Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th Jan 2010 13:44 UTC
Amiga & AROS After days of wild speculation and ridiculously fast-growing threads on AmigaWorld.net, we finally know most of what we need to know about the new Amiga. This is not just a random PowerPC evaluation board that you can stuff in a generic case - no, this is an all-new system with a custom motherboard, and some very, very interesting innovations - like a fully customisable co-processor. Twenty-five years after the introduction of the first Amiga, this is one heck of a machine.
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Less powerful than a Xbox360...
by TheDAX on Tue 5th Jan 2010 18:45 UTC
TheDAX
Member since:
2010-01-05

Even without adding a cluster of Xcores, this thing has a PCI-E 16X slot that could hold, say, a Radeon HD5800.

Now I have tryed Devil may Cry 4, Street Fighter IV and Grid (Race Driver) on a entry level 2.1Ghz intel dual core + Radeon 4830 (quite entry level nowadays) and the above games did run at NATIVE (not upscaled) 1920x1080 with details set at max + 4xAA and 8x Anisotropic Filtering (8x-16X on Street Fighter IV).

X-Box 360 with its 3 3.2Ghz cores can only dream of those settings (talk about as the CPU alone doesn't mean anything nowadays).

By the same token an AmigaOne X1000 + powerful RadeonHD card would run circles around an X-Box 360 and as i said, that is even without taking advantage of its biggest innovation: the use of transputer like cluster computing via the Xorro slot.

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KugelKurt Member since:
2005-07-06

Even without adding a cluster of Xcores, this thing has a PCI-E 16X slot that could hold, say, a Radeon HD5800.

Whose firmware needs to be modified to be PowerPC-compatible.
Even Apple struggled to have current-gen PowerPC-compatible graphics cards back in the day.

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Vanders Member since:
2005-07-06

"Even without adding a cluster of Xcores, this thing has a PCI-E 16X slot that could hold, say, a Radeon HD5800.

Whose firmware needs to be modified to be PowerPC-compatible.
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Not necessarily. EFI is designed around a virtual machine, so in theory any EFI capable firmware should work on any EFI based platform. The original intention was to produce a single firmware for both IA32 & IA64, but in theory (and I say that without even investigating this at all) you could have a PPC EFI firmware that could work with standard EFI capable devices.

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erebos Member since:
2006-02-09


Whose firmware needs to be modified to be PowerPC-compatible.


Wrong. Pegasos II architecture is able to handle non modified graphics cards.

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SamuraiCrow Member since:
2005-11-19

The AmigaOne, SAM440 and Pegasos series machines have a primitive 386 emulator built in to the BIOS flash memories so they can use Intel-style firmware in the graphics card.

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bert64 Member since:
2007-04-23

Only for the firmware, the OS can initialize the card itself but the bootup will be blind.
You could use various PCI videocards on Sparc and Alpha based machines, Linux would usually support most of them.

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