My first post here.... hopefully many more to come!!!!
Ok people let us get this clear for all who think so little about Vampire and it's so called "overpriced" product.
I AGREE.... so NOT overpriced! While the components are "a small amount of money" and any of "specmark64", "GeekBench", "SuperPI", "CineBench", "Prime95", "Sandra", "PCMark08" or "HandBrake", IF COMPILED for our accelerator and the results compared to an overclocked 8 core i7 stink, and I mean STINK
.... THAT IS NOT
WHAT YOU ARE BUYING!!!!!!
You aren't buying something that is going to compete with an i7 CPU and nVidia 4 GB video cards that do 4K resolution!!!!!
You need to start drinking some smart pills. For a starter Vampire is a real accelerator and not an emulator. What define an emulator? Emulator is a software that mimics the behavior of the CPU and hardware of other computers or consoles and translate them to the current operating system and hardware and trick the program to thinking it is running on the actual hardware. That is an emulator. Vampire is not that. FPGA is not that! Vampire is simply a real hardware, real CPU that can easily be upgraded without the need of buying new versions of CPU or hardware. It does not emulate...it is the real thing.
I also say, I don't want the OVERHEAD of an OS running under my AmigaOS usage, that is 3 to 18 GB in size.... And the emulation NOT being 100% accurate, ANYWAY!
My i7 that runs at 3.4 GHz, with 32 GBs of RAM takes 1 min 40 secs to boot up from a SATA SSD (6 gbit per sec controller)!!!! (It claims it can do 445 MB per second read!)
TRUE AMIGA, VAMPIRE CLASS will boot up in under 8 seconds (the standalone
) and have "instant off". Yeah. I can get behind that.
Now I get the blabber and technicality out of the way let us discuss what makes Vampire superior over other accelerator and why the price seems fair. It simply takes what is not possible into possible when upgrading your Amiga 2000/1000/500 and yes even 600. It upgrades your CPU, it upgrades your RAM, it upgrades your network, it upgrades your custom chipset, it upgrades your audio and also it upgrades it to HDMI. Something you could never find in all the other accelerators in the Amiga history.
In agreement 100% !!!
Everyone should buy Vampire! Everyone! Vampire is the best thing ever happened to the Amiga community! Thank you BigGun, Majsta and everyone in the community who have brought the best thing ever to the Amiga community!
I agree ON ALL COUNTS! (Everything quoted and parts not quoted.)
I also don't believe that there is any intel CPU that will be able to keep up with the Arria10 populated standalone Vampire either. What I mean is, emulate it
It has 64 bit instruction ability. It has enhanced AGA. NOBODY will code that for x86... and if they were going to, no one will know enough about it to succeed!!!!!!! Personally, I still say, I don't think an i7 is fast enough, unless maybe you wrote it in assembly.
AOS, is the BEST operating system in the world...
And the Vampire is the BEST AMIGA HARDWARE in the WORLD!!!!!
And as if that isn't enough, it is a TRUE PERSONAL
Something that CANNOT be said of other computers out there for a LONG LONG time now!
If it EXPECTS YOU to enter a product key, create user name and log-in code, forces you to get an email address OR ELSE you're locked out of their "little eco-system (ZOO/CAGE)", pressures you into using xyz software (internet explorer) with xyz add-ons (silverlight/.NET) and other things that escape me now,.... it has LEFT the "PERSONAL computer" lifestyle that I remember, know and LOVE!
Even though there are alternatives, and they have a head start, and they have a GAZILLION DOLLARS greasing their wheels, we will prove
that there are BETTER WAYS TO COMPUTE
, and WE ARE IT!!!!!!!!!!