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January 10, 1997updated 05 Sep 2016 12:04pm


By CBR Staff Writer

Digital Equipment Corp’s new 433MHz and 500MHz Alpha workstations for Windows NT are called the a-Series and prices for the 433a Personal Workstation start at $5,000 while the 500a carries a starting list price of under $10,000. A high-end 500MHz machine will cost about $23,000, way below the $35,000 that DEC charges for a similarly-configured AlphaStation running Unix. So how does one account for the discrepancy? Are Unix users being ripped off, or is DEC shamelessly loss-leading with the NT version?

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