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Vampire 600 V2 Cards In the Productionpage  1 2 3 

Roy Gillotti

Posts 103
01 Jan 2018 07:00


Mallagan Bellator wrote:

  The speed limit is probably not in the hardware, but rather in the drivers
 

  But does it not still require using Gayle for the ATA IDE interface?, I'd think there still would be some limitations seeing how it's going through old silicon. Not saying it's not faster than stock, but not as fast as it being done on a modern FPGA.


Simo Koivukoski
(Apollo Team Member)
Posts 279
01 Jan 2018 09:05


V500 FastIDE is about twice fast as A600 FastIDE.


Mallagan Bellator

Posts 257
01 Jan 2018 09:08


Sure, there are limits, it canít do 500 MB/s, but probably higher than stock. CPU matters, as far as Iíve understood. Not sure if itís the Gayle chip on the A600, donít know much about that motherboard


Mallagan Bellator

Posts 257
01 Jan 2018 09:09


Simo Koivukoski wrote:

V500 FastIDE is about twice fast as A600 FastIDE.

Oh sure, but he was talking about the Gayle chip and its limits


Simo Koivukoski
(Apollo Team Member)
Posts 279
01 Jan 2018 09:19


About ~ 3.5MB/s - 5.5MB/s depending on the Gayle. Each Gayle is unique. Used CF card also affects on the same way.


Mallagan Bellator

Posts 257
01 Jan 2018 09:37


Wow... thatís some interesting stuff right there. Makes me wonder why they designed it this way. Lol I gotta test mine out now just because!


Roy Gillotti

Posts 103
01 Jan 2018 15:55


Mallagan Bellator wrote:

Wow... thatís some interesting stuff right there. Makes me wonder why they designed it this way. Lol I gotta test mine out now just because!

Not that it was really designed for Gayle to have different speeds, there are shifts that happen when chips are fabricated that can affect speed and or power consumption which can vary the overall performance per chip. The Gayle chips likely operated within specs specified for their original use case in a stock a600/a1200.


Mallagan Bellator

Posts 257
02 Jan 2018 01:43


@Roy youíre right, I remember now. I had forgot about that


Mike Glover

Posts 5
17 Jan 2018 17:23


Any update on this please on whats happening?
Have contacted Apollo about week ago but still waiting for a reply.


Gunnar von Boehn
(Apollo Team Member)
Posts 3163
17 Jan 2018 17:28


Mike Glover wrote:

Any update on this please on whats happening?
  Have contacted Apollo about week ago but still waiting for a reply.

Producing some hundred mainboards and sourcing all parts takes more time then making a bowl of popcorn.
Its normal that this takes some time.


Mike Glover

Posts 5
17 Jan 2018 17:37


Ok thats Gunnar for quick reply. Just wanted to know because original post said 'very soon' and i know that can be interpreted in many ways. Any rough time frame?


Gunnar von Boehn
(Apollo Team Member)
Posts 3163
17 Jan 2018 18:54


Mike Glover wrote:

Any rough time frame?

If you order some hundred PCBs and all the parts to solder them
then the normal time to arrive at your place can be 3-4 weeks.

So if Igor says the production is restarted now and a new batch will be produced now, then its absolute normal that from him ordering the parts to him having the soldered cards 2 month can pass.


Mike Glover

Posts 5
17 Jan 2018 20:26


Thanks Gunnar :)


Mikester RX7

Posts 8
20 Jan 2018 21:43


I expressed interest very early on and was on the list for the V600 V2.  I did receive an email from Kipper many months ago confirming my order.  I replied and waited for payment instructions but never received them.  I sent more emails and eventually connected with Kipper on IRC who said he would send me payment instructions.  I still never received an email.

I hope I am still on the list for the V600 V2.  How can I check, and will I have an opportunity to purchase from this batch?


Simo Koivukoski
(Apollo Team Member)
Posts 279
20 Jan 2018 22:08


Come to IRC and ping Tuko.


Mallagan Bellator

Posts 257
21 Jan 2018 01:27


Gunnar von Boehn wrote:

 
  Producing some hundred mainboards and sourcing all parts takes more time then making a bowl of popcorn.

Lol I donít know, man. Popcorn can take its sweet time xD


Mr Niding

Posts 225
21 Jan 2018 07:35


@Mikester RX7

I just want to add; Kipper stopped producing the Vampire card, and since then the rest of the team has adjusted their logisitics to factory production.
Basically it moved from handmade cards to factory, but it took some time to do this move as you can imagine. As a result a bunch of people that initially were in contact with Kipper has fallen between the cracks. I just want to reitiate that Im not knocking Kipper, since the massive amount of work he did while he was part of the team.
Manual labour at this level and quantity was just too much for one man to deal with, and he eventually threw in the towel.

So you should join IRC as ShK said, and message Tuko. Hes superfriendly, helpful AND pulls off a mean karaoke! :)


Mikester RX7

Posts 8
22 Jan 2018 03:39


Thanks guys.  I did hear about what happened with Kipper, and do not fault him.  It seems he was overwhelmed.

I did hop on IRC and ping Tuko.  Fingers crossed.


Mallagan Bellator

Posts 257
22 Jan 2018 09:32


As far as I understand, wasnít kipper the one who came up with the plastic spacers on the A600 version? That, and taking such a big part in the production (or at least what it seems to me that he did), and in a project that he didnít even start to begin with? As far as I know at least, Majsta did them all by himself at first. Right?

I mean, itís the vampire! Who wouldnít wanna be part of it?! Man, if I could work on this, I would! In a heartbeat. But I think as far as I know, kipper deserves a really big thank you for the work he put down in this. I donít think that anybody who can see this, would blame him for anything.

It IS unfortunate for those it affected, and still affects, but Iím sure the team has or will solve this. I have full faith in the team. Not sure if Tuko is gonna be the guy who picks up where kipper left off or what, but it seems to me that the team are already on top of the situation and have been for a while now


Igor Majstorovic
(Apollo Team Member)
Posts 219
22 Jan 2018 16:00


Plastic spacers made with 3D printers are replaced now with something new. Much better result, soon I ll show how spacers looks like. I will talk more about the card and improvements/fixes made when I get my hands on first one but I think that everyone will be happy with the results.

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