> > PowerComputing - 604e/200 - PowerTower Pro
> > UMAX - 604e/200 - SuperMac S900
> > Motorola - 604e/200 - StarMax 4000
> > Apple - 604e/200 - PowerMac 9600
> > Apple - 604e/200 - PowerMac 8600
> > Apple - 604e/200 - PowerMac 7300 - only if we buy two
> Personally, I would buy one of the Apple system, and believe it or not,
> the 7300/200 is slightly faster then the other two, and I believe, if by
> far the cheapest of the lot.
This is hard to believe. From where did you get this information? The
bus speed is the same (50MHz), the memory interleaving is the same, etc.
I doubt if the 7300's motherboard has any advantage over the Tsunami used
in the 9600/S900/PTPro. The 9600's hard disk is the Seagate Barracuda,
which is a 7200 rpm drive, and its video is a 4Mb IMS TT card. Combined
together, I would have predicted the 9600 to be significantly faster than
The PTPro comes with 1Mb L2 cache, which, under low RAM conditions (<
100Mb) will increase your performance. However, you have to pay extra to
get a 7200 rpm IBM drive and an IMS TT video card.
The S900/200 comes with a slower 5400 rpm IBM drive, but it has the IMS TT
Motorola's system, although significantly cheaper, uses a slower
motherboard. It's bus is maxed at 40MHz, CPU is not upgradable, and video
subsection is not as good as the IMS card. The Motorola does not have
fast scsi-2..it uses an ide controller internally and has a 5MB/sec
external SCSI (I may be wrong on this).
I would recommend getting an upgraded PCC PTPro if you wanted single
processor, and if you want MP, get the S900/250MP loaded with RAM.