> > : I've been offered a Indigo XZ w/ 32Mb , Irix 5.3 , 17 inch mon. No DAT
> > : drive and NO CDROM drive...the price $6000.00..... is this a good offer??
> > : Will the machine be outdated too soon..??
> > : The goal of this machine is to teach myself Alias Power Animator, It is
> > : not to be a production machine...
> > : Thanks in advance.......
> > the XZ isn't quite outdated but certainly not the best desktop graphics
> > SGI offers. it falls somewhere between the indy and the extreme i believe.
> > you're going to need to buy more RAM, so factor that into your cost.
> > also you didn't mention what the processor is -- that makes a big
> > difference.
> > anyway the price seems to be in the ballpark, in my opinion.
> > erik
> sound's good, but how are you supposed to install/backup anything? no
> cdrom? no dat? does it have an exabyte? also the indigo line is dead,
> they switched to the indigo2 platform.
This machine is probably an Indigo2- I don't think XZ ever shipped for the
purple Indigo. It may have an R4000. Maybe craig can clarify.
> don't get me wrong it's a nice machine that out performes a new indy...
Nope, probably not true for Alias- a new Indy *may* have a faster
processor, and since Alias is not dependent on graphics performance, CPU
performance is a good guage of how Alias will perform.
> btw. i didn't think that alias ran on an indy...comments?
Of course you can. It's not as if Alias is dependent on the 3d-hardware -
though v7 has some tools that take some advantage of it. I know quite a
few people who run Alias on Indys- performance is comparable to that of my
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