Re: Monster machines vs. desktops

Trent Piepho (xyzzy@u.washington.edu)
Wed, 18 Jun 1997 06:44:47 -0700 (PDT)


On Tue, 17 Jun 1997, Greg Trotter wrote:
> Personally, I don't think the addition of a monster machine or two should
> drive away individual users. Look at the graphs, and see what the average
> client speed is... about 550 kkps. That's *slower* than the $1100 computer
> sitting on my desk. So, I still feel like I'm making a contribution.
>
> What would be interesting to know is: what is the most cost-effective
> DESCHALL client platform? I have a feeling that it is probably a
> multi-processor PPC or Pentium box. Beats me -- I don't have any. The
> computer on my desk gets about 650 keys per US dollar per second (for the
> CPU, not including monitor). Any other comparisons?

A dual pentium motherboard + 2x P133 CPU is $458 and can do 1.342 Mk/sec for
2930 keys per dollar.

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