Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 2nd Oct 2002 17:49 UTC
SGI and IRIX In the '90s, before MacOSX was released, if people were to reffer to a user-friendly Unix that looked cool at the time, that would have been SGI's 64-bit operating system for the MIPS processors, the IRIX. IRIX was first released in 1987, and by 1995 was already a highly respected UNIX, the first with immense multimedia capabilities! Check out our introduction and some screenshots of IRIX.
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Re: power consumption
by johnG on Thu 3rd Oct 2002 13:59 UTC

Wow. Thanks. My first guess couldn't've been more wrong. Well, does the 24" SGI-branded Trinitron monitor that comes with it plug into the Octane itself? That thing would consume maybe 250 watts right there. Then the Octane would consume closer to 600 W. Hmm.. still that's a lot.

I've always heard that the MIPS chips were some of the most efficient CPU's around.

This little computer from NEC
http://www.neccomp.com/v2/products/PowerMate/eco/
(recently mentioned on /.) only soaks up about 80 watts (including flat panel monitor) and runs on a Transmeta chip.

If anyone's still reading this comment, "shoppa" on /. gave a link to this baby:
http://www.viavpsd.com/product/epia_mini_itx_spec.jsp?motherboardId...
Evidently, it fits into a micro-ATX case and it's CPU is something called the "VIA Eden™ ESP 5000". (?) This person's computer (that uses this mobo) only consumes 30W under load. Sweeeet.

They mention that a case is available here:
http://www.caseoutlet.com/NWPc/2677/itx2677.html