http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/bladecenter/hardware/servers/js12/browse_aix.html
> Pat
> On Monday 12 September 2011, Zachary Giles wrote:
>> Pat,
>> Where does one get a POWER5 or POWER6 box these days? I've actually
>> wanted one in the recent past but am not interested in paying 20,000
>> for a new one from IBM.
>> Ian,
>> Unixsurplus.com has G5's for ~$200. I don't know if they have them
>> online, but they have them in the store and they ship. Might be worth
>> calling in. I was tempted by them. They're not Quad, but they might
>> know where to get one.

This past 2 weeks I've found 2 working dual G5s in the dumpster at work.
Rescued, of course; but if they're throwing them out here, keep a close
eye around Mac studios elsewhere. The compatibility break with 10.5 (and
iOS development) will have put quite a few on the kerb.

Great machines, with a long working life ahead, if maintained properly
(I put an SSD in mine).


>> -Zach
>> On Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 8:21 AM, Patrick Finnegan
>> <pat at computer-refuge.org> wrote:
>>> On Monday 12 September 2011, Mr Ian Primus wrote:
>>>> Well, I've managed to get a bit backed into the corner with
>>>> computer problems, even my trusty dual G4 Mac is failing me.
>>>> Random crashes, and odd lockups... I think after all these years
>>>> the motherboard is starting to act up on me.
>>>> So, I'm looking to upgrade. As a hardware geek, the PowerPC
>>>> architecture is something I really like, so I'm going after the
>>>> biggest baddest PowerPC Mac. The Quad G5.
>>>> So, does anyone have a Quad G5 in good condition they'd be willing
>>>> to sell? I'm a bit leery buying one from one of the random online
>>>> resellers, especially because of the liquid cooling system on
>>>> these critters. I'd feel a lot more comfortable buying from a
>>>> fellow hardware geek.
>>>> (And yes, I realize that Apple has moved away from Intel and that
>>>> the PowerPC is a dead platform with zero software future. It
>>>> doesn't stop me from enjoying it.)
>>> Why not just get a POWER5 or POWER6 box instead? They are PowerPC
>>> too...
>>> Plus, they run Linux pretty well. ;-)
>>> Pat
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