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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2005 7:35 pm    Post subject: Sun Blade 150 vs. Sun Ultra 60 Reply with quote

Hi all,

Very simple question, should I buy a Sun Blade 150 (650Mhz, 256 Mb ram, 125 euro) or an Ultra 60 (Dual 360 or 450Mhz, 1 Gb ram, 300+ euro)?

I've read that the performance of the Sun Blade 150 is very poor, however, how does it fare when comparing it against an Ultra60?

Thought, suggestions, etc are welcome...
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2005 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

definately the dual US60

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2005 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any specific reason? The Sun Blade 150 is very cheap imho...
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2005 5:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The IDE disks are slooooowwwwwww.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2005 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I vote for the U60, have two myself, but no SB150, so I can't really compare, but ... the U60's cpus have 4MB cache, the SB150 only 512KB. And you have two UPA-slots. And SCSI. And place for two disks. And it's much cooler ...
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2005 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The SB150 may be a bit quieter and the desktop stuff runs a bit smoother.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2005 3:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Depends a bit on what you want it for I guess but for me I'd definitely take the Ultra 60. For a start the difference in ram probably accounts for most of the difference in price! The ide in the Blade is ata66 I think - pretty dog slow anyway - but at least you can throw a cheap 120gb disk in it if you need to boost storage. The Blade 150 is basically a Blade 100 with a faster (slightly) processor. Its very much at the budget workstation end of the line.
The Ultra 60 is a classier machine and those dual cpus with 4mb cache bad boys should give you some decent throughput.
On the software side if you are looking to run Gentoo some people have had problems with Blade series machines you may want to search these forums to aquaint yourself with any potential hitches. If you are looking to try out Solaris you may find that a dual processor machine doesnt qualify for a free license (this may have changed with Solaris10 but its worth checking out).

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2005 5:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The last thing I knew before Solaris became totally free was that you had to by a licence when you were using a sparc machine >3 cpus.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2005 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As everyone has mentions, dual us60 with 450 has more CPU power than 150, dual give half the latency (so more responsive), 1 GB ram is a lot more than 256M and SCSI is way faster than IDE.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2005 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

xming wrote:
As everyone has mentions, dual us60 with 450 has more CPU power than 150, dual give half the latency (so more responsive), 1 GB ram is a lot more than 256M and SCSI is way faster than IDE.


Ok, thanks :)
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2005 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This depends what you want to do with it really ...

If you want to run gentoo, go for the U60 .. the system overall will be a bit faster, and your hardware will be well supported mostly.
With the SB150 you'll have a slightly slower system, and your onboard hardware will be a tad less supported. Also, the onboard IDE in the SB150 sucks seriously (think ultra5 style)...

However, if you want to go solaris, and play with all the latest & greatest sun addons (sunpci IIIpro, etc) or mess around with the solaris10 goodness, go with the sb150 .. it WILL be a tad slower, however the hardware is still in a "supported" stage from Sun and new hardware addons continue to support it.

Additionally, whichever you decide to get, can you let me know where I can get the one you didnt want? Those are some CHEAP prices ;-)
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