Dodoid wrote:SGI 750 seems quite rare as well. Would love to even see a decent quality picture of one of them. SGIStuff doesn't have a page about it, but according to techpubs and the SGI Press Release Archive on the Internet Archive it was their first Itanium system, predating both the Altix and Prism lines. Branded like their SGI 1000 family x86 servers even though it's more like a continuation of the Visual Workstation line. There was seemingly a cluster installation of them at one point, which was the first Itanium cluster. SGI seemingly also offered Itanium devkits based on them.
Back when I worked for GlobalMegaPharmaCorp, SGI was keen to have my group test a prototype version of the 750 (plain, dark gray plastics, if you're curious). We gave it a try, but we found it to be pretty lackluster. SGI worked with us to optimize some of our scientific software for the machine, but it was obvious that we'd get a much better price/performance ratio from commodity x86 solutions. Although we later tested some Altix systems, too, the experience with the 750 was when even our strongest SGI advocates realized that the only SGI purchases in our future would be maintenance contracts for our existing IRIX servers and workstations.
By the way, SGI didn't actually manufacture the 750. The machine was designed by Intel and HP, and several companies (Intel, HP, IBM, Fujitsu-Siemens, even Dell!) sold versions of it. The HP-badged version was called the "HP Workstation i2000." There are a few Nekochan threads discussing the 750, so you might find some more pictures and references there.