Crayon Shin Chan wrote:The Intellistation POWER 275 is even larger and heavier than the Octane, with much more brittle, low quality plastic parts that break often, and comes with a rear muffler and front plastic door (very easily broken, which is attached to the sturdy metal case in a complicated fashion which seems to be endemic to any entity that works closely with the US government), has a mini computer that handles the boot process and has its own fan that produces noise even when the workstation isn't powered on. You manage this mini computer through DB9 serial, which means you need another computer (most likely faster to begin with anyway). POST takes 10 minutes. You press the button, some complicated codes show up on the cool green LCD, and after a minute, the fans spin up and something starts happening. Welcome to AIX!
Crayon Shin Chan wrote:Speaking of use cases, the Intellistation POWER 275 uses SCA-80 drives too, but with a special PCB adapter that spreads the pins out flat. The best thing to do is to get a used 9GB drive for RS/6000, take apart the drive sled and use the adapter on a bigger drive of your own. Of course, it still makes for a bad file server since it accepts 4 drives total, but each drive for SCA-80 tops out at 300GB. But it does have Gigabit Ethernet.
Crayon Shin Chan wrote:The Intellistation POWER 275 was kinda boring in the end. Sure, it was fast, capable, and definitely reliable. But it was just a black box that happened to have lots of requirements. No story, or fancy design to keep me interested.
Crayon Shin Chan wrote:Then I sold one of my POWER 275s off and used the proceeds towards a Powermac G5 dual. It was the perfect progression - the PowerPC G5 was a higher clocked modification of the POWER4 with less emphasis on reliability. It arrived. It was beautiful, large, sturdy, didn't have flimsy plastic bits. I pressed the power button, and it revved its fans like a race car, and then settled down to a quiet whisper. No matter what I did with it, it was always quiet, composed, even when raytracing in modo. Best of all, I could jam a 1TB SATA drive into it. Finally. And the audio wasn't just an after thought cheap PCI card, like on the POWER 275 (the Octane is supposed to have good analog audio outs too, and even has a SPDIF plug, but the machine itself was noisy and storage space was limited). Best of all, I could run the latest Firefox (okay, TenFourFox). But I never felt like the software was holding me back. PowerPC still has lots of supporters, and the software ecosystem is booming compared to IRIX or AIX. I was close enough to home territory to get the benefits, but yet feel like I was on a different planet. I loved the dual G5 with all my heart, even if it struggled when playing 1080p H.264.
Crayon Shin Chan wrote:I would like to try a SPARCStation 20 sometime - those were genuinely beautiful.
the wrote:The PowerMac G5's had their share of issues thought. The AGP based ones had a horrible north bridge controller with very low memory bandwidth that was designed by Apple. The PCIe based G5's had a better north bridge chip but very little in terms of aftermarket upgrades. Even mundane things like PCIe Ethernet cards may have issues due to architectural differences.
the wrote:Umm.... it was a computer with a muffler. That gets people's attention.
Scrotos wrote:I got a G5 quad. One day I'd like to max the RAM, slap in an SSD, and get a better video card. It's got dual gigabit ethernet and I don't really have a need to expand anything on it. Sound card? I don't do audio stuff. Gaming? Yeah, not so much on that PPC. Video capture? Naw, not really. Though it is liquid cooled, so far I've avoided any pain:
Scrotos wrote:I had a half notion to hunt down a BeBox but they are horribly expensive.
Crayon Shin Chan wrote:Wow, didn't expect so many RISC aficionados here! Much appreciate the company!
Crayon Shin Chan wrote:the wrote:Umm.... it was a computer with a muffler. That gets people's attention.
Yeah... not really, I always had to point it out. It was always the Octane that got the most attention. It just looks crazier.
That info about the GX bus is interesting. Where did you read up about that?
Crayon Shin Chan wrote:A quad G5 with a SSD would be seriously awesome. Too bad Leopard doesn't have TRIM support - but SSD controllers these days supposedly do quite well without it. I sold my G5 off for a GTX470, but now that I don't game that much, I feel like I don't need a huge desktop anymore.
Losergamer04 wrote:I find that an SSD is useful even at SATA1 speeds. Mechanical drives can barely saturate that. The real benefit comes from random access times dropping to a relitive near-zero time. I've used SSD's in many things, like the old EEE netbooks. While it did help the load times, the studders from just typical usage were far fewer.