Subject: Re: DEC 500a
To: Daniel Perry <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Roland Dowdeswell <email@example.com>
Date: 05/13/2002 21:35:05
On 1021336965 seconds since the Beginning of the UNIX epoch
"Daniel Perry" wrote:
>Does anyone know anything about the dec alpha 500a?
>I've been offered one, and found the specs of it, but would be interested to
>hear peoples oppinions of them.
Is it a PWS500a? In that case, I have a PWS433a which is basically
a slightly slower version of the same machine. It is a '97 vintage
machine, I think. It is pretty quick for its age, and the interesting
performance characteristics are:
o 500MHz 21164a processor
o 8k+8k L1 cache? 96k on-chip L2 cache
o 200MB/sec main memory bandwidth
o 1.5GB memory limit (at around $200 right now)
o 2 64bit 33MHz PCI slots, and
o 4 32bit 33MHz PCI slots.
The 500a probably comes with builtin 100BaseTX ethernet (tulip).
If that fits your use pattern, then its a pretty reasonable machine.
The only thing about it that annoys me is that it has soft power
which is a little bad for the server use that I've put mine in.
(I've heard that you can snip a lead and fix that, but I have not
yet researched that option.)
The other thing that may be an issue is that it is a pretty solid
heavy machine---which has good and bad qualities.
It is a fun alpha to play around with, and I've enjoyed having mine.
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