Subject: Re: Sun Ultra 5 UltraSPARC systems for $1,995
To: Erik E. Fair <>
From: Greywolf <>
List: port-sparc
Date: 10/06/1999 13:09:38
On Wed, 6 Oct 1999, Erik E. Fair wrote:

# How does this look on a price/performance basis against the other platforms
# that NetBSD runs on? (yes, I know that the sparc64 port has not yet seen
# formal release)

I will make the (possibly erroneous) assumption that you have never
run on an Ultra5 before.

Peripheral bus is PCI.
All the periphery is IDE (reading ain't bad, writes are slow as hell).
	You could put SCSI there but unless it's got an OBP on it, you
	won't be able to boot from it.  Sun PCI SCSI ain't cheap.
CPU speed is 250MHz.
CD/ROM is ATAPI (read: slow initial access).
Default framebuffer appears to be the equivalent of a 1280x1024 cgsix.
It appears to have a somewhat decent audio card on it.

I wouldn't want one, but your mileage may vary.

# 	curious,
# 	Erik

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