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Seattle, WA, USA

Posted Wed Feb 16, 2022 9:44 am

So I'm sipping my coffee scanning the daily Amiga chatter sites and my cup pauses briefly as I come across this:

Sam460LE 1.10 Ghz Pre-Order
  • Sam460LE board running up to 1.1 Ghz
  • Micro-ATX form factor with enough space for double slot graphic cards ;-)
  • MicroSD Slot at the rear of the board, so it can operated from the back.
  • 1 backplate
  • AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition included (OEM license)
Pre-order price: €240.00


OK, I think, that's really not that bad. I don't really "get" the modern Amiga machines that can barely run any software. But it could be a fun machine to stick into some cool case and simply make it a project box. I start to try and mentally justify this kind of endeavor in my mind. Would I use it beyond the 3-4 weeks it might take to set it all up? Could be fun to get a mechanical keyboard for it, I think. My mind trails off...

I read on.
Sam460LE (Limited Edition) is a PowerPC motherboard engineered and produced by ACube Systems and it is totally made in Italy.
OK so it's going after the PPC market. Got it. So that's a whole world I never really dabbled in Amiga-wise. Could be potentially interesting for a little while.

I continue.

The Sam460LE bundle contains:
  • 7 USB ports
  • Gigabit ethernet
  • 4 usable boot media
  • The Sam460LE supports 3 expansion slots: PCI, PCIe 1x and PCIe 4x.
What PCi cards have AmigaOS drivers for them, I wonder? Must be a very limited handful.

Board sounds pretty capable, though. I would think this is aiming directly at the tiny little A-EON market, if there even still is one out there. Does anyone still sell Amiga 4.1 CDs?

Then I get to this part, well below the fold of the initial page load.
Please consider this:

This product is a pre-order offer. The final price of this pre-order product will be 739 Euros [approximately $840 US] VAT excluded (European countries should add 22% VAT).
I totally get that it is not cheap to make these niche systems in very small quantities. But am I completely off-base wondering why I couldn't just grab a PowerPC G4 1.25Ghz Mac Mini off Ebay and load MorphOS on it for virtually the same experience - minus the PCI slots - for less than $100? Or, for that matter, go make some crazy Raspberry Pi Frankenstein thing. Am I wrong?

OK! That settles that. I return to sipping my coffee and flick to the next site.

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Posted Wed Feb 16, 2022 12:52 pm

I saw the news of this preorder. Like you, it peaked my interest for a moment.

It seemed liked a nice idea, pretty good price…. woah woah woah… ok.

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Lexington VA

Posted Wed Feb 16, 2022 1:51 pm

The performance on these boards is pretty woefull.

and if you look, half the board is not even populated to save cost :) (now think of the current cost....)...

then go back and realise this is a design from 2009...

the 460ex doesnt have Altivec either... my mac mini g4 1.5ghz has altivec... Altivec can have a huge difference if an app is compiled for it, and runs morphos nicely.

As having a morphos machine, I'd love a similar sized small machine to run AOS4.1, for development + messing around but not at those prices :( (I did get excited when I saw the start price, but realised that was a down payment ugh)

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Toronto, Canada

Posted Tue Feb 22, 2022 12:57 pm

guys you can't even buy a decent A1200 or A4000 with 060 nowadays for that money! heck CS-MKII's NOT III have been selling for that amount and more

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New Orleans, LA, USA

Posted Tue Feb 22, 2022 6:10 pm

Are the USB ports even 3.0?

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