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Old 05 July 2015, 11:02   #1
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Best and fastest accelerator card for the A1200?

I would like to speed up my A1200 as much as possible without sticking it into a tower. What is the fastest and best accelerator card I should look for?

As far as I've read a Blizzard 1260/50 would be the best option to go for?
Is the chip rev important?
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Old 05 July 2015, 12:32   #2
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If you're looking at overclocking then an Apollo 1260 is the fastest 'real' 68k card you can get.

But it's not all about MIPS and most people would go for a Blizzard over an Apollo.

You can run up to 80Mhz with a 1260 in a desktop case as long as you raise it slightly and fit a decent fan (and ditch the trapdoor).

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Old 05 July 2015, 13:45   #3
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Thanks @NovaCoder!
Do I need to check the 060 chip for anything specific, or are they all the same?
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Old 05 July 2015, 14:25   #4
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Jens would disagree about the Apollo being 'the best' seeing as he bought the rights to the Apollo brand so they could 'rest in peace', simply didn't want unstable boards in Amigas.
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Old 05 July 2015, 20:18   #5
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Jens would disagree about the Apollo being 'the best' seeing as he bought the rights to the Apollo brand so they could 'rest in peace', simply didn't want unstable boards in Amigas.
Of course he would disagree, he just wants to sell his products. Apollo´s are not the greatest, but the same can be said about his designs.

Anyway, I would go for the Blizzard 1260. It is extremely reliable and has a decent SCSI+RAM expansion option.
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I have to agree with the B1260.. It may not be the fastest, but it's a steady performer with few compatibility problems (if any?).
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Thanks for all the info!
Next step... Finding a Blizzard 1260 in good condition for a reasonably price ;-)
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I would like to speed up my A1200 as much as possible without sticking it into a tower. What is the fastest and best accelerator card I should look for?
I have BlizzardPPC without tower, in standard housing.
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Old 06 July 2015, 17:59   #9
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Thanks for all the info!
Next step... Finding a Blizzard 1260 in good condition for a reasonably price ;-)
If you are quick - there is an Apollo one on Ebay - don't know if the circa £255 is "reasonable".

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Apollo-126...item33a537bdbb

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P.S. I am not seller - and have nothing to do with it.. just happened to notice it.
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£255 is sort of reasonable in 2015 prices. But that's an auction with some hours to go, my bet is it will end up at near £500.
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Old 06 July 2015, 19:36   #11
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Thanks @Yoji!
I'm however set on a Blizzard 1260.
I'm watching this auction, I'm curious what the final bidding price will be in a few hours.
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Old 06 July 2015, 20:37   #12
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I'm sure posting it here will do good for upping the final price on the auction.
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Old 06 July 2015, 20:43   #13
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Looks like Jope was right, £310 and climbing like a 747 on take off.
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€506... for an Apollo? That's a lot of money I wouldn't spend on that card.
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Old 06 July 2015, 21:48   #15
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Well... Seems like 255 would have been quite reasonable after all.

A blizzard 1230iv went for 255 very recently, the prices for amiga gear are insane.
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£360...Bargain
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Old 06 July 2015, 23:02   #17
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I'm glad I kept my Blizzard 1230 IV from the first time around!
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Old 06 July 2015, 23:08   #18
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Prices are just mad at the moment . Use to be £150-£160 got a B1230 mk4 with fpu and some ram and probably the matching box. Now they go well over £200 normally. A1200s are also more expensive than a couple of years ago by some margin.
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Seems I guessed wrong.. Nevertheless with the current rates. even £300 is a lot of money to me. :-D
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Good thing I bought my Apollo as broken back when there were no repairers around - I did manage to get it at a super-price with no guys trying to outbid me just to repair and resell (stay away from my broken hardware! )

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€506... for an Apollo? That's a lot of money I wouldn't spend on that card.
And Blizzards go for even more!
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