After some further bashing the Archie on EAB (let's say : business as usual on this board, for everything that is not a cult to the Amiga) and disguised insults (of course withrawn after I over reacted a bit, you know I am French so I am not a sissy, by construction) and as I believe you do not see the Amiga community as very friendly towards the Atari ST, which, to me, represents a fantastic opportunity to get a 68000 based machine to work, PRODUCE, and play with, at an ULTRA COMPETITIVE price, I thought you could read in this text what I believe is the Acorn Archimedes, which to me was the logical choice for Atari users if they wanted to buy another computer (as this was wrtitten in one of the magazines dedicated to the Atari ST, here in France).
This was before the arrival of the Falcon, which to me is a really great computer, and was the logical next purchase for previous Atari owners.
I'd love to own one, it is a pity more were not sold, really.
You can find this text in my latest video on my YT channel, about the doability of Shadow Of The Beast on the Acorn Archimedes. (after a moderator on eab said with sarcasms that he wouldn't see that during his lifetime, implying the Archie is a piece of junk. As so many Amiga owners do for everything which is not Amiga).
I thought enough was enough.
BTW I will sue eab in 2018 over advocating piracy, as I will have a company developping games, as this is something I really didn't like, when the moderators do not condemn piracy and express the idea it didn't reduce the number of originals sold, and thus that made no harm to games makers.
Fortunately EAB is registered in France, and under French law, you just cannot defend ideas against what has been commonly admitted, conclusions coming from courts decisions, after trials, and so on.
So yes, EAB is doomed, and that is a good thing for all software companies to see people arrogantly boasting piracy, stopped and fined.
Xavier Louis Tardy. (Yes, I am serious and I mean business).
To people who do not understand French : for the Arc Angels Powerdemo I explain on a normal Archimedes, with a good playroutine, there is 0.9 MIPS unused per frame. And more probably 1 or 1.1 MIPS.
Memory controller was upgraded from MEMC to MEMC1A some time in late 88 or beginning 89, giving a 10% power boost to the Archies.
Understand this demo is made to run at 50 fps even on the Archies with the 'slow' MEMC, read the scrolltext.
Add to that fact the following : the AltMan / Fabrice Mercier MOD playroutine used in the PowerDemo was extremely slow, with a CPU usage from 18 to 25 %.
Better QTM playroutine takes from 10 to 15 %. (I will check again, I believe it is even better than that). Do the maths : on a normal Archie (everybody upgraded their A300 or A400 series Archies with the MEMC1A and from the A3000 onwards MEMC1A was standard) then you have 20% of the CPU power (4.6 MIPS) UNUSED per frame, that is 0.9 MIPS, when running the PowerDemo.
That's facts, you can not deny them.
Near 1 MIPS is more than enough to get all additional bits from the Amiga SOTB missing in the Archie PowerDemo. And there is also available what is already unused CPU power in this PowerDemo, of course I do not know how much that is. So yes you have at least 1 MIPS free.
And the hardware sprite is not even used.
So yes this DamienDickhead is just an asshole, and I piss on his face each and every day God makes. As he is a moderator at eab, ok, let's play : I'll have EAB shut down for advocating piracy.
Expect that for 2018. These people will remember my name and who I am, this way.
VERY IMPORTANT : screen resolution of SOTB on the Amiga is 288x192 (correct me if I am wrong) when on the Archie that is 320x256 for both demos.
That makes 48% more pixels on screen displayed by the Archie, proving how lame the hardware of the Amiga is.
Facts are there have never been any advanced copros in the Amiga : it is a very weak and crippled system. The day it came out, it was quite nice but 2 years later outdated by the superior technology found in the Acorn Archimedes range of computers, or better : workstations.
Note also a megadrive or a PC Engine just smash the so-called 'advanced technology' by Commodore engineers : a bunch of not so good designers, technology wise.
For a machine supposedly thought with gaming in mind, there is not even hardware tiles blitting implemented, that is laughable.
No 256 colour modes, when even the C65 had this feature, or even the MSX2.
Amiga freaks are in a cult, probably because they were amazed as kids, but as adults now, they should reconsider.
The Amiga is great only for demos, where tricks and everything precalculated allow to make you believe the system is capable. Clearly it is not and very limited. I can take all Amiga demos and tell you how it is done, and why you can not get what you see in a game.
