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HX question about link.exe (DOSX)

posted by marcov(R), 30.07.2008, 22:42

> > > Tha last Amigas, the 3000 and 4000, and Steve Jobs's NeXT used the
> > 68040. Excellent chip, performance about equal to the i80486
> >
> > In my experience better...
>
> Well, it's an old debate. The 680x0 and x86 were designed for different
> purposes, each had strengths and weaknesses relative to the other. For
> running Unix the 68040 was superior, for some math operations the 486 was
> faster...

Could be. Haven't done much float dependant stuff in general. (as long as it had one, I was happy). Maybe the fpu wasn't clockdoubled.

> > Amigas went on to also utilize later 68k cpu's, though mostly via 3rd
> > party plugin boards/replacementboards. One of the FPC devels has a
> 68060.
>
> Commodore only went up to the 68040 on the 4000. But the Amiga's design
> made CPU upgrades easy, and there were always third-party options.

Same with Mac.

It's simply the finite number of models I think. And the fact that new models remained expensive for longer, so upgrades were more worthwhile.

Specially the 840AV with its native 40MHz (overclocked) speed is nice, also because it can have 128 MB of ram with fairly ordinary 32MB 72 pins simms. And I bought the machine itself for Eur 15.

Of course to make the switch Amiga->Mac interesting at all, one must be not interested in the AmigaOS itself:-)

(after Commodore, I went to PCs. When I needed 68ks for FPC purposes, I chose Macs since they were easier and cheaper to come by. And I ran NetBSD or Linux as FPC reference OSes for the most anyway. For me AmigaOS or MacOS were bootloaders).

> > Similar "upgrade" boards for the 68k macs contained PPC 601s mostly.
>
> In the '90s there were rumors that Commodore would go to the PPC after the
> 4000. But then Commodore died, no more new Amigas.

3rd party ones and AmigaOS 4.0 brethren as Amiga One did. The 3rd party one (Phase5) also made upgrade cards for Mac.

I never got further than a Deringer 030/50 without (68882) FPU in a Amiga 500+, but said FPC coremember (the one with the 68060 upgrade card) has heaps of exotic Amiga stuff.

 

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