A little over a week ago, to my astonishment I found a Phase 5 Cyberstorm MK2
accelerator available on Ebay here in Washington state. I figured it was a total long shot, but I placed a bid well below what I knew these went for. (They usually seem to go for around $1,000 these days if not a bit more.)
The auction was set for a week. I kept an eye on things and noticed only a measly 7 other folks were watching the auction as the week dragged on. After a few days I realized most Amigans weren't alerted to this auction, and a tickle of hope emerged. I think the fact that "Amiga" was missing from the item's title played a big role. All it said was, "Phase 5 Digital Products CyberStorm Mk2 060 version."
As the week began to come to a close someone else passed my low bid. Not surprised, I set up a sniper bot. I put in another bid but I honestly had no real belief I had a chance in hell. On the last day someone put in their max bid in the final seconds of $200
. My max bid (528.33 USD) pushed the final bid to only $202... and I won for $202!
I. Still. Can't. Believe. It.
It makes no sense how this flew so low under the radar to where I had only 1 competitor in the final seconds. That kind of thing just doesn't seem to happen on Ebay anymore. Maybe 10 years ago, sure, but not in 2022.
Anyway, as a friend said after the auction was over: even if the card doesn't work the 060 alone is worth at least my purchase price. I'll find out in the next 1-2 weeks if the card fires up or not.
I plan on putting it in my Bonkers A3000
- Future home of the Cyberstorm MK2.
Then that machine will have the zz9000, bigRAM of 256MB, upgraded RTC with coin battery, SCSI2SD, Noctua fan for quieter operation, OS 3.1ROMs and glorious (modern, metal housing) 15" LCD with native resolution of 1024x768. It makes the visuals crisper and sharper than makes sense.
- To be honest I don't even know how much RAM is on this card, nor it it will even get used in conjunction with all of the other RAM in the machine (bigRAM + 16mb ZIP RAM on the motherboard, iirc). It's crazy!