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Old 08 August 2018, 19:16   #1
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Always wanted a cheap PPC card?

The latest sonnet library (17.10) now also supports the Killer NIC M1 card.

Some benchmarks of the Killer NIC M1 running WarpOS stuff:

GPMark:

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                      CSPPC  BPPC    Sonnet  PrPMC800 Killer NIC
                      360MHz 330MHz  500MHz  450MHz   400MHz
                      CVPPC  Voodoo3 Voodoo3 Voodoo3  Voodoo3

Blitting Test:        18.7    8.2     36.8    137.7    40.0
Plasma:               18.5    8.2     32.8    81.5     34.3
Rotozoomer:           17.3    6.3     33.1    96.7     34.3
Rotozoomer Near:      18.6    8.2     33.6    100.9    36.1
Rotozoomer Far:       14.8    4.2     31.7    86.0     30.2
Radial Blur:          6.9     1.6     9.9     19.4     12.0
3D Bunny:             3.6     1.6     5.1     11.2     7.0
Games:

Code:
          Demo  Sonnet 500MHz G3    PrPMC 450MHz G4   Killer NIC 400MHz
                320x240  640x480   320x240  640x480   320x240  640x480
QuakeWOS  (2)    68.3     24.6       93.0     40.3      60.0    25.3
glQuake   (1)     x       48.9        x       50.1       x      44.5
Quake II  (1)     x       51.2        x       55.1       x      44.3
Quake III (4)     x       28.3        x       32.0       x       a
x = not measured
a = not enough memory
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Old 08 August 2018, 20:20   #2
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they have no excuse now just need that mediator
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Old 13 August 2018, 11:34   #3
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http://amigafun.blogspot.com/2018/08...work-card.html

For a short demo.
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Old 13 August 2018, 22:45   #4
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Wow that is really cool !! But any link for that Nic card ?
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Old 13 August 2018, 23:15   #5
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Wow that is really cool !! But any link for that Nic card ?
ebay all day look back at 1 of my posts shows the names and part#'s
http://eab.abime.net/showpost.php?p=...postcount=2396
the pci-e cards have not been tested with the adapter shown in post
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Old 14 August 2018, 04:18   #6
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Yeah Sonnet PCI cards are several hundred dollars on eBay, I think you can drop the "cheap" out of your title
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Old 14 August 2018, 04:29   #7
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Yeah Sonnet PCI cards are several hundred dollars on eBay, I think you can drop the "cheap" out of your title
The Killer cards which this thread refers to goes for around £50~, and you would've known that if you actually read the thread instead of assuming...

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Old 14 August 2018, 05:11   #8
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Yeah Sonnet PCI cards are several hundred dollars on eBay, I think you can drop the "cheap" out of your title
maybe you should check out the thread as we support many types of cards
the card above is a DELL OEM part and sold for pocket change
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Old 14 August 2018, 05:28   #9
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I believe that I would like to imagine that this will boot BeOS, if I get two does it work with multiprocessor support in BeOS? Because if it doesn't, no deal.
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Old 14 August 2018, 09:27   #10
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Now then it becomes interesting again, when also BeOS will run!
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Old 14 August 2018, 09:57   #11
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Great work guys! Ppc cards for the masses!
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Old 14 August 2018, 23:58   #12
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Well I'll be damned! That IS cool! Does it have it's own RAM? If not what's the speed like? Can it still use the USB and network function?
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Old 15 August 2018, 00:10   #13
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Well I'll be damned! That IS cool! Does it have it's own RAM? If not what's the speed like? Can it still use the USB and network function?
It has 64MB RAM which is not enough for the really big stuff like Q3, but it is budget after all.

If someone writes Amiga drivers for the USB and Network part, why not.
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Old 15 August 2018, 10:01   #14
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Is there a link with a list of the compatible cards? Just I'm not sure what card I should be looking for.
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Old 15 August 2018, 12:13   #15
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Is there a link with a list of the compatible cards? Just I'm not sure what card I should be looking for.
if you want the card in this thread then look for K1/M1 Killer NIC network gaming PCI 32bit
https://www.ebay.com/itm/GENUINE-DEL...sid=m570.l1313
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Do these cards give any benefit to general performance in wb 3.9?

I've never had a PPC card, so I don't know the pros and cons.
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Old 15 August 2018, 15:21   #17
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You can offload decoding of datatypes to the PPC, and a few other things here and there, but most of the benefit comes when you use programs dedicatedly written for WarpOS. For example video playback etc.
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Old 15 August 2018, 15:41   #18
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so its confirmed that the k1 cards do in fact work?
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Old 15 August 2018, 16:33   #19
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I would recommend reading the sonnet thread to get a good understanding of quite what works and what doesn’t, and to what extent. Plus a read of the wiki would be worthwhile

https://github.com/Sakura-IT/SonnetAmiga/wiki
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Although I long ago gave up the Sonnet route I'm still following just of of interest. Some naive and probably stupid idea, but since for these PCI-E cards we need a (PCI) adapter anyway, would it make sense to work on an Amiga CPU slot to PCI-E adapter instead of putting it in a PCI slot?

Mmm, would that even work without a 68k CPU, which you would then need on the mainboard.

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