LGR – SGI Indigo2 Computer System Review

LGR – SGI Indigo2 Computer System Review

Diving into the Silicon Graphics Indigo² desktop workstation computer! This was a beast in 1995, and yes, “it’s a UNIX system, I know this!” How do the pros and cons stack up, what games can you play on it, and is it worth the cost today?

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50 Comments

  1. Eren Kotan on February 16, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    My university had these back in 1996 and I used to spend many a happy hour learning about how GL worked on it. Gorgeous machines, way ahead of their time, but now hilariously outdated. Even a budget PC graphics card or iGPU is dozens of times faster than the Max Impact graphics. Amazing how quickly technology marches on



  2. Lonely Potato on February 16, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    >Indigo 2
    >Is teal
    You had one job



  3. Hello Kitty Lover Man on February 16, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    Oh, too bad they didn’t make a custom bezel for the ODD!



  4. Jackie Pyzocha on February 16, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    It rocked! (The color).



  5. Lloyd Share on February 16, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    Reminds me of alpha servers



  6. Hello Kitty Lover Man on February 16, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    "Up to…" one number, with another number as "maximum"? Hummm… confusing!



  7. jhon doe on February 16, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    theres was such a demand for 3D graphics back in the day that even if you paid 50K in a PC you made that money back in just 1 month!
    its not about buying power its about buying time and getting a head start over everyone else, while it would take 10 years before the tech would be cheap enough for normal people to own for 10 years the rich had a head start meaning they were making millions! that they would pass on that wealth to their next generation an so on

    and this is while you will always be poor cause you see this machine today as some kind of waste of money while the successful saw it as a way to not be poor like you!



  8. Hello Kitty Lover Man on February 16, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    Haha, nice "core"/CPU pun!



  9. Deep Pacific Blue Radio Lab. on February 16, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    PI



  10. Mike Hostetler on February 16, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    HOT MACHINE



  11. Hello Kitty Lover Man on February 16, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    Wow, get really precise with your "20.41 kg," as if the 45 pounds were .00-accurate. 😛



  12. liljames2k on February 16, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    Can it run crysis ?



  13. Jeff 2Space on February 16, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    We had these at work, SDRC, back in the day. Development of I-DEAS CAD/CAM/CAE software. Good times.



  14. Rob S on February 16, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    In 1996 I bought a house for $76,000. And not a crack house. It was brand new, partially custom built, 3 bed, two bath, 1301sq ft.

    3 years later I had an Octane based "Trusted Workstation" ruining Trusted Irix that cost over $100K.

    https://www.commoncriteriaportal.org/files/epfiles/st_vid4003-st.pdf

    Amazing machines



  15. Kim Doo han on February 16, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    Wait.can you get review for about SGi Onyx?



  16. Velo1010 on February 16, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    Could one rebuild this computer with a modern CPU motherboard and components?



  17. Hello Kitty Lover Man on February 16, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    "Loaning"?

    * lending



  18. TexRobNC on February 16, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    My suite mate in college had one of these. M3 AND and an SGI workstation, talk about spoiled!



  19. Robert Angelo on February 16, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    Ha! I used SGi computers all through college…



  20. [] on February 16, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    “Academic discount”

    On a 86k pc….



  21. Mike Hostetler on February 16, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    SGI systems make me feel all warm and fuzzy



  22. Jochen Lillich on February 16, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    IIRC there have been SGI keyboards that had nice ALPS switches instead of rubber domes.



  23. Simon Rose on February 16, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    A tip. if you want to get into SGI, be patient, wait and one will pop up on local (note Ebay) on Craigs for near nothing, but just be prepared to spend a little to get them working out of all my machines, 2 x indigo 2’s, 3 x O2’s and 2 x Octanes only the one O2 works. they are fun machines but not worth buying premium prices for. especially as they do not use x86 software. LGR nailed this review…would love to see him review an Octane 2 with the v12..thanks Clint.



  24. Hominid Interneticus on February 16, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    Not enough SGI/SUN PCs reviewed in your channel. I suggest the SGI Octane and O2. And the Sun Ultra 5. God they’re beautiful machines. THey also made nice 24" HD crts (well, sony rebranded crts)



  25. Tom Budin on February 16, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    33mhz for 10k fuark



  26. Hello Kitty Lover Man on February 16, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    "Academic discount," haha! Please tell me these are slightly better than the Casablanca Avio!



