Yup, the Amiga 500 was just a cost-reduced version of the Amiga 1000. It used the same CPU and chipset, and the actual performan […]
PCs did actually double (or more) in speed every 18 months back then. The first Amiga (the 1000) was released in 1985. The 500 in 1987. Wolfenstein 3D came out in 1992.
and freshly introduced 1992 Amiga 600 had same Amiga 1000 "speed"
Yup, the Amiga 500 was just a cost-reduced version of the Amiga 1000. It used the same CPU and chipset, and the actual performance was exactly the same.
The Amiga 600 in turn was again a cost-reduced Amiga 500. Again the CPU, chipset and performance were the same, so it's all '1985 performance and features'.
Only the Amiga 1200, 3000 and 4000 were different.
The Amiga 3000 used the same chipset as the 500/1000/2000, but a faster CPU.
The Amiga 1200 and 4000 had faster CPUs, and an updated AGA chipset.
Cost reduced in this case, did not mean less features. The 1000 came with 256k of Ram in stock configuration, and loaded the kickstart from a floppy disk. The 500 came in a different case design, came with 512k of Ram in stock configuration and had a newer kickstart in a Rom chip. All in all, the 500 were a better machine at a lower price. I tend to think of the 500 as a cost reduced version of the 2000.
The only two factor talking against the 600, were the lack of numeric keyboard, and the lack of Zorro slot. And yes. By 1992 it was too slow, yet the intend from Commodore, were actually a combined gaming console and the option of running software that you already had bought and wanted brand new hardware for. During the hyping of the 600 and launch presentation. Commodore explained the PCMCIA port as a future proofed upgrade port, combined with a modern kind of cartridge slot. They wanted game makers to release games on a PCMCIA card. Hence getting rid of floppy drive speed. And then there were the internal IDE controller. If you were out to get a writing tool and a machine for casual gaming, then the 600 were not a bad choice. Except for the price tag. That was way too high for what the hardware were in 1992.
Today, the 600 is actually a great little machine if you want to have an accelerator and VGA output. Just remove the TV-Modulator, install an Indevidual a604n, an IndivisionECS and then a VampireV2 accelerator. That will give you one heck of a power punch, in the smallest classic Amiga. You will have 128 megabyte of memory, HDMI output and a CPU that are in the class of an 060 or 080. And with the VampireV4 that will come out, you can even get the darn thing to run CD32 and Amiga1200 games. Yes, the V2 have an AGA core already, yet the V4 will deliver so much more.
For me, then I have no interest in a Vampire so far. I have gotten a 9,5mb FastMem upgrade instead. Else I have the Scandoubler and 1mb a604n ChipMem in my little machine. I have upgraded the operating system to 3.1.4 as well. My Amiga600 And then I have my heavy upgraded Amiga500 - Turbo Edition.
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