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Amiga benchmark tests using Tower57
By Thom Holwerda, submitted by MikeB on 2018-04-13 22:58:03

Trevor Dickinson of A-EON Technology compares the performance of the newly released game Tower57 on various AmigaOne configurations running AmigaOS 4.1 and PowerPC Macs running MorphOS:

It's probably no surprise that the AmigaOne X5000/20 comes out on top by quite a margin. The AmigaOne X1000 was no slowcoach either and pushed the G5 PowerMac into third place in my tests. It was also really good to see the AmigaOne A1222 giving the 2.5 Ghz PowerMac a run for its money. However, the really good news is that all of the Amiga Next-generation machines compared favourably with the commercial Steam release and were all very playable.

I'm quite surprised by the performance of MorphOS 3.10 on my PowerBook G4 1.33Ghz - even on its paltry 512MB RAM (upgraded yesterday to 2GB). The browser is quite worrisome due to WebKit not being built anymore for PowerPC/big endian so it's quite slow, but everything else is quite smooth. I'm planning on upgrading the mechanical hard drive to an SSD for an additional little boost, but it's nice to see that such old machines can be revived with something other than a custom Linux installation.

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RE[2]: Comment by raom
By Drumhellar on 2018-04-16 09:05:08
The Linux kernel is dropping support for Power4/Power4+ in 4.17, not the G4.

Largely because it was accidentally broken in 2016, but nobody noticed until 2018.
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RE[3]: Comment by raom
By JLF65 on 2018-04-16 13:28:32
Okay, that does turn up, and is not remotely the same thing. The POWER4 was one of IBM's super early POWER architectures, dating back to 2001. The fact that it was broken for a couple years and literally no one complained was taken as a sign that the 4 and 4+ could be dropped. Note that the POWER5 and newer are all still supported. And again, this means nothing for the PowerPC line of processors, which are all still supported.
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Where is PowerPC?
By Iapx432 on 2018-04-17 14:09:25

Interesting article on what happened PowerPC and some upbeat views on the possible positive future of Amiga machines at the end.
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