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Below are some videos from my tests of Vampire 2

System configuration is A600 rev 1.5 + Vampire v2 with “stock” Silver core.
OS is ClassicWB P96 edition without any optimizations, AHI set to Fast Paula 8 bit stereo at 22kHz.


DOOM tested on Vampire 2 and A1200 with MC68030/42MHz

ScummVM ECS and Day of the Tentacle

Karateka (meynaf’s ST port)

MP3 playback in full-quality


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First of all: my Vampire 2 has finally arrived :)

The package was sufficient to keep my boards intact during the trip from Canada. One board is the Vampire 2 and the other is 1MB Chip RAM expansion with RTC, ordered from Kipper2k :

And this is my cleaned and recapped Amiga 600 ready to take the Vamp inside:


Vampire 2 description

So… the Vampire 2 is an accelerator card for Amiga 600 with extremely fast CPU and 128MB of RAM.
But it has got no Motora MC68k CPU on board, instead it uses a FPGA chip, which you can call a flexible chip. It can be programmed (multiple times) to perform functions of your choice, for example to act as MC68040 CPU + graphics card + sound card :)
Only CPU + RAM functionality is enabled so far but FPU and GFX card functions will be added in the near future. Additionally sound card, SAGA (AGA emulation with high-res modes through HDMI output) and SD card storage controller will join at later time.
Your can read full specs here and some videos on Kipper’s YouTube channel

Vampire 2 has been created by:


Installation and first impressions

I’m strongly recommending using Kipper’s mounting kit. It’s pretty easy to install and it gives a good grip to the card. It requires you to remove your A600 mainboard from the case and shielding but you do this one time only – removing/installing V2 next time will be as easy as taking care of 2 screws mounted on the top. Look at the photos below:
Take notice that top and bottom screws are different – bottom ones are smaller!

First benchmarks on the first boot – 100MB/s Fast RAM transfer speed:

CPU has been recognized as MC68LC040 (so no FPU)
SysSpeed CPU: 103 MIPS
SysInfo CPU: 86 MIPS


My observations about Vampire 2:

  • low power requirements (working fine on 3A power supply)
  • very low heat generation (a bit warm but not hot, comparable to A600’s MC68000)
  • Kipper’s mounting kit is simple but it’s doing the job
  • V2 card is blocking angled 2,5” IDE to CF adapters (for now I’m using 3,5” CF adapter + IDE cable + 2,5” to 3,5” converter)
  • no Kickstart ROM chip required to boot Amiga (V2 has it’s own built-in 3.1 Kickstart – this is why Majsta and Kipper want you to send your ROM image as a proof of ownership and licensing)
  • I have to do clean OS install because my ClassicWB installation from A1200 has some troubles with A600 + V2 (not compatible with FBlit, FText and some icon libs/hacks)


Good job Majsta, BigGun and Kipper2k – thank you for making it a reality :)


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My nickname is Davka. Sometimes – but very, very rarely – I do something interesting, so I thought writing about it may be useful for someone else, to spread the knowledge. A blog should be fine for this task.
My interests are:

  • Amiga – I love these machines since 90s; I’m collecting, fixing, programming and staring at them :)
  • Retro computing – I’m collecting 8, 16 and 32 bit computers starting with ZX Spectrum, loading a game from a tape and playing it with classic joystick gives me a pleasure :)
  • Retro gaming – I like pixelated graphics, chip tunes and cartidges so under my TV you’ll find Super Nintendo and Atari 2600
  • SQL – database administering is what I do for living so it’s possible I will post some SQL related articles
  • Coding – I’ve started in 1990 with BASIC on C64, went through AMOS, Pascal, Delphi, Java, PHP and stopped at C#; for fun or to fulfil my needs, not professionally
  • Science – reading about how physics works, about new discoveries, about human mind etc. is what excites me, so I may comment some things here
  • Space – cosmos is my home; we live on Earth, Earth is a part of the cosmos
  • Sci-Fi – science + space + dreams = I like Sci-Fi; Star Trek’s force is strong in me :)

I hope you will find my future posts interesting :)


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