I picked up a B&W today at university auction. It is branded "Macintosh Server G3" as you can see. Before the auction, I looked at the mobo, and I thought it had the "402" chip, but the lighting in there wasn't the best... and I must have misread the chip, which the last 4 characters on the chip actually read ...46U2, not 402. Doh!
Ah, well... It has the Ultra2 LVD card in it, with cable, which I originally thought was a ATA card, because it looked at first like it was connected to the fast ATA bus on the mobo... I thought it was a RAID card or something... because there was a second fast scsi PCI card in there... which must be what confused me. I can't believe I made 2 (2!!) mistakes when I assessed the machine.
There is one RAM stick, 128MB, and I assume its OEM because of the specs listed on the back. 350MHz proc, blue jumper block. It has the more modern style independant HD brackets, with the last one that holds 2 HDs, not that PITA big single bracket that has to be entirely removed every time you add/remove a HD. Has a single IBM 20GB IDE drive (? orig... should have been a 9GB? or was 20GB an option?).
The box is in very good shape, hardly any dust/dirt inside or out or under the translucent outer plastic.
The take? $30. Not too bad, but makes more sense now that I know its a rev.1 board. (I also picked up a couple Beige G3s for $25 for both. They are very clean compared to the other beige's I've been into at the University... no idea what rev. they are.) Here's a link to some other stuff I was considering.
Here's some shots of the Server G3:
Here's some shots of one of the beige's (the other appeared to be identical):
I'd appreciate it if someone could educate me on how to determine what Rev it is, how to tell the difference between the roms, whether there is any difference in the mobos, etc.
What I don't understand here... and this is totally open to discussion/interpretation, whatever... is why Apple bothers to brand the Servers different from the stock machines... EVEN giving it a distinct code name ("Wasp," as opposed to "Yosemite"). I guess I could understand that, for marketing purposes, they may call it the Server version... but... why waste money on having a different badge? And a distinct code name almost gives the impression like it had its own seperate development team... (what a cake walk being on THAT team would have been). The specs between it and the regular B&W are nearly identical (AFAIK, in all ways except for the optional SCSI card). They didn't even bother juicing the PSU (its 200W), which seems absurd, because the scsi cable has room for 4 drives, and I really doubt this PSU could run 4 drives, plus the IDE drive, zip and optical drives. I think it will need to be replaced if I want to max this out... if someone knows different, please let me know.
But anyways... at least I get to brag about it (as in, "My B&W can beat up your B&W! Its a Server G3!")