Sparc desktop vs x86 desktop

Zane H. Healy healyzh at aracnet.com
Fri Oct 17 11:23:42 CDT 2008


> > Is it a SunBlade 1000 by any chance?  If so you'd better have a good A/C in
> > the room. :-(  I've only been able to run mine in the dead of winter when I
> > could open the door and let cool air in.
> >
> > Zane
> >
> >
> > --
> No it's a 2000. It's a lot bigger, noiser and heavier then I was
> expecting. I was thinking it was just a tower machine. I didn't
> realise the depth of it.
> Any idea how well these run with Solaris 10, do you know if it would
> run any quicker with 8 or 9.

OK, I'm not sure but I think the 2000 is probably about as hot as the 1000,
as it is basically the same system, and I believe the 900Mhz CPU's are the
same part (I have dual 750Mhz CPU's in my 1000).  I don't consider my 1000
to be noisy, but it is BIG and HEAVY!  In some ways I regret retiring my
dual 450Mhz Ultra 60, but the dual 750's with 4GB RAM make for a nicer
machine.  I run mine with Solaris 10, but I tend to run CDE rather than the
Gnome based desktop as the Gnome desktop seems sluggish.  

The sad thing is, since it runs so hot, the main thing I've used my system
for is to low-level format SCA SCSI HD's (in an external JBOD) prior to
installing the drives in my OpenVMS system.  I'd really like to upgrade to a
nice Sun Ultra 24 system, but can't justify the expense (a Mac Pro would
make more sense for me).

Zane




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