Re: SunBlade 2500 and other new machines announced
From: Chris Morgan (cm_at_mihalis.net)
Date: 06 Dec 2003 13:01:41 -0500
email@example.com (Fredrik Lundholm) writes:
> >SB2500 on the Sun Store, because it seems to be quite confused, or
> >perhaps they just don't really sell that configuration, however I
> >estimate it would be at least $12 grand. This is a system with lower
> >PCI bandwidth, less cpu power,and they still add on $45 for a
> List price would be $7595 w 2 CPUs and 2 GB ram w XVR-500 3 d graphivs.
> add $1250 (list) for each increment of 2GB. (eg you should be able to get
> one w 8GB RAM below $10k quite easily)
I'm not sure how that could possibly work, 3 X 1250 is $3750, taking
it past $11k. Are you adding in a discount?
Anyway, yes, you're right, the XVR-500 configuration has 2GB, so you
can take it to 8GB (and that works on Sun store for me, whereas the
large configuration didn't).
Since Sun charges you extra for a keyboard, it comes to $11,390 with
standard warranty. I was pretty close. Quite a bit more than the Apple.
> Well, the SB2500 has four 66MHz/64 bit PCI-busses compared to one 133MHz and
> one 100MHz on the fastest G5. How is that lower PCI-bandwith? Also the
> SB2500 has 8.4GBps memory throughtput while the fastest G5 has
I don't care about total system bandwidth here, I was talking about
individual card bandwidth - nevertheless the aggregate bandwidth
sounds about the same!
133x64 + 100x64 vs.
divid both lines by 64, you get 233 vs. 264 - something like 15%
better for the Sun, whereas peak bandwidth can be as much as 100%
better on the Apple. For example, driving one large screen with a game
... err, I mean pro-cad application :)
I wrote the above, and then actually checked your claim, actually the
G5 has up to 2X100*64, 1*133*64, but it also has an 8X AGP Pro slot as
well. So actually the G5 is _comfortably_ higher total system PCI
bandwidth (AGP is a form of PCI).
> >Nevertheless, I actually want one!! :)
> I wouldn't mind one either, running Solaris 9.
Ah, well that's very difficult to buy right now!
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