> You can have a faster CPU by replacing the board with the CPU on, just like in a RiscPC
So you're saying you have to buy a new motherboard? Of course ATX only arrived in 96, so you'd be buying new MB, CPU, case, PSU, probably RAM. So in 2 years you've bought 2 computers.
> my Amstrad 286 had room for 4 internal HDDs!
And most didn't. And of course we go back to a RPC case being expanable, so the base system is smaller than 90% of PCs.
A 20ukp motherboard in 2000? Seems unlikely. So not only do you want people to replace their motherboards to upgrade their CPUs, you want them to buy the expensive motherboards just in case they don't have to?
This is a not just a limit on the size of drive you can put in, but a limit of how far into the disc the bootable area can be.
> > You can't advance as fast if you start so far ahead.
> Err, this clearly isn't actually true, no matter who you consider ahead.
Because the guy who invented the wheel's now so far ahead of the rest? Intel are so far ahead of AMD, Ford are ahead of some new car company?
> And all OSes make sure that their bootstrap code is early anyway, so this limit has no ill effects at all
Unless you start partitioning them to put multiple OSes on.
>16bit sound upgrade history
in 1992 a 16bit stereo soundblaster card was $150, then you had 3 years of configuring every game you had to use INT73, memory 34831, and reverse stereo. By 1994 I see them for sale for $149.
The original RPC upgrade was 70ukps, 2 years later 49. And 1 year after the RPC was released it was included as standard in the RPC700, as it should have been.
> Or you could just wire it up properly.
Go on then, how?
> > £1500 for a new PC or £300 for a StrongARM? tough choice.
> Although you'd only need to spend £400 to buy a new PC with the performance of the StrongARM, and get an upgrade for everything else at the same time