Subject: Re: Sun Ultra 5 UltraSPARC systems for $1,995
To: Greywolf <email@example.com>
From: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 10/06/1999 13:52:18
On 6-Oct-99 at 13:22, Greywolf (email@example.com) wrote:
> On Wed, 6 Oct 1999, Erik E. Fair wrote:
> # http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/19991005/tc/sunmicro_pc_2.html
> Peripheral bus is PCI.
> All the periphery is IDE (reading ain't bad, writes are slow as hell).
IDE does suck; but it keeps the costs down.
> 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.
Not necessarily a problem. Boot from the IDE and run from the SCSI.
> CPU speed is 250MHz.
No, the slowest Ultra5 they are currently offering is 360MHz. (They
offer a 333Mhz version, but it is faster than the 360 because it has
a -much- bigger cache.)
> I wouldn't want one, but your mileage may vary.
Eventually I'll need to replace my SS2; and I'll need to have a SPARC/
Solaris box available. Unless I can convince one of my customers that
they should pay for it, low cost is likely to be a high-order bit when
that day comes. So far, this looks like the best bet.
If it had USB and FireWire, it might actually look good...