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Octane/Octane2 Systems

Last Change: 12/Aug/2016

Octane/Octane2 Parts/Spares

Octane2 Picture

I have numerous Octane/Octane2s available; too many to list, so here are some example configurations, grouped by CPU-type. See after the table for warranty information, optional discounts, extras, upgrades, notes, etc.

Main Table, more valuable systems listed first. Use price differences and later tables to calculate alternative configurations, or just contact me for a quote. Note that all systems now include a 36GB 15000rpm disk at a minimum (Fujitsu MAX3036NC, the fastest 80pin disk for access time I've found so far, and also a very quiet drive). Also, all systems come fitted with a new XBow fan, to maximise system lifespan.

                                               Disk
Ref             No.             RAM   Banks    Disk     GFX   XBow  Mbd/PSU  Cost
No.  CPU Type  CPUs  MHz  L2    (MB)  Used   Size/RPM   Type  Type   Type    (UKP)  System Type / Skins      Note Refs

 1   R14000     2    600  2MB   8192    4    3x36/15K    V12   V1.4   Newer   2710   [Octane2, blue]
 2   R14000     2    600  2MB   2048    1    36GB/15K    V12   V1.4   Newer   1975   [Octane2, blue]
 3   R14000     2    600  2MB   2048    1    36GB/15K    V10   V1.4   Newer   1900   [Octane2, blue]
 4   R14000     2    600  2MB   2048    1    36GB/15K     V8   V1.4   Newer   1820   [Octane2, blue]
 5   R14000     2    600  2MB   2048    1    36GB/15K    MXE   V1.4   Newer   1850   [Octane2, blue]
 6   R14000     2    600  2MB   2048    1    36GB/15K     V6   V1.4   Newer   1620   [Octane2, blue]
 7   R14000     2    600  2MB   2048    2    36GB/15K     V6   V1.4   Newer   1565   [Octane2, blue]
 8   R14000     2    600  2MB   2048    1    36GB/15K    SSE   V1.4   Newer   1600   [Octane2, blue]
 9   R14000     2    600  2MB   2048    2    36GB/15K    SSE   V1.4   Newer   1545   [Octane2, blue]
10   R14000     2    600  2MB   2048    4    36GB/15K    SSE   V1.4   Newer   1475   [Octane2, blue]
11   R14000     2    600  2MB   2048    4    36GB/15K     SI   V1.4   Newer   1425   [Octane2, orig green]    [#1]
11   R14000     2    600  2MB   1024    2    36GB/15K     SI   V1.4   Newer   1385   [Octane2, blue]          [#1]

12   R14000     1    550  2MB   1024    2    36GB/15K    V12   V1.4   Newer   1080   [Octane2, blue]
13   R14000     1    550  2MB   1024    2    36GB/15K    MXE   V1.4   Newer    955   [Octane2, blue]
14   R14000     1    550  2MB   1024    2    36GB/15K     V6   V1.4   Newer    725   [Octane2, blue]
15   R14000     1    550  2MB   1024    2    36GB/15K     SI   V1.4   Newer    665   [Octane2, blue]

16   R12000     2    400  2MB   2048    1    36GB/15K    V12   V1.4   Newer   1640   [Octane2, blue]
17   R12000     2    400  2MB   2048    1    36GB/15K    V10   V1.4   Newer   1565   [Octane2, blue]
18   R12000     2    400  2MB   2048    1    36GB/15K     V8   V1.4   Newer   1485   [Octane2, blue]
19   R12000     2    400  2MB   2048    1    36GB/15K     V6   V1.4   Newer   1285   [Octane2, blue]
20   R12000     2    400  2MB   2048    2    36GB/15K     V6   V1.4   Newer   1230   [Octane2, blue]
21   R12000     2    400  2MB   2048    1    36GB/15K    MXE   V1.4   Newer   1460   [Octane2, blue]
22   R12000     2    400  2MB   2048    2    36GB/15K    MXE   V1.4   Newer   1405   [Octane2, blue]
23   R12000     2    400  2MB   1024    1    36GB/15K    MXE   V1.4   Newer   1320   [Octane2, blue]
24   R12000     2    400  2MB   1024    2    36GB/15K    MXE   V1.4   Newer   1185   [Octane2, blue]
25   R12000     2    400  2MB   1024    2    36GB/15K    MXI   V1.4   Newer   1105   [Octane2, blue]
26   R12000     2    400  2MB   1024    2    36GB/15K     V6   V1.4   Newer   1055   [Octane2, blue]
27   R12000     2    400  2MB   1024    2    36GB/15K    SSE   V1.4   Newer   1035   [Octane2, blue]
28   R12000     2    400  2MB   1024    2    36GB/15K     SI   V1.4   Newer    995   [Octane2, blue]

