Subject: Re: Alpha stuff for free
To: James Birdsall <>
From: Dave McGuire <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 09/08/2003 19:29:31
On Monday, September 8, 2003, at 07:25 PM, James Birdsall wrote:
> Speaking of Alphas, can anybody recommend model(s) which are cheap, 
> small,
> cool/low-power, and well-supported? The nice Alphas that I have are 
> too huge
> for me to keep; the Jensens are small enough, although not as small as 
> I'd
> like, but support for them always seems like an afterthought and I 
> have the
> impression that it's frequently broken because hardly anybody cares. 
> Either
> Turbochannel or PCI would be fine, or if the Jensens are 
> better-supported
> than I thought, I'll just stick with one of those.

   For older machines, Il ik 3000 model 300s.  They have 
slower-than-normal TurboChannel buses (12.5MHz instead of 25MHz if 
memory serves), but they still perform pretty well.  They're very tiny.

   If you're looking for a newer machine, I can't say enough nice things 
about the AS500.  They're fast, take modern peripherals (68 pin SCSI 
drives), and are relatively compact.

   For a small and super-cheap PCI machine, the AS200 isn't bad.  I've 
used a bunch of those.  Their power supplies can be unreliable, but 
other than that, they do ok.


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