You'd be forgiven if you thought former computer giant SGI (Silicon Graphics, Inc.) had gone extinct. But the California company responsible for the computing engines behind such special effects flicks as Jurassic Park and other 90s blockbusters is still alive and kicking, and proves it's still a T-Rex with its Octane III Personal Supercomputer.
You can stuff 80 cores' worth of Intel quad-core Xeon processor goodness into this beast, accompanied by advanced NVIDIA graphics and nearly a terabyte of memory. For more efficiency, you can slip 19 of those tiny, low-power single-socket dual-core Intel Atom processors inside. This 1x2-foot deskside workstation is said to be ultraquiet, too.
That $100,000-and-up pricing of the old SGI has also gone the way of the dinosaur — this hot box's pricing starts at $7995. Sure, the 80-core version will cost a lot more than that, but it'll still be a far cry from 100 grand. And it puts even the most powerful PC workstations to shame. Could this mean the old SGI is back?