29   R12000     1    400  2MB   1024    2    36GB/15K    V12   V1.4   Newer    880   [Octane2, blue]
30   R12000     1    400  2MB   1024    2    36GB/15K    V10   V1.4   Newer    805   [Octane2, blue]
31   R12000     1    400  2MB   1024    2    36GB/15K     V8   V1.4   Newer    725   [Octane2, blue]
32   R12000     1    400  2MB   1024    2    36GB/15K    MXE   V1.4   Newer    755   [Octane2, blue]
33   R12000     1    400  2MB   1024    2    36GB/15K    MXE   V1.4   Newer    740   [Octane2, later green]
34   R12000     1    400  2MB   1024    2    36GB/15K    MXI   V1.4   Newer    675   [Octane2, blue]
35   R12000     1    400  2MB   1024    2    36GB/15K    MXI   V1.4   Newer    660   [Octane2, later green]
36   R12000     1    400  2MB   1024    2    36GB/15K     V6   V1.4   Newer    525   [Octane2, blue]
37   R12000     1    400  2MB   1024    2    36GB/15K     V6   V1.4   Newer    510   [Octane2, later green]
38   R12000     1    400  2MB   1024    2    36GB/15K    SSE   V1.4   Newer    490   [Octane2, later green]
39   R12000     1    400  2MB   1024    2    36GB/15K    SSI   V1.4   Newer    470   [Octane2, later green]
40   R12000     1    400  2MB   1024    2    36GB/15K     SE   V1.4   Newer    460   [Octane2, later green]
41   R12000     1    400  2MB   1024    2    36GB/15K     SI   V1.4   Newer    450   [Octane2, later green]

42   R12000     2    360  2MB   1024    2    36GB/15K    SSE   V1.4   Newer    725   [Octane2, later green]

43   R12000     1    360  2MB   1024    2    36GB/15K    SSE   V1.4   Newer    500   [Octane2, later green]

44   R12000     2    300  2MB   2048    1    36GB/15K    V12   V1.4   Newer   1385   [Octane2, blue]
45   R12000     2    300  2MB   2048    1    36GB/15K    V10   V1.4   Newer   1310   [Octane2, blue]
46   R12000     2    300  2MB   2048    1    36GB/15K     V8   V1.4   Newer   1230   [Octane2, blue]
47   R12000     2    300  2MB   2048    2    36GB/15K     V6   V1.4   Newer    975   [Octane2, blue]
48   R12000     2    300  2MB   1024    2    36GB/15K    MXE   V1.4   Newer   1085   [Octane2, later green]
49   R12000     2    300  2MB   1024    2    36GB/15K     V6   V1.4   Newer    855   [Octane2, later green]
50   R12000     2    300  2MB   1024    2    36GB/15K     SI   V1.4   Newer    795   [Octane2, later green]

51   R12000     1    300  2MB    512    1    36GB/15K    V12   V1.4   Newer    895   [Octane2, later green]
52   R12000     1    300  2MB    512    1    36GB/15K    V10   V1.4   Newer    820   [Octane2, later green]
53   R12000     1    300  2MB    512    1    36GB/15K     V8   V1.4   Newer    740   [Octane2, later green]
54   R12000     1    300  2MB    512    1    36GB/15K     V6   V1.4   Newer    540   [Octane2, later green]
55   R12000     1    300  2MB    512    2    36GB/15K    MXE   V1.3   Older    770   [Octane, orig green]
56   R12000     1    300  2MB    512    2    36GB/15K    MXI   V1.3   Older    690   [Octane, orig green]
57   R12000     1    300  2MB    512    2    36GB/15K    SSE   V1.3   Older    520   [Octane, orig green]
58   R12000     1    300  2MB    512    2    36GB/15K    SSI   V1.3   Older    500   [Octane, orig green]
59   R12000     1    300  2MB    512    2    36GB/15K     SE   V1.3   Older    490   [Octane, orig green]
60   R12000     1    300  2MB    512    2    36GB/15K     SI   V1.3   Older    480   [Octane, orig green]

