Its not just the mhz that matter but also, something I didn't see mentioned
here, the chip version.
The Alpha Server 4/233 is a EV4, which translates in to SLOW...Speedwise,
the Alpha EV4 233mhz cpu is about the equivelent to an Intel Pentium 200mhz.
A Pentium 200mmx who's motherboard will accept all the latest hardware [ ***
the SRM console] and will run Linux, Solaris, Windows, or NT4 [wouldn't dare
try WinXP, it would run in slow motion]
Here are some comparison tests of the AlphaServer versus a Pentium 90mhz,
its nothing to be get e *** d over, trust me on this:
The Alpha EV56's aren't much better. I went with a AlphaPC 164SX several
years ago and when it comes to speed, it barely bucks a Pentium/AMD 600mhz,
and thats with tweaking to the high hell! About the only thing it places
good [64bit vs 32bit and mhz to mhz] is in the area of floating point. You
really don't see that 2x boost [64bit+mhz = 2x32bit+mhz ratio until you hit
Personally Alpha's are way over priced. I wouldn't pay more than $200 for
ANY alpha box out there, thats the way I am. For $200, you can get a AMD
Dual Motherboard + cpu's. What would that get you:
Asus A7M266-D motherboard $100
Two Athlon 1700+ $10 ea.
For well under $200, you could have a rocking DUAL AMD 1700+ for next to
nothing! If you toss in another $20, you could change that to DUAL 2000+mhz
cpu's...get my drift? Alpha's have pretty much lost the 'speed to cost'
ratio long ago :-(
Tell you something funny, I had a snapperhead try to sell me a UP1500
w/800mhz EV67 for $1400 [not incl. $200 shipping]. I about fell out of my
chair laughing! I guess he was thinking it was something like a 'Mac
Classic' or something. He kept trying to equate the price to the WAY newer
EV7 1200mhz selling for 10grand!!! I had to point out, that they only sold
about 5 of them WORLDWIDE since its intro a year or so ago! Will L G