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Old 09-22-2008, 07:44 AM   #16
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Default Re: Sam 440EP: Overpriced? Obsolete? Overestimated? Underestimated? Or just the right hardware?

@ Raffaele

Yes, current Sam 440EP is overpriced. But I have some hopes the Sam 440 Flex will have a better price tag though: Less layers, no expensive M9 chip.
Unfortunately ACube missed the chance to move to some 460 chip or at least to the 440EPx.

Anyway, for those who want to run OS 4.x Sam is currently the only choice. But it is better to catually have a choice than no choice at all. But with the current price the Sam will not become a major success. The current design is not suited for a competitive price, hopefully ACube will do a better job with the 440 flex.
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Old 09-22-2008, 07:56 AM   #17
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Default Re: Sam 440EP: Overpriced? Obsolete? Overestimated? Underestimated? Or just the right hardware?

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Efika at 99 US$ equipped with PPC MPC 5200 at 400 MHz are no more...

Next Efika will mount MPC 5121 and again at only 400 MHz...

Good enough to do all of the above computing specs... But we need to wait MorphOS 2.1 to be adapted to run on it...

How many time could we wait in Amiga? Another year?
and lets us not forget that it dont fit in any modern or old pc case and it have only 128mb of ram, that is permanent, yes you read right you can not have more ram than 128mb. seriously if you buy an efika, its like throwing your money in the toilet...

save does 99$ until you have enough for the sam is a much better option.
That's pure bullsh*t and FUD. The Efika is quite a nice board. It is no supercomputer though, but it is cheap, reliable and quite useable.
I have one myself which is running MorphOS 2.1 (have a Pegasos, too) and it does its job well. It is fast enough for many things. It is reliable, silent, not expensive and surprisingly fast.
I'd say it has a quite competitive price/performance ratio - at least a better one than some other ppc boards have.

btw.: The Efika2 will have a lot more RAM, SATA and usb2.0 as well as the AXE engine to speed up quite some things. And teh total cost for an Efika2 sytem will be much less than the already low cost for a Efika 5200B based solution.

Next time inform yourself before spreading FUD.
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Old 09-22-2008, 08:29 AM   #18
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Default Re: Sam 440EP: Overpriced? Obsolete? Overestimated? Underestimated? Or just the right hardware?

Of course it has less power than current PCs and costs a lot more but its better than nothing for now. The Sam440EP isn't bad at all. It has eveything you would need to run OS4 on a modern hardware. The only bottleneck is the horsepower of the CPU. So for me the next step could be a Mini-ITX Sam460EX based on the AMCC 460EX processor. Price target should be below 500 Euro for a board inkl. OS4.
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