61   R12000     1    270  2MB    512    2    36GB/15K     SI   V1.4   Newer    320   [Octane2, later green]

62   R10000     2    250  1MB    512    2    36GB/15K     SI   V1.3   Older    390   [Octane, orig green]

63   R10000     1    250  2MB    512    2    36GB/15K     SI   V1.3   Older    270   [Octane, orig green]
64   R10000     1    250  1MB    512    2    36GB/15K     SI   V1.3   Older    265   [Octane, orig green]

65   R10000     1    225  1MB    512    2    36GB/15K     SI   V1.3   Older    260   [Octane, orig green]     [#2]

66   R10000     2    195  1MB    512    2    36GB/15K     SI   V1.3   Older    320   [Octane, orig green]     [#2]

67   R10000     1    195  1MB    512    2    36GB/15K     SI   V1.2   Older    240   [Octane, orig green]     [#2]
68   R10000     1    195  1MB    512    4    36GB/15K     SI   V1.2   Older    235   [Octane, orig green]     [#2]

69   R10000     1    175  1MB    512    2    36GB/15K     SI   V1.2   Older    235   [Octane, orig green]     [#2]
70   R10000     1    175  1MB    512    4    36GB/15K     SI   V1.2   Older    230   [Octane, orig green]     [#2]

Subtract 15 to change blue skins to later green skins, or 20 to have marked original green skins.
See the keyboards/mice page for pricing of these items.

NOTES:

#1: An example number-crunching system, ie. best possible CPUs, but with
    minimal graphics, reasonable disk, cheap skins, and good but inexpensive RAM.
#2: Skins have scratches, etc. Add 25 to replace with skins in good condition.


      WARRANTY     |      <---------- System Value (UKP) -------->
       TABLE       |  Under 150 | 150 to 499 | 500 to 999 |    1000+
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
Default cover      |  30 days   |  60 days   |   90 days  |   90 days
Extend to 60 days  |    +50     |     -      |      -     |      -
Extend to 90 days  |    +95     |    +75     |      -     |      -
Extend to 6 months |   +215     |   +175     |    +125    |    +250
Extend to 1 year   |   +500     |   +400     |    +300    |    +650


NOTE: These configurations are not fixed. I can upgrade/downgrade as required,
eg. R10K/250 V12. Use the upgrade prices below or price differences above to
calculate other combinations, or feel free to email me or call if you're
interested in a configuration not shown above. I also have several 'special' systems available,
ie. with original professional software setups (Alias/Maya); email for details.


Example Graphics Upgrades (easy to calculate: find the difference between various single-R12K/400 configs).
For other examples, eg. V6 -> MXE, just negate the opposite option already shown, ie. V6 -> MXE = +100.

  From / To:     Add       From / To:     Add       From / To:   Add       From / To:   Add

  SI  -> SE:      10       SSI -> SSE:     20       SE  -> SSE:   30       V6  -> V10:  280
  SI  -> SSI:     20       SSI -> MXI:    190       SI  -> V6:    60       V6  -> V8:   200
  SI  -> SSE:     40       MXI -> MXE:     80       SSE -> V6:    20       V6  -> V12:  355
  SI  -> MXI:    210       SSE -> MXE:    250       MXI -> V6:  -150       V8  -> V10:   80
  SI  -> MXE:    290       SE  -> SSI:     10       MXE -> V6:  -230       V8  -> V12:  155
  SI  -> SI+Tex:  95       SE  -> SE+Tex: 125       MXE -> V8:   -30       V10 -> V12:   75

Here is a graph showing how much faster SE, SSI and SSE are compared to SI for geometry performance.
The Geometry Engine used in E-series graphics options is 40% faster and the Raster Engine is 15% faster.

MGRAS GE Speed Graph

Disk upgrade options are as follows:

  73GB 10K 1.6":  -5
    73GB 10K 1": +15
    73GB 15K 1": +30
   146GB 10K 1": +50
   146GB 15K 1": +70

For an extra disk with sled, select the disk required from the
SCSI Disks Table and add 25, eg. an extra 1" 15K 36GB Fujitsu
MAX3036NC on a sled would be +55.

See the Parts/Spares page for a full list of extras, options and upgrades.


