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Andrew Richards
Re: Why Apple should let HP build its workstations
on Mar 8, 2012 at 9:20:16 pm

[Frank Gothmann] "- MacPros have four PCIe slots running at 16/8/4/4 lanes.
The z800 has one legacy PCI slots and 6 PCIe slots running at 16/16/8/4/4 so more expansion and faster"

Yeah I caught that myself and added an edit to the post while you were responding.

[Frank Gothmann] "- You can add up to 9 internal drives in a z800. There are four at the bottom but are forgetting the expansion bays in the front for which you can get, from HP or elsehwere, hot-swap bays for additional five drives. And there are three of those 5,25 bays, not just one."

I said one additional bay, and that expansion chassis is not listed on the spec sheet I was reading.

[Frank Gothmann] "In addition to that, you have SATA and SAS headers on the mainboard (plus lots of them), a RAID chip on board including RAID5 as well as HP options for eSATA on USB3.
Of course, with the z820 things are a bit different. Even faster PCIe, USB3 built in etc."

Yes, fine, the Z is better workstation hardware owing to the additional slots and drive capacity. I was wrong on that. But I'm not wrong about OS X never being licensed and that it would not benefit Apple.


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