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Apollo Vampire V4 announced
By Thom Holwerda on 2017-08-05 19:12:30

A new Apollo accelerator board has been released. What are these?

Apollo Accelerators is an Amiga Classic accelerator board product line. It uses the Apollo core which is a code compatible Motorola M68K and ColdFire processor but is 3 to 4 time faster than the fastest 68060 at time. It also brings Amiga Classic near to Amiga NG by bringing digital video with millions of colours.

The Vampire V4 improves upon its predecessors in numerous ways. As always, the Amiga community always manages to keep their own computers relevant and up-to-date, if even for just a small group of users. Amazing.

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RE: Classic Amiga enthusiasts should take notice of this
By SaschaW on 2017-08-07 02:33:25
Thanks for this post! I am in a similar situation. Don't own an Amiga currently but following the news closely. I think the Vampire 4 announcement is probably the most exciting news in a very long time. Sorry Amiga One!

I imagine the board to be roughly the size of a Raspberry PI. It would be awesome if we could mount it into a Kickstart A1200 case! :-)
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Comment by grandmasterphp
By grandmasterphp on 2017-08-07 04:33:18
Nice upgrade potential upgrade over my older accelerator card.
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RE: Classic Amiga enthusiasts should take notice of this
By Kochise on 2017-08-07 04:45:28
"SAGA also provides ATARI screenmodes"

No, it shouldn't, these screenmodes must disappear in a painful death. Foreveeeeeer.
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RE: Classic Amiga enthusiasts should take notice of this
By jpkx1984 on 2017-08-07 05:19:38
Yeah, It would be great to see a renewed development on classic. However, there is one obstacle: the state of m68k support in modern compilers: GCC support is rusty, LLVM no fully functional back-ends.
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Comment by ryan88
By ryan88 on 2017-08-07 06:28:15
Really interested in the standalone version!
192.168.0.1 https://19216801help.com
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RE[2]: Classic Amiga enthusiasts should take notice of this
By Ishan333 on 2017-08-07 09:35:57
VBCC isn't too bad and is a native compiler if you want it to.
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RE: Comment by grandmasterphp
By JLF65 on 2017-08-07 16:21:50
Yeah, I've got an EC040/PPC in my A1200. The Vampire would be a LOT better. Hell, it'd be faster at regular 68K programs than the PPC is now on PPC programs!
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RE[2]: Comment by grandmasterphp
By grandmasterphp on 2017-08-07 18:12:44
I got one of these

http://amigakit.leamancomputing....

Along with quite a lot of other kit of my A1200 (I got a second hand one that had been neatly left in the loft for the last 20 odd years). I also have DVI and some other stuff.

http://imgur.com/a/ORjIq

I think I spent about £200-350 upgrading this Amiga 600. It is pretty much as good as it is going to get without ripping the guts out and putting a Vampire card in there.

I am reluctant to stick anymore cash down as I use my Amiga 600 as a WHD load machine (it can do IRC, BBS news groups) and the Amiga 1200 is quite frankly a bit of a nice distraction and I might buy a Vampire 4. But I kinda don't want my Amiga too new. I kinda want it to be an older amiga.
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RE[3]: Comment by grandmasterphp
By JLF65 on 2017-08-08 00:09:57
Best thing I got for my A1200 to date was one of those rare SD card PCMCIA interfaces. It's a LOT handier than a CD/DVD, especially as you can write the SD card as opposed to trying to burn a CD/DVD.

The second best thing I got for it was a new switching power supply meant for a SBC. I took an old (bad) A500 power supply and made my own cable to connect to the A1200 power connector.

Edited 2017-08-08 00:10 UTC
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RE[4]: Comment by grandmasterphp
By grandmasterphp on 2017-08-08 16:10:09
I've got one of those. Makes it easier to transfer files. I've got the amiga on the net so I can directly download most software I want to run on it.
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