In general, the faster the CPU module in a system, the better the base RAM/disk will be and the more extras will be included. Price differences are then tied to the choice of graphics to make things consistent. Thus, given a particular budget, consider a better CPU option first because, for just a little extra, a system may have much better RAM/disk by default. The table is ordered in terms of CPU speed, dual-CPU configurations shown first. Choose the example closest to your needs in the table, then add on any extras as required (or discounts) - see the list of example optional extras/upgrades after the table, or the Parts/Spares page for the full list. If you're not sure, feel free to email or call me. Widen your browser window to see the full table.

Please see the Octane section of the Parts/Spares page for a full list of available upgrades and extras for Octane, eg. PCI option cards, etc. Further items such as DVDROM/CDROM/CDRW/DAT units, SCSI cables, etc. can be found on the SCSI Items page.

Please see my Octane Architecture page for details on the Octane system, aswell as the other information available on the main Octane index.


See the shipping costs page for details of postage charges to the UK, mainland Europe and beyond. A typical shipping cost would be 25 UKP for a UK destination (by Interparcel/UPS), and between 25 and 90 UKP for most mainland European destinations. For destinations beyond Europe, see the shipping costs page for full details. Alternatively, a personal collection is welcome; I live in Edinburgh, Scotland.


Monitors and monitor cables are also available - please see the monitor page for details.


Detailed Notes

All Octanes include a locking bar and power cable.

Most Octane2 systems have a few minor marks, but nothing serious.

If you require a hinv output of any configuration, let me know and I will send it to you. Similarly, I can send any photos required of any system or part.

All systems have a full installation of IRIX 6.5.30m (my own special installation with lots of extras such as Blender, BMRT, Ayam3D, mplayer, OpenOffice, Freeware, Nekoware, Quake, Quake2, Quake3, etc.) Adobe Premiere 4.2 is installed, plus many other items, including a good custom desktop layout. A typical installed software list in Software Manager looks like this, though I can of course customise in any way required, or even just put on a default installation with no extras if preferred.

All systems valued more than 100 UKP come with the Octane/Octane2 demos CD, my custom SGI Nekoware split (8 CDs) and my SGI Gifts CDs. See the IRIX CDs page for details of these CDs. Alternatively, I can include a full 6.5.30 CD set for +40 (email for details).

Dual-CPU systems offer significantly better responsiveness than a single-CPU machine, faster performance for applications that can exploit 2 CPUs (eg. animation programs, compression, movie playback, etc.) aswell as greater flexibility (render on one CPU, continue working on the other). For single-threaded applications though, eg. OpenOffice and Firefox, higher-clocked single-CPU systems are faster.

V12 graphics is the best graphics option available. V12 has 128MB combined VRAM/TRAM (up to 108MB for textures), is 2X faster than V6/V8 for geometry processing, supports many more resolutions and has extra advanced features, though V8 does have the same amount of memory as V12. Note that all VPro systems have Quake3 installed aswell as Quake1 and Quake2.

V6 graphics is valued less than MXI or MXE, even though V6 is faster and has up to 4X more texture memory. This is partly due to the use of MXI/MXE in professional video editing systems, and thus higher demand for them. It is also because V6 does not support 1280x1024 at 72Hz, 75 or 76Hz; on older monitors, V6 must run at a reduced frame buffer depth at 60Hz if using 1280x1024. To get the most from V6, it must be run at 96Hz, eg. by using a newer monitor such as the GDM5411, or one can instead use 1600x1200 at 72Hz which works ok. V10 does not have this restriction. Here is a summary:

                     CAD-oriented, fewer    GIS, imaging, heavy texture
                     hw features, not so    oriented, complex animation,
                     much VRAM or TRAM.     more features, dual-head, etc.

Old Series VPro         V6 (32MB RAM)             V8 (128MB RAM)
Original GE speed

New Series VPro         V10 (32MB RAM)            V12 (128MB RAM)
2X Faster GE speed

Remember that many tasks are often pixel-fill bound, so V12 may not offer that much of a performance increase over V8 for complex tasks. V8 is an excellent solution for most users; indeed, my main desktop system used to be a V8 before I switched to using a Fuel (one would rarely notice the difference between a V8 and a V12, except for when the wider resolution support of V12 is a factor).


Extras/Upgrades

See the Octane section of the Parts/Spares page for a full list of options, extras, upgrades, etc. If you're interested in a configuration not listed on my site, please contact me for details.

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