how to build the world's cheapest cluster? (fwd)
Steve M. Gehlbach
steve at nexpath.com
Fri Sep 13 12:42:00 CEST 2002
> A few of the news sites mention the Apollo PLE133 chipset but I haven't
> seen it mentioned on the Walmart or Microtel sites.
> Ronald G Minnich wrote:
> >anybody know if this is the EPIA?
It is a Giga-byte mobo, the GA-6VEML:
http://tw.giga-byte.com/products/products.htm. Apparently it can only be
ordered from Walmart's web site, at least, that's the way I got mine. Comes
with a keyboard, mouse, and speakers, $199.86 + shipping and tax.
> >---------- Forwarded message ----------
> >Date: Wed, 04 Sep 2002 16:00:56 -0400
> >Subject: how to build the world's cheapest cluster?
> >August 30, 2002 01:53 PM
> >Via processors power sub-$200 LindowsOS PC
> >By Tom Krazit
> >MICROTEL COMPUTER SYSTEMS is selling a PC equipped with a C3 processor
> >from Via Technologies and the LindowsOS operating system from
> >Lindows.com Inc. exclusively at Walmart.com for less than $200.
> >One of the cheapest retail desktop PCs available, the SYSMAR 710 is the
> >first PC sold by a major U.S. retailer to contain the C3 processor from
> >Via, a Via spokeswoman said Friday. The SYSMAR comes with an 800MHz C3
> >processor, 128M bytes of SDRAM (synchronous dynamic RAM), a 10G-byte
> >hard drive, and a CD-ROM drive, and has a list price of $199.86. It does
> >not include a monitor, modem, nor floppy disk drive, according to the
> >Walmart.com Web site.
> >The SYSMAR 715, which costs $218, is identical to the SYSMAR 710 but has
> >a LAN card and a modem. The SYSMAR 715 was not available on Walmart.com
> >at press time.
> >Microtel also makes two other PCs for Walmart.com, the SYSMAR150 and
> >SYSMAR151, which cost $299.84 and $399.72 respectively, and feature
> >Microsoft's Windows XP Home edition operating system. The Windows PCs
> >also use 800MHz C3 processors, and feature the same memory and hard
> >drive specifications. The 151 comes with a 15-inch monitor.
> >Walmart.com, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Wal-Mart Stores, Microtel, and
> >Lindows.com partnered to offer low-cost PCs in June, releasing eight
> >different models that used processors from both Intel and Advanced Micro
> >Devices, priced between $299 and $599.
> >Via is primarily known for its chipset business, but also makes the C3
> >and Cyrix processors. The C3 is designed to consume small amounts of
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