Most Powerful Personal Computer Ever?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by mileslong, Nov 1, 2006.

  1. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    it says "Our" - first word.

    their most powerful computer at the time? likely.
     
  2. danidoll521 macrumors regular

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    I actually had a Tandy 5000 at work back in the day (seems like so long ago). I can't imagine anyone, even a business, spending $8499.00 for a computer...shows how much technology has changed over the years and much cheaper it has become.
     
  3. imacintel macrumors 68000

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  4. darkwing macrumors 65816

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    A lot of Macs cost more than that when new. Look it up.
     
  5. danidoll521 macrumors regular

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    I was nothing to spend over 10K for a computer in those days, especially a Mac. All I can say is I'm thankful the price of technology has decreased with time :)
     
  6. tech4all macrumors 68040

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    Agreed. But if prices have stayed the same, I wonder what a Mac Pro fully equipped would cost? :eek:
     
  7. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    Actually, very few Macs cost more than that. Only a few select ultra high-end models, like the 40mhz IIfx, cost that much (this is only 20mhz!) and the IIfx also supports up to 128mb of RAM, and multiple displays in millions of colors with the addition of extra video cards (up to 6 if you really wanted to, via 32-bit NuBus... what does this have 8-bit ISA???).

    Most fell in the $2000 - $5000 price range.

    Please stop spreading this common misconception. Most Macs cost less than that and could still do much much more, even 17 years ago.
     
  8. FullmetalZ26 macrumors regular

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    Actually, this looks like a licensed clone of IBM's 32-bit microchannel ("MCA") architecture that was most common in the IBM PS/2 series. It was a revolutionary design, but IBM wanted manufacturers to pay a hefty IBM tax in order to use it, so there weren't many companies interested in using MCA. (That probably explains part of this machine's insane price.) Because of that, the ISA/EISA standard won out, the Microchannel Architecture became a mere footnote, and computers based on the design became quirky little machines that used hard-to-find and pricey parts.
     
  9. mileslong thread starter macrumors 6502

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    how about this baby? the giant pirate ship steering could take the place of your mouse...by the way, fortran rocks!
    [​IMG]
     
  10. miloblithe macrumors 68020

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    That's awesome mileslong. Where'd you get that from?
     
  11. mileslong thread starter macrumors 6502

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    actually from my old university message board...:)
     
  12. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    :D :D :D

    I guess that's what happens if you try and predict the future, you end up making yourself look like a dick in the past...
     
  13. daveIT macrumors member

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    That "pirate ship" computer picture is a hoax...I remeber seeing that floating around a couple years ago...


    RAND Computer Hoax
     

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