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Linux Magazine: SGI 330 Packs a Punch

May 18, 2001, 22:30 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Perlow)

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If you've got an extra $6,000 or so laying around, and you need a graphics workstation that takes advantage of dual GHz processors, 512MB RAM, it sounds like the SGI 330 might be the way to go. This review says it's "a shining example of what every Linux-compliant PC workstation vendor should supply."

"To call the 330 a PC on steroids would be a serious oversimplification; this machine has been optimized for producing lightning-fast, super high-resolution 3D graphics, with no compromise. The onboard 64 MB DDR (Double Data Rate) SDRAM 4x AGP graphics card, branded as the VPro VR7, is a highly tweaked version of the nVIDIA high-end Quadro2 Pro 3D graphics processor. It takes full advantage of SGI's OpenGL 1.2 3D graphics library and is capable of pumping out more than 31 million triangles per second and up to 1 Gigapixels per second. This is the type of performance you would expect from a machine being used to design vivid space battles in the next Star Wars movie.

The SGI 330 is not just the latest and greatest in buzzword graphics and PC hardware however. To pull it all together, the 330 runs an extremely tweaked Red Hat 6.2, Turbolinux 6.0, or SuSE 6.4 (support for other distributions and newer Linux versions is coming soon). We performed the installation by first installing the base-level Red Hat 6.2 and then the SGI Linux Pro Pack 1.3 for Visual Workstations."

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