  27. comicsansgreenkirby on February 16, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    But does it run Minecraft?



  28. reptar20c on February 16, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    We need a LGR x Doug DeMuro crossover. "And now let’s take a look at the 1995 Indigo2’s quirks and features."



  29. Niko Bellick • 12 лет назад ____________________ on February 16, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    Can it run HL2



  30. The Sorrow on February 16, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    u the guy that who made sandwich why u here lol



  31. Ryan Karolak on February 16, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    An Indigo 2 would be cool to own as a collector as it’s so unique and at the time such a specialized system, but as far as system capabilities I don’t see much of an advantage these days. If you want to use UNIX similar to IRIX you can do that now easily.



  32. New Style Television on February 16, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    Being a film student in the mid 1990’s, I would have traded my kidneys for this computer. It was the absolute wet dream computer of every filmmaker at the time.



  33. carlos zerpa on February 16, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    cool



  34. darkhelmet02 on February 16, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    Hey LGR, I realize this video is like 3 years old now but a few releases ago Mame added support for the indigo2 and the indy, and you can fully emulate irix on it:) while it is quite slow, it is pretty cool that you can sort of emulate silicon graphics machines now



  35. Steve Eversole on February 16, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    At the time it was glorious, just glorious.



  36. MoosesValley on February 16, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    I’ve never met a piece of old computer "junk" that I didn’t like. 🙂 I was an avid collector of computers and software throughout the 1990’s and 2000’s and into the 2010’s, and around 2008 I was given an Indigo 2 workstation with 2 big heavy external SCSI hard-drives, no keyboard, no monitor, no mouse (though I had a ton of keyboards and mice that would have worked fine with it). Also had a bunch of IBM and clone XTs, ATs, 386’s, 486’s, a TRS80, Apple ][c, mainframe dumb terminals (was planning to buy a PDP-11 or maybe even an old Cray that Sydney Uni were selling off cheap on eBay), and so on. Bought tons of stuff locally and later via eBay. When other people heard about my collection, donations started trickling and later flooding in, and pretty soon I had a house full, 1 shed full and another shed on the way to full, and a work office full. I had set-up a computer museum (a massive glass display case) at my local university, and had plans to expand the museum. But then in 2013 disaster struck. Health issues forced me to rapidly downsize my collection and I gave almost all of the hardware and much of the software away for free. Have often regretted the loss of my collection, and especially the Indigo 2 …



  37. William on February 16, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    so basically, this is the Neo Geo AES of mid 90s PCs…..



  38. Ian Spence on February 16, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    And people say that Apple’s new Mac Pro is expensive at $53K…



  39. Red Mustang 1976 on February 16, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    Al this Boomer tech is now packed into our little smart phones.



  40. Erium on February 16, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    THIRTY THOUSAND DOLLARYDOOS?!?!



  41. myself production on February 16, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    Only I feel like that guy talks in 90ths



  42. Alan Canon on February 16, 2020 at 10:39 pm

    Used to maintain a studio full of SGI stuff, including an Indigo2 Max 10000.



  43. José Ricardo Guimarães de Souza on February 16, 2020 at 10:41 pm

    And it’s better than my laptop



  44. Niko Bellick • 12 лет назад ____________________ on February 16, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    It must run GTA III



  45. Vince Bowman on February 16, 2020 at 10:46 pm

    HOW DO I HOOK IT UP WIRELESS, WHEN AT WORK IN THE 90’s IT WAS ALWAYS CONNECTED BY ETHERNET CABLE??? Still runs extremely smooth like a Rolls Royce! Please help!



  46. Danilo Pecher on February 16, 2020 at 10:46 pm

    Have one of these at home. Every time I turn it on, the neighbours call air traffic control.



  47. jammi on February 16, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    The keyboard is mechanical and has ALPS switches. One of the better keyboards around and definitely not rubber dome.



  48. Francisco Rivero on February 16, 2020 at 10:50 pm

    Mario 64 main menu, interesting



  49. LilPuff420 on February 16, 2020 at 10:50 pm

    7:57 looks like the menu from Mario 64



  50. Jochen Lillich on February 16, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    LGR: "You’d have to be a very special unique blend of crazy geek to buy one of these"

    Me: <nervously eyes the SGI Octane on the shelf>