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Hardware News   Hardware News : Sam460ex motherboard - Lite version
   posted by elwood on 18-May-2011 21:54:41 (12854 reads)
To celebrate the upcoming summer season, ACube is happy to introduce you to a new Lite version of the Sam460ex:

Sam460ex motherboard - Lite 1 Ghz
512 MB DDR2
AmigaOS4.1 included
Price Euro 599 (Euro 499.50 for the industrial version)

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Also available as a complete system with the following characteristics:

Sam460ex - Lite 1 Ghz
Case LC-Power 2039MB-MBS
512 MB DDR2
Radeon 9250 PCI - 128 MB
HD SATA2 Western Digital 500 GB
AmigaOS4.1 pre-installed

Euro 709,50

Note that these are limited offers until stock last, and sold only from ACube Systems directly.

Prices exclude VAT and shipping cost. Please contact us for more information using the contact page.
    

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Re: Sam460ex motherboard - Lite version
Posted on 19-May-2011 19:22:38
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Hmmm, that should be around £750 (inc VAT but excl shipping), which compares very favourably to £950 for AmigaKit's slightly higher spec Sam460 (which can have same gfx card, but has more RAM & bigger HD, plus of course a faster CPU).

Last edited by ChrisH on 20-May-2011 at 08:36 AM.
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@chrish

The price looks good yes. Seems to be 2k cheaper than the one i got. That shold be just over £200. Thats quite some money saved.

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Is the pci-e x4 gone? Or is it just the cpu change?

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Good to see an offer with a slightly better price/performance ratio. Still not a bargain literally though, but also not complete insane. Thumbs up, a step into the right direction!


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Poster: Zylesea Date: 19-May-2011 21:33:18
Good to see an offer with a slightly better price/performance ratio. Still not a bargain literally though, but also not complete insane. Thumbs up, a step into the right direction!


Agreed. It is not on my list to be purchased, but it is good to see a serious company in this market.


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Nice, yet more hardware!

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Wow, I didn't see that one coming either, it's nice to have surprise news like this! This is ACube's answer to those who were complaining about the high price of the Sam460

I'm just trying to make a fair comparison of the price, a Sam460ex (1.15GHz) from AmigaKit currently costs 945 EUR with RAM (there's only 2GB option available) including VAT which is 20% I think. The 1GHz 460Lite would be about 720 EUR with VAT, that's a price reduction of 225 EUR? Did I get it right?

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@kas1e

You are correct, the driver for the SAM 460 soundchip is being handled by ACube.


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@COBRA
Don't forget that Sam460Lite has a much less RAM & much smaller HD size (but probably still enough for many people I think). Also don't forget the AmigaKit's default config has *no* Radeon9250 (but you can ask them to add one), while the Sam460lite does.


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The good think is that radeon9250 works fine in sam460, what mean everyone who want to have current working opengl over minigl , can just use radeon9250, and not radeonsHD (for now, while there is no gallium/mesa).

@hyperionmp
Aha thanks for clarify

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Bring on onboard sound support plz ! :)


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@ChrisH

I was comparing the price of the motherboards (with RAM and OS4 included), not complete systems. In this case the only difference is 1.15GHz - 2GB RAM vs. 1GHz - 512MB RAM (and faster PCI speed on the Lite apparently) with a price difference of around 225 EUR incl. VAT (if my calculation was correct). This would make the Sam460ex-Lite a much better "value for money" than the original Sam460ex.

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Yes I agree always great news a new board to run amiga os. Good price point, if they could somehow get it to $399 thats a nice magic number, as most of the interested buyers have cases, drives, etc laying around.

good job Acube

and release the driver ASAP :) will help you sell boards.

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compares very favourably to £950 for AmigaKit's slightly higher spec Sam460

slightly? 512 MB => 2 GB, it's 200 % more, 1 Ghz => 1.15 Ghz, it's 15% more.
But of course it's a matter of taste


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1,5 GB of RAM these days cost peanuts. 15% of CPU speed is hardly sgnificant.


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Agreed. It is not on my list to be purchased, but it is good to see a serious company in this market.


Yup.

They're obviously limited in what they can do given the size of the market but getting the price down is certainly a move in the right direction.


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Nice .
Its about a 36% reduction.
If shipped with a SD card for OS installation without a CD drive and working driver for on board sound then they would have a winner.


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Great!

I might upgrade one day...

Next A-Eon announces x1000lite.


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I've been waiting on the x1000 but this offer is very tempting, though I'm just wondering what performance I should expect from the Sam460ex, will either version be able to match the performance of my old 800MHz A1-XE G4 ?


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@Akiko

I imagine SAM460ex should be slightly faster, whenever Altivec does not give extra 20% boost on the G4 side.

Any information if PPC440/460 extra DSP instructions are used on anything on AOS4 or by Amiga applications.?
Does gcc have compile optimisations for those instructions?


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@m3x

Is there any plans of making the lattice chip usable for AOS4 stuff?
(releasing the needed subsystem documantation etc)

Would it be possible to build SATA adapter to the 80 pin FPGA connector?
Or Atari joystick adapter?

Any plan to produce anything for the FPGA connector?


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@Akiko

Quote:
will either version be able to match the performance of my old 800MHz A1-XE G4 ?


I think 1000 MHz 460EX (with faster memory and BUS on SAM) could be a little bit faster in most tasks than A1-XE G4. However, AltiVec in G4 helps much in video playback (and some other cases). Considering drivers aren´t completed and optimised yet, I would keep A1-XE.

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