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[News] Mediator out now?ANN.lu
Posted on 30-Sep-2000 22:43 GMT by Teemu I. Yliselš9 comments
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According to Elbox, the Mediator busboard should be available for purchase from the Power Computing stand at the Pianeta Amiga show in Italy this weekend. The board is demonstrated at the show with a Voodoo3 PCI graphics card. Elbox also have this page up.

Mediator out now? : Comment 1 of 9ANN.lu
Posted by m0ns00n on 30-Sep-2000 22:00 GMT
Ah! That is one sexy card - but why oh why was not an a4000 version released!?
The A4000 is cheaper to expand, having in mind the great costs of an a1200
tower and a ZorroIV card. Please, I have 2 4000's, just crying for this card!
Mediator out now? : Comment 2 of 9ANN.lu
Posted by Amifan on 30-Sep-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 1 (m0ns00n):
A4000 cheap to expand!?? A1200 clocport expansions are "cheap".
And why do you need a ZIV board?? The Mediator fits into the a1200 accelerator port with a pass-thru fo ANY a1200 accelerator.
There's one big BUT. I've got a Powerflyer connected to my a1200 mainboard...because of the very slow bridge on the BlizzardPPC it can reach a maximum of 4.8MB/s....
I mailed Elbox about if i would get the same bad performance with the mediator.
They didn't reply the message............
Mediator out now? : Comment 3 of 9ANN.lu
Posted by A. Vallinotto on 30-Sep-2000 22:00 GMT
The Mediator was actually on sale at the Pianeta Amiga Show, but could only be tested with
an S3 card. The graphics driver (under CGX 3) seemed quite buggy, the speed wasn't terrific.
Mediator out now? : Comment 4 of 9ANN.lu
Posted by Tony Gore on 01-Oct-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 1 (m0ns00n):
Just wait a bit longer...the Preditor should be just what you need for those A4000's. Plus you'll get AGP and the ability to add G3/G4 cpu's directly to the board. At least that's what the specs claim. I understand what you mean about the expandability. I have an A3000 with Ariadne II ethernet, CV64/3D and 040, plus simm adapter with 16MB ram, and a couple of 4GB Hard drives, CD-Rom, and 20" monitor. I don't want to have to purchase an A1200, then a tower to convert it, then the PPC accellerator, then the Mediator, just to use the new PCI bus. I would much prefer to pull the daughterboard out of there and replace it with one that has the PCI (and AGP). Much easier and cheaper than the A1200 solution.
Mediator out now? : Comment 5 of 9ANN.lu
Posted by Paochi on 01-Oct-2000 22:00 GMT
Yes! The Mediator layed in PowerComputing stand! But no with a Vodoo3, but with an anonimous 40DM S3 Card.
It was a bit slow copared to the Cybervision64. But IT RUN!
Mediator out now? : Comment 6 of 9ANN.lu
Posted by Ville Sarell on 02-Oct-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 2 (Amifan):
They haven't replyed me either (I was asking about different issue, but anyhow..) I just hope their support isn't same as Phase6 had :-(
Mediator out now? : Comment 7 of 9ANN.lu
Posted by Ville Sarell on 02-Oct-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 6 (Ville Sarell):
Phase5 even ;-)
Mediator out now? : Comment 8 of 9ANN.lu
Posted by Alessandro Frittelli on 03-Oct-2000 22:00 GMT
The Mediator board was shown at "Pianeta Amiga" fair with a S3 Virge PCI board;
and as we could see the graphic accelleration was quite low, comparing with the BVision
(that was in the same A1200T); slower than AGA with 256 colours I would say.
The guys at the stand told us that the driver is still to be improve ...
Hopefully the more powerful Voodoo board will give better performances.
Moreover owner of Mikronik II A1200 towers wont be able to fit the accellerator
board back, because it will be shifted up of around 2 cm by the by-pass connector.
Mediator out now? : Comment 9 of 9ANN.lu
Posted by Frank Mariak on 04-Oct-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 8 (Alessandro Frittelli):
The driver at the show couldn't be any faster than a permedia2 because the free cgx3 driver has no graphics acceleration at all and it's unlikely that this will improve for the free cgx3 driver.
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