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[News] Mediator PCI 1200 SX sales beganANN.lu
Posted on 10-Oct-2002 14:28 GMT by ELBOX COMPUTER15 comments
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We are glad to inform that Mediator PCI 1200 SX is on sale now from our distributors. To find the distributor near you, please go to our Where To Buy section. Mediator PCI 1200 SX is the successor to the Mediator PCI 1200 busboard. Mediator PCI 1200 SX offers Amiga 1200 users the opportunity to use up to 6 PCI cards, significantly improving the computer performance. Additionally, the new Mediator model has a Power Management Interface, which allows waking up the computer with external events (e.g. with USB or LAN signals) and shutting it down controlled by software. For more info, see Mediator PCI 1200 SX website.
Mediator PCI 1200 SX sales began : Comment 1 of 15ANN.lu
Posted by Digby on 10-Oct-2002 13:28 GMT
About time!
Mediator PCI 1200 SX sales began : Comment 2 of 15ANN.lu
Posted by Some Farker on 10-Oct-2002 13:48 GMT
Man, I already mentally populated the whole card...
10/100 NIC
SB 128
Voodoo 3
USB 2.0 card*
ATA/133 controller*
Shark PCI PPC card.
Cram all that into an ATX tower (with liberal cooling!) and you're all set.
(*presumes some sort of drivers are written for them).
Mediator PCI 1200 SX sales began : Comment 3 of 15ANN.lu
Posted by Some Farker on 10-Oct-2002 13:53 GMT
In reply to Comment 2 (Some Farker):
Woops! Forgot about the Spider USB controller. Well there you go. All you'd need is the drivers for the ATA133 controller.
Or SCSI controller, either or.
Mediator PCI 1200 SX sales began : Comment 4 of 15ANN.lu
Posted by Peter Gordon on 10-Oct-2002 14:27 GMT
In reply to Comment 3 (Some Farker):
You also need the SharkPPC to be out as well :)
Mediator PCI 1200 SX sales began : Comment 5 of 15ANN.lu
Posted by Some Farker on 10-Oct-2002 19:41 GMT
In reply to Comment 4 (Peter Gordon):
Oh, yeah well here's a clue-by-four for me <whop!>
There IS the matter of the Shark being out ;-)
I wonder about that thing though. I mean, won't PCI bus latency affect it's performance?
Mediator PCI 1200 SX sales began : Comment 6 of 15ANN.lu
Posted by Rob on 10-Oct-2002 22:16 GMT
In reply to Comment 5 (Some Farker):
I can't say I know what you mean.
I though the idea was that once you plugged in the SharkPPC it took
control of the PCI bus and upped the bus clock from 33Mhz to 66Mhz.
The current limitations of the A1200 hardware (i.e. no DMA between
accelerator cards and PCI cards,memory access through the 8MB window)
will be a thing of the past with the Shark.
With onboard IDE the Shark could theoretically boot a mediator system
without the need for an A1200 at all. I have a felling that this is
what Elbox plan to do. A Mediator SX and SharkPPC+, 6 PCI slots
onboard AGPx4 UDMA 100 a beefy G3/G4 and access to classic hardware .
If Elbox get this right it could prove to be better than Pegasos and
A1.
This is just my opinion but, remember A Mediator With a SharkPPC is
effectively a new motherbord design like Peg and A1.
I look forward to all three products being available.
Mediator PCI 1200 SX sales began : Comment 7 of 15ANN.lu
Posted by Some Farker on 10-Oct-2002 23:31 GMT
In reply to Comment 6 (Rob):
Well, what I mean is I'm wondering if there's going to be any ... how can I put this..."communications lag" since the CPU bus is faster than the PCI bus. Or is it?
Mediator PCI 1200 SX sales began : Comment 8 of 15ANN.lu
Posted by Anonymous on 11-Oct-2002 03:41 GMT
In reply to Comment 7 (Some Farker):
On common consumer x86 motherboards PCI speed is 33MHz while the CPU bus speed
is effectively 533MHz (P4 "quad-pumped" 133MHz bus), so go figure!
>>If Elbox get this right it could prove to be better than Pegasos and A1.
But we have to ask for the price, too...
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Posted by Anders Kjeldsen on 11-Oct-2002 05:02 GMT
In reply to Comment 6 (Rob):
I don't think the Mediator 1200 SX could make it as an individual computer. They should create a new standalone Mediator motherboard, which could enter the same market as Pegasos and A1. With a CPU slot etc.
As soon as 99% of the work is done on the Mediator-part, it's really becomming meaning less to keep the amiga-part.
Mediator PCI 1200 SX sales began : Comment 10 of 15ANN.lu
Posted by Amifan on 11-Oct-2002 05:06 GMT
In reply to Comment 7 (Some Farker):
You can consider the SharkPPC+ as a PPC mainboard in a PCI formfactor.
Just plug it into the PCI slot and it will act as a PCI busmaster, to get a PPC computer with 1 AGP 2X and 5 PCI slots.
To put it very simple(too simple :-) ):
Since the SharkPPC+ has its own BIOS and UDMA100 EIDE controller, it can simply boot an OS.
Mediator PCI 1200 SX sales began : Comment 11 of 15ANN.lu
Posted by wippersnapper on 11-Oct-2002 11:31 GMT
In reply to Comment 10 (Amifan):
Surely it would make more sense to have the AGP port directly on the Mediator busboard rather than on the SharkPPC+ expansion card. Were Elbox to manufacture a version of the Mediator(XL) with an onboard AGP-port, I'm sure many more existing users would consider this a viable alternative to the AmigaOne for running AOS4.
Mediator PCI 1200 SX sales began : Comment 12 of 15ANN.lu
Posted by Ole-Egil on 11-Oct-2002 13:20 GMT
In reply to Comment 11 (wippersnapper):
And AGP would give what benefit over PCI in a system like that? Do you have ANY idea what you're talking about? ;-)
Mediator PCI 1200 SX sales began : Comment 13 of 15ANN.lu
Posted by ctrlbreak on 11-Oct-2002 13:32 GMT
In reply to Comment 2 (Some Farker):
Why not populate it with a Voodoo5 rather than a Voodoo3 If you're going for full a power system!
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Posted by Some Farker on 11-Oct-2002 13:53 GMT
In reply to Comment 13 (ctrlbreak):
All things being equal if I were in that situation I'd prefer not to use a Voodoo card period. Something a little more robust would be to my liking. However, since there aren't any PCI GeForce 2 or 3 cards, yeah, the V5 would be the way to go...
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Posted by Anders Kjeldsen on 11-Oct-2002 14:26 GMT
In reply to Comment 12 (Ole-Egil):
How about "more cards available" ? Are you saying that it wouldn't work, or that it would perform worse than PCI graphic boards?
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