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For a time, SGI was an industry leader in graphical design and computer-aided design (CAD) workstations, but this performance came at a very high cost. Many workstation configuration prices reached into the six-figure range.
Introduced in 1993, the SGI Indy, code-named "Guinness", was SGI’s attempt at garnering a share in the low-end CAD market, dominated by Apple. Like many other offerings from SGI, the price of the Indy was completely based on customer configuration, but the Indy was a low-end option with a budget configuration of around of around $5,000 (USD).
Contained in a small form factor, the Indy belongs to the group of colourful and iconic workstations meant to fit underneath a monitor. In an era ruled by beige, the Bondi Blue "pizza box” case of the Indy was definitely striking. Indys could be found in various configurations depending on customer needs and the specific year of production, with the Challenge S being the server version. The SGI Indy ran from July 1993 to June 1997, from the R4000 to the R5000 models.
Dimensions 41 cm × 36 cm × 8 cm
Introduced July 1993
Operating System IRIX 6.2 IRIX 6.5.22
Processor R4000, R4400, R4600 or R5000
Graphics Newport Graphics (XL/XGE) or Express Graphics (XZ)
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