Subject: A little birdy told me this about the SPARCstation 5/200
To: None <port-sparc@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Greg Earle <earle@isolar.Tujunga.CA.US>
List: port-sparc
Date: 07/01/1997 16:08:48
Someone whom I'll keep anonymous wrote me:

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From: (A little birdy)
Subject: Re: Anyone running a Sparc5/170 ??
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	I believe the 5/200 was what was supposed to be released instead of
	the 170.  I guess it was too fast at the time.
	So they "detuned" it.

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I have to wonder about this, given that the Cycle 5 folks have had a 200 MHz
upgrade card (listed as "coming soon" for the last several months) on their
Web pages for a long time.  Also, the notion that a 200 MHz TurboSPARC was
"too fast at the time" is, I suppose, dependant on the context ("too fast"
for what?  The motherboard, case, heat sink, ???  Certainly not "too fast"
in terms of CPU speed, since projected SPECint95 figures are still something
like less than half the speed of a decent Pentium Pro 200)

Maybe I shouldn't hold my breath any longer.  I *was* hoping for a 5/200 w/ a
decent "entry color" 17" monitor and a 12x CD-ROM for $2870 (thank goodness
I work for the Category "A" discount-eligible US Govahmint).  Sigh ...

(Sorry to wander slightly off-topic; if only I could debug core dumps left by
 SunOS binaries I might have something to talk about  (-: )

	- Greg