The funniest are the 3d demos : basically they all use a reader of precalculated and packed 2d infos and use a damn stupid 2d horizontal segment filling routine. Code is as follows : unzip data little by little, use colour, x start position, length infos already computed for each horizontal segment, and draw all horizontal segments per frame, and this for each frame.
That has nothing to do with the Archie doing everything in realtime : all the 3D computations, the sorting, the 2D segment fillings, and so on ... a really huge work only a powerful computer can do, and not a sluggish machine like the Amoeba.
When the Amiga does it painfully, ultra slowly in 8 or 16 colours, the Archie will do it 3 times faster, and in 256 colours. The Archimedes is TRUE power, the Amoeba is a lame, slow system, with poor hardware accelerated features, crippled with limitations.
Just ask yourself why the horizontal resolution of SOTB is only 288, and vertical only 192.
It is detailed on the Net. It is because all hardware accelerations on the Amiga have HUGE limitations, Amiga freaks never brag about, of course.
Poor people, I pity you.
Back to the Archie.
Now we have an end of a scanline software interrupt precise enough, we can change all the DMAs and in fact all registers in the chips (video and memory controller) which means an ENORMOUS saving of CPU usage, and near 80% of what you can do on the Amiga with its ridiculous and weak custom chips are doable on the Archie, for near 0% CPU usage, when it had to be coded 100% software until now. Hey, Touko from Gamopat, do you read this ? Still want to laugh at the IOC 2 Mhz timer ? Yes, only with a 2 Mhz timer, and thanks to the ARM chip and the MEMC (Memory controller) it is possible to write so quickly new values in all registers of the VIDC and the MEMC1A at the end of the scanline, before the next scanline is displayed. Isn't that a shock ? Do you remember how you laughed at me and the Archie with its 2 Mhz timer ? You moron from the Alps.This alone fucks your Amiga custom chipset, which must have cost a fortune to develop. How laughable it is.
Imagine an Amiga with its custom chips and a 3.5 to 4 MIPS CPU ? There you have it : it is an Archie, base model, running at 8 Mhz, with its 4.6 MIPS ARM2 cpu, and this software Raster Manager (RasterMan).
DamienDébile, GalagagabollocksAndThief and other freaks I burst out laughing when you bash the fabulous Acorn 32 bit machines. You just have no idea whatsoever of what an Archie can really do now there are some never used before features unleashed, and thus, evidently never used demonstrated so far.
To me the Amiga is worth next to nothing, without an accelerator card, where yes, at last that is a funny little machine.
And then, anyway, we got the ARM3 upgrades (25 to 36 Mhz) (yet again by brilliant British Acorn chip designers), so great and powerful that they are all overclockable from 20 to 50% simply with a faster oscillator and a passive heat dissipator, for our Archies.
Something Amiga owners can just dream of.
Again Acorn demonstrated they were the technological leaders, and the owners of Acorn machines could take the piss out of the Amiga crap produced by Commodore.
And do not forget Acorn also created their own Floating Point Accelerator chip (FPA10) : yes they were the engineers with an ultra high IQ, nothing to do with the amateurs from Commodore.
Never ever the Amiga series could compete with the Acorn Archimedes range of computers and then later on the Acorn RISC Pcs.
Even better Acorn had the RISC PC 2 ready, that was the Phoebe, with staggering characteristics, and sadly they decided to stop manufacturing computers and focus on other businesses (yes, read that : Acorn never got bankrupt like Commodore who screw their suppliers).
It is no surprise the ARM chip, created for the Archimedes, is found just everywhere now : brilliant design and awesome power from a clever design of 4 chips (CPU, memory controller, input output controller, and video + sound controller) from scratch.
When there is no technological legacy of the Amiga, the legacy of the Acorn Archimedes is just OUTSTANDING.
History will remember the Acorn Archimedes as a truely innovative technological leap ; and the Amiga as a toy computer with a decorative keyboard, slow, with an ersatz of custom chips to try to compensate the horrendous and sluggish MC68000.
That is life.
Live with the facts.
The winner took it all.
The Acorn Archimedes took it all.
If you want to deny the truth : look at my avatar : Sophie Wilson has a message for you.