[rc5] Thinking of an Alpha (the end)
gindrup at okway.okstate.edu
Tue Nov 11 16:58:54 EST 1997
I don't find that any of the Alphas I have anything to do with are
more trouble than they are worth. For processor intensive
applications they are my tool of choice. Their I/O is a little
I don't see why you claimed that Alphas were so much trouble. RAM for
Alphas is starting to become mainstream for PCs just because hihg-end
PCs are starting to be where low end Alphas were a couple of months
ago. This means RAM prices for Alpha users are falling as the supply
trickles in to feed the PC users. Most Alphas use standard SCSI
components and those are becoming mainstream as PC users suddenly want
to do more than one I/O operation at once (without very slow
Where's the gripe?
I posted sites where the RAM could be had for ~US$3.50/MB. How much
do you think RAM should cost?
-- Eric Gindrup ! gindrup at okway.okstate.edu
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Subject: Re: Re: [rc5] Thinking of an Alpha (the end)
Author: <rc5 at llamas.net > at SMTP
Date: 1997/11/11 17:44
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
DISTRIBUTE it! :)
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