Linux Journal: VA Linux Workstation VArStation XMP [Product Review]Oct 18, 1999, 21:38 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Kroll)
"The VArStation XMP...is a top-quality, high-powered workstation from VA Linux Systems. In the years since its 1993 inception, VA has earned a reputation for producing rock-solid, dependable, performance-maximizing, Linux-based workstations, servers and clusters. Once upon a time, VA also built laptops and hopefully will do so again soon. VA even has an entry-level machine, the SP, if you want to get a taste of the ``good life''. The XMP lives towards the upper range of workstation machines and is indicative of a typical VA Linux system. Most VA workstations come in the same tower, which is an attractive, solid, heavy container with plenty of space and a powerful fan. Beyond that, VA allows any type of customization you want and provides an on-line system for piecing together whichever components you like..."
"The core of the system is an Intel MS440GX motherboard featuring dual Pentium III Xeon 550MHz processors with 32KB of L1 cache and 512KB of L2 cache, 512MB of RAM and an 8.4GB SCSI drive from Quantum. For comparison (to be somewhat up to date), current VA workstations come with an Ms4406x or Tyan 1832 motherboard, are available with Pentium III and Pentium III Xeon processors, and typically have 512KB of L2 cache with the option of expanding to 2MB of L2 cache. Modern machines also have larger hard drives, usually SCSI of 18.2GB or so and often 512MB or more of SDRAM."