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New Vampire V2 for the Amiga 600

After a very long wait of about 8 months I finally got my Vampire V2 for the Amiga 600. I wanted to test this beast immediately  and put it in one of my A600's. In the first A600 the board wouldn't stay solid on the processor of the A600 and because of that the Vampire only wanted to run when pressing it with my thumb on the CPU. I also detected a flaw in the A600 that I have to inspect later.

I decided to try it on a second A600 and there the board popped on the CPU and stayed rocksolid. I used the screws of V1 to keep it there. My first impression is that it does not feel as a great improvement from V1 of the Vampire. Figures tell me it is a lot faster though. And it has nice extras: microSD slot (which works but the driver is very buggy at the moment), HDMI port (works good but you have to manage the cable and connector in the cramped A600 case) and 128MB RAM.
A flaw of the board is also that it won't cold boot with a network adapter in the PCMCIA-port. I have to pull it out, boot, use CardPatch and reboot to get the adapter going. V1 of the board has this problem too.

But all in all: a very nice accelerator for the Amiga 600! More to come for the A500/A2000 and A1200. Thanks to the Vampire and Apollo team!

HDMI with VGA-adapter on my Dell monitor:

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