Silicon Graphics O2

This computer almost doesn’t qualify in my mind as ‘vintage’ but I will add it anyway because it looks so different. The O2 was Silicon Graphics’ last entry-level Unix workstation and it was released in 1996. I have to admit that the biggest reason for me to buying this machine was its design. It looks great and it is completely modular – you can add and remove components by simply snapping them in and out – no need to open the case.

My O2 is R10000 at 250 MHz – which I believe was the high end of the line. It has 256 Mb of RAM and it is running IRIX 6.5. The system is in great shape with only very minor scratches. It only came with the basics so I am still looking for software and trying out its capabilities. It came with a composite/s-video input/output video card so I will try some video processing eventually (that was the market this box was targetting by the way). The computer connectes fine to a regular LCD monitor and it uses PS/2 mouse and keyboard. I did get an original Silicon Graphics keyboard with it but it is not English (not sure what it is!):

Here is the back of the machine, you can see how nicely built it is:

In any case, I think this is a pretty cool addition to my collection. I can see these machines increasing value considerably since not many were made and the Silicon Graphics design and architecture are so unusual.

Technical Specs:

NAME SGI O2
MANUFACTURER Silicon Graphics
ORIGIN US
YEAR 1996
OS IRIX 6.5
KEYBOARD Full-stroke PC-102 style
CPU RISC R10000
SPEED 250 MHz
CO-PROCESSOR R10010 FPU
RAM 256 MB
HD 9 Gb
Video Resolution 1280×1024
SOUND Iris Audio processor
I/O PORTS Ethernet, VGA, PS/2 mouse and keyboard, many proprietary SGI cards
BUILT IN MEDIA CD ROM
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4 thoughts on “Silicon Graphics O2

  1. Lyssa says:

    Hi, it’s a german layout on the keyboard…

  2. dubidub says:

    The keyboard layout is German 🙂

  3. JustHouz says:

    This is a german keyboard

  4. Hi, the keyboard is definitely German, the letters Ü, Ä and Ö were the first thing i noticed, and then the legends ‘Einfg” (‘Einfügen’=Insert), ‘Entf’ (‘Entfernen’= literally Remove = Delete) et.c. are the final proof.

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