VAX 780 on eBay

Jon Elson elson at
Sun Jan 9 10:38:59 CST 2022

On 1/9/22 8:17 AM, P Gebhardt via cctalk wrote:
>> I'm rather puzzled that an -11/70 will sell for north of $10K, while a /780
>> can't fetch $5K. I can only guess that PDP-11'S are seen as more important in
>> the collector world (even though the BSD work, which had such a huge impact on
>> UNIX, which has now - in the form of Linux - taken over the world, was
>> centered on the VAX).
> Noel, maybethis is also related to the bare size of an 11/780 (any peripherals excluded)

Right, you can run an 11/70 from a regular wall socket, but 
the /780 needs 3-phase, and consumes a LOT more power.  I 
think you could squeeze a usable 11/70 into a single rack 
with modern peripherals, but No WAY for a /780.  But, yes, 
I'm also surprised it didn't sell.


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