Fuel was the last MIPS based workstation made by SGI. Sometimes it is considered a successor to the O2 because it was the lowest priced SGI at it's time, but it is actually a mid-range workstation und thus a successor to the Octane.
The Fuel is based on the same technology as the high end server systems Origin 3000. It is limited to a single CPU and only 4 GB of memory. For higher workstation requirements later on the Tezro was introduced, also based on Origin 3000 technology.
- 2002, January
- Introduction of Fuel with R14000 CPU and VPro graphics.
- 2002, February
- New Processor available: 600 MHz R14000A
- 2002, July
- DM6 video option announced
- 2004, February
- 800MHz Fuel announced
- 2006, July
- End announced for this series. Last systems to be shipped until end of March 2007
|CPU Board||Processor||Clockspeed||Cache (d/i)||Cache (2nd)||Floating Point|
|IP34 (SW: IP35)||R14000||500 MHz||32kb / 32kb||2MB||onboard|
|IP34 (SW: IP35)||R14000||600 MHz||32kb / 32kb||4MB||onboard|
|IP34 (SW: IP35)||R16000||700 MHz||32kb / 32kb||4MB||onboard|
|IP34 (SW: IP35)||R16000||800 MHz||32kb / 32kb||4MB||onboard|
|IP34 (SW: IP35)||R16000||900 MHz||32kb / 32kb||8MB||onboard|
Type: DDR SDRAM (proprietary) Sockets: 4 (2 * 2 sockets) Minimum configuration: 512 MB (2 * 256 MB DIMMs) Maximum configuration: 4096 MB (4 * 1024 MB DIMMs)^
The following DIMM types are available:
- 256 MB DIMM
- 512 MB DIMM
- 1024 MB DIMM
The V12 can be expanded with the Dual Channel Display option (2 DVI-I ports).
The Fuel is the only SGI workstation that does not come with builtin Audio capabilities. The typical solution is to install a M-Audio Revolution 7.1 PCI sound card.
Drives / SCSI
Fuel systems come with 2 integrated internal Ultra160 SCSI controllers/buses to distribute devices of different speeds/specs between them. To attach external SCSI devices a PCI option card is required. The Fuel system supports up to 3 internal harddrives and up to 2 removeable media drives (see below).
- Mouse/Keyboard port
- 2 USB-A ports (can be used for digital audio)
- single 10Base-T/100Base-TX port
- two serial RS232 ports (DB9)
- single bidirectional parallel port
- L1 diagnostic port
2x 66MHz and 2x 33MHz 64bit 3.3V PCI card slots (1 66MHz bus, 1 33MHz bus).
DM6 Video Option
- M-Audio Revolution 7.1 PCI
- RAD Digital Audio PCI
- Dualport Ultra160 SCSI controller
- 1000/100/10Base-TX networking device
- Singleport Fibre Channel
The Fuel chassis is the size of a large red colored bigtower.
width: 22.6 cm / 8.9" height: 48.3 cm / 19.0" depth: 49.3 cm / 19.4" weight: 19 kg / 42 lbs
The chassis has a total of 5 storage bays for drives - 2 5.25" for DVD-ROMs and such, 3 3.5" for harddisks and other devices. The 5.25" bays can be accessed behind the door.
CRI, a division of RSI Inc., did build a rugged rackmount versions of this system.
Choosing an operating system.
Regardless of the system configuration it is always recommended to use IRIX 6.5.30.
System won't start up. High pitched whining from PSU.
As with many other systems the Fuel powersupplies are common points of failure. In this thread on the Nekochan forum the topic of broken Fuel powersupplies id addressed. It also includes hints on replacing the original part with a stock PSU used for PCs.
- Silicon Graphics Fuel Visual Workstation Hardware User's Guide [local]
- Silicon Graphics Fuel Internal SCSI ID Jumper Settings [local]