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Re: Cost to Crack Keys
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And I think your cost estimate is also too high. You're assuming
$5000 per system, and that's way too high.
You only need a power supply, a motherboard, a processor, a *tiny*
amount of RAM, a network device of some sort (so you can netboot the
systems), and probably a cheezeball display card; you can put one or
two monitors on a cart if you *really* need one hooked up.
You don't need a disk or disk controller -- it's just something else
Prices selected by throwing darts at the August Computer Shopper.
There are probably lower ones..
P120 motherboard + processor: $1099
P100 motherboard + processor: 666
case & power supply: $40
network card (10base2): $40
4MB memory: $160
VGA display card: $29
So, one could put together a P100 compute server for about $1000, and
a P120 for about $1400.. the P100 is a better deal at this point.
I suspect that with a little work, you could share power supplies
between multiple motherboards, rack-mount the systems, share
keyboards, etc. You might need a slightly more expensive LAN card for
That cuts your cost estimate down by a factor of about 3 or better, to
I think your electricity estimate may be a bit low, but electricity is
expensive where I live in the northeast U.S...
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