> Also puts the Sillyexpensive back into "SGI":
Actually no, that's quite competitive as far as I can tell. Try pricing up an HP xw8600 with the same
spec, or a Dell Precision T7400. Dell doesn't even list the FX5600; HP does, but the pricing is not
available online. Thus, even with the much lesser FX4600, the price for the HP here is 4117 UKP.
From online pricing elsewhere, I reckon the HP with an FX5600 and the same CPUs/RAM would be
about 5000 UKP, ie. slightly more than SGI's list. And SGI is offering them with XP 32/64bit aswell as
their usual Linux options, which some potential customers would find attractive (just pointing out
realities here, not an endorsement of winblows).
Plus, I think you may have missed a couple of important/interesting points: the systems are scalable
to 8 GPUs with Quadro Plex, there are configurations with up to 8 x quad-core Opterons available,
and the InfiniBand option is a smart move.
Much as it's been fashionable to moan about SGI in recent years, these do look like pretty decent
systems. The bigger question is: can they market and sell them in a sensible way? ie. in a proper
non-ripoff manner. The lack of an online price-configurator is still a glaring omission. Beats me
why they're sticking with the 3rd-party sales rep model as IMO that helped kill their old product
Still, there's not that much detailed info on sgi.com. On paper they look pretty decent, but it's a shame
they haven't announced them with a plethora of 'record-busting' Viewperf results, etc. I can't see
them doing that well without some decent hard performance numbers to backup the PR. Come on SGI,
start submitting results!
> Cool systems, though.
At least they're using the good cards from NVIDIA, which they should have done ages ago with Prism.
What I'd like to know is if these systems can be tied into an Atlix setup at all, ie. the option of a large
shared-memory system with a bunch of FX5600s running in parallel. That would be interesting.
> The 5600 is around $3k by itself to be fair.
Here in the UK it's more like $4K (eg. 2139 UKP, or approx. $4300, from http://www.misco.co.uk