[rc5] Thinking of an Alpha (the end)

Brian Neal bneal at volusianet.net
Tue Nov 11 17:44:24 EST 1997

Great enough quantities is true, but what about someone who doesn't
need a multiuser system...

However, the reason I started this thread is because someone wanted
an alpha, and I advised against it... I know from experience that they are
more trouble than they are worth.  If you really want a workstation class
system, I recommend either a Dual-P2 system, or a Sun (The Netra i sells
for only $15,000 and comes fully loaded with tons of software).

Of course, it is my opinion that if someone buys one of these just to crack
keys for distributed.net, they have TOO much money and need to

-----Original Message-----
From: James Johnson <plexus at seanet.com>
To: rc5 at llamas.net <rc5 at llamas.net>; rc5 at llamas.net <rc5 at llamas.net>
Date: Monday, November 10, 1997 3:09 PM
Subject: Re: Re[2]: [rc5] Thinking of an Alpha

>Well the guy said $1200 for 256megs. Doing simple arithmetic, that works
>out to
>$1200/256meg = $4.6875/meg
>So perhaps ECC can be had for $4/meg in great enough quantities.
>At 07:15 PM 11/10/97 -0500, Brian Neal wrote:
>>>     $4/MB for RAM...  How much do you *think* it's supposed to cost?
>>The only kind of RAM that will go into an alpha is ecc, as is the same for
>>many highend workstations.  ECC has error correction built in so it can
>>report dirty bits and other things (I believe)...  In any case, this stuff
>>is a
>>great deal more than $4/MB...
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