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Hardware : AmigaOne X5000

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Introduction

After the success of the AmigaONE X1000 it quickly came apparent that using PA6T CPU was not a going to be a long term solution after Apple made it a end of life CPU. So unfortunately demand out striped supply and the CPU prices started to go up and so it was never possible to decrease cost of the nemo board, a new solution was needed to really support the Amiga platform going forward so a £1.2 Million contract was signed to ensure this and a new motherboard would be needed. Project Cyrus began, the goal was simple to replace the X1000 with the goal of making it more affordable if possible and future proof the motherboard and have long term support in place, part of the contract with the makers of the system Varisys is that the board is to have at least 10 year support and this time the CPU in PPC terms to be used was to be the very latest CPU core and the motherboard was designed from the outset to be able to use three different CPU chips this not only gives A-EON options for the future but also protects them selves with falling into the same trap.

The X1000 project was a very good learning process with how to handle the community and how to build a successful system. Taking this knowledge forward A-Eon and Amigakit overcome some of the issue they experience with their first system. Again like the Nemo Project a beta team was selected this time of just 50 users to test for bugs and allow development of AmigaOS4 on this system to begain. In March production of the beta boards began and shipped in 4Q of 2014.

Three New Amigas? X3500 - X5000/20 - X5000/40
As discussed the Motherboard Cypus was designed to support three different CPU chips and so three models where originally planed for next AmigaONE.

X3500 was to be be the cheapest and was to be equipped with a P3041 CPU an e500mc quad-core CPU running up to 1.5 Ghz, during the development it was decided to canceled this model in favour for making an even cheaper AmgaONE solution which became the AmigaONE A1222.

X5000/20 is the main board available and was also the beta test board that AmigaOS4 was developed on first. The CPU is a P5020, an e5500 dual-core running up to 2.0 Ghz and was finally released in October 2016, full price of pre-build system is at £1,799.99, unlike the X1000, it was possible to buy the motherboard on its own priced at £1,399.99 to allow Amiga users to build there own system to try and bring down cost for users to own a next gen Amiga.

X5000/40 is the daddy of all next gen Amiga to date, the CPU will be P5040 quad-core CPU at 2.4Ghz, a limited supply of beta board where made in late 2017 and AmigaOS4.1 beta is running on the system, but it is not known when or if this system will be widely commercially available. Estimated price for a full system will be £2,000+ (this board could be the bases of X5000 Plus)

AmigaOne X5000

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS

AmigaONE X5000 Specs:

CPU: P5020 Dual Core 2.0Ghz
Custom: Xmos (Xean) Dual Core 500 MHz Xmos XCore XS1-L2 128 SDS
GFX: ATI Radeon HD later RX Series
Ram: DDR3 1600Mhz
Six USB 2.0 ports
Two internal USB 2.0 ports
1xPCI-e 16lane, 2xPCI-e 4lane, 2xPC-e 1lane, 2xPCI
Gigabyte Ethernet
4GB Micro Uboot SD card

x5000encouters

At Amiwest 2016 it was announced that finally per-orders would now be taken for the X5000. This first production run would be named “Close Encounters“ systems, a similar theme to A-eon X1000 first system "First Contact". The system includes the Cysus motherboard, a the black boing ball case, this time based on Fractal Design 3300 case, with 2Gb of Ram, a Radeon HD 4650 1Gb graphics card, sound card and a DVD-RW drive priced at launch £1699, it has since gone up to £1,799. However at this new pirce it also now comes with Enhancer software 1.5, an A-Eon software product that adds a number of useful updates and tools to OS4, most importantly updates graphics supports for Radeon HD and beyond graphics cards. A ethernet card is also currently shipped with system.

X5000 Plus!

At Amiwest 2019 it was announced that a new revised AmigaONE X5000 system would be launched with the tag line Plus added to the system. The Plus version would feature a new PCIe sound card, Polaris Graphic card (likely Amd Radeon RX 5x0 card), new WiFi card, Enhancer 2.0 software suit and new custom upgrade options (likely SSD instead of Hard Drive), plus also its could possibly ship with 4 OS setups. AmigaOS4.1, MorphOS, Linux+AmigaSys35 and Linux system all pre-setup to use. This system could also feature the X5000/40 board and be clocked at 2.4Ghz. Price and release date of this version is currently unknown.

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MEDIA

Amiwest 2013 = A-eon Speech on Cyrus
Cyrus Production = Look at what it takes to build the next Amiga.

FUTHER READING

A-Eon = X1000 & X5000 Official Home page
Hyperion = OS4 Developers Home Page
Forum = Support forum for OS4 hardware