Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 24th May 2017 23:03 UTC
Amiga & AROS

Ars reviews the Amiga X5000, and concludes:

The X5000 is different. It feels like an exotic car: expensive, beautifully engineered, and unique. If you bought one, you'd be one of a proud few, a collector and enthusiast. It practically begs for you to dig in and tinker with the internals - the system comes with an SDK, a C compiler, Python, and a huge amount of documentation for things like MUI, the innovative GUI library. On top of that, there is the mysterious XMOS chip, crying out for someone to create software that leverages its strengths. It feels like a developer’s machine.

Should you buy one? That depends very much on what your needs are. If you are simply after the best price-to-performance ratio for a desktop computer, this is not the machine for you. But if you are interested in something very different, something that is pleasant and fun to use, and yet can still be used for modern desktop workloads, then the X5000 is worth a look. I have had this review unit on my desktop for over a month now, and frankly I don’t want to give it back.

I reviewed the sam440ep with AmigaOS 4 way back in 2009, and came to a relatively similar conclusion - these machines are a ton of fun, but they're just prohibitively expensive, meaning only existing AmigaOS users will really get their hands on these. They really, really need a more accessible machine or board - a few hundred Euros, tops.

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RE[2]: Not an Amiga
by Earl C Pottinger on Fri 26th May 2017 15:52 UTC in reply to "RE: Not an Amiga"
Earl C Pottinger
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2008-07-12

I have to agree with you. The 68000 series topped out at the 68060 at 75 MHz.

Now I found 68xxx code to be far more efficient than 86x code (often 3 to 4 times faster) but with the Intel/AMD chip now measuring in the GHz the old 68xxx chips are left in the dust.

And if they used the same methods that let the Intel/AMD chips work today they probably would not be any faster than them.

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