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Did anybody here buy the Mac IIfx?

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    Did anybody here buy the Mac IIfx?

    I'm looking at some Mac II as I see the IIfx. WOW. The specs on that were like way ahead of other computers of that time. It also comes with a nice price tag of a minimum of $9,000. That is a lot of money back in 1990, I don't want to know how much it would be RRP in today's money. But did anybody here actually buy one of these back in the day?

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    Using the US BLS CPI calculator, looks like it's around $15,500 in today's dollars. Even then it was a very expensive computer. IMO, anyone willing to spend that kind of money on a computer would have been crazy not to consider an Amiga 3000, pocket about half the money and would have gotten better performance to boot! Sadly that was probably not the case though.

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      #3
      Originally posted by geoffm3 View Post
      Using the US BLS CPI calculator, looks like it's around $15,500 in today's dollars. Even then it was a very expensive computer. IMO, anyone willing to spend that kind of money on a computer would have been crazy not to consider an Amiga 3000, pocket about half the money and would have gotten better performance to boot! Sadly that was probably not the case though.
      Situation normal for all macs. All apple products for that matter...
      It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.

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        #4
        Originally posted by geoffm3 View Post
        Using the US BLS CPI calculator, looks like it's around $15,500 in today's dollars. Even then it was a very expensive computer. IMO, anyone willing to spend that kind of money on a computer would have been crazy not to consider an Amiga 3000, pocket about half the money and would have gotten better performance to boot! Sadly that was probably not the case though.
        The Amiga line never had the quality of software the Mac II line did, nor the ability to have multiple monitors at higher then NTSC resolution at that time, plus a much lower RAM ceiling.
        What I collect: 68K/Early PPC Mac, DOS/Win 3.1 era machines, Amiga/ST, C64/128
        Nubus/ISA/VLB/MCA/EISA cards of all types
        Boxed apps and games for the above systems
        Analog video capture cards/software and complete systems

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          #5
          Well, it was either Maguro Sushi or Dead Fish. Even if they were the same, the marketing made the difference. :P

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            #6
            Originally posted by Unknown_K View Post
            The Amiga line never had the quality of software the Mac II line did, nor the ability to have multiple monitors at higher then NTSC resolution at that time, plus a much lower RAM ceiling.
            Software yes, multiple monitors yes, higher than NTSC resolutions? Absolutely could do that with some add on 24-bit video cards, which were plentiful at the time this thing was out. GUI was MUCH faster though. Even with an accelerator card and a video card, it would have been significantly cheaper.

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              #7
              Should mention too that the Amiga 3000 was a "32-bit clean" design, with real 32-bit expansion capability as well.

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                #8
                Originally posted by geoffm3 View Post
                Software yes, multiple monitors yes, higher than NTSC resolutions? Absolutely could do that with some add on 24-bit video cards, which were plentiful at the time this thing was out. GUI was MUCH faster though. Even with an accelerator card and a video card, it would have been significantly cheaper.
                The IIfx came out in 1990 and was discontinued in 1992. Most Amiga cards came out way after this date and none were very cheap.
                Nobody buys a $10K computer for the GUI it is for the software they need for work.

                P.S. I own IIfx and Amiga 3000 computers
                What I collect: 68K/Early PPC Mac, DOS/Win 3.1 era machines, Amiga/ST, C64/128
                Nubus/ISA/VLB/MCA/EISA cards of all types
                Boxed apps and games for the above systems
                Analog video capture cards/software and complete systems

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                  Originally posted by geoffm3 View Post
                  Should mention too that the Amiga 3000 was a "32-bit clean" design, with real 32-bit expansion capability as well.
                  And that meant exactly what to a user in 1990?
                  What I collect: 68K/Early PPC Mac, DOS/Win 3.1 era machines, Amiga/ST, C64/128
                  Nubus/ISA/VLB/MCA/EISA cards of all types
                  Boxed apps and games for the above systems
                  Analog video capture cards/software and complete systems

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Unknown_K View Post
                    And that meant exactly what to a user in 1990?
                    32-bit local memory, 32-bit local bus slots instead of Nubus it was a fast design. Not saying the IIfx isn't a capable computer, I just think that the 3000 was a better deal hardware wise. Software is of course the Amiga's weak point.

                    Granted you are correct... 1990 predates most of the CPU accelerators available for the Amiga by a year or two...

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                      #11
                      You could always transplant a 32-bit clean ROM into a IIfx if you were really worried about 32-bit.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by olePigeon View Post
                        You could always transplant a 32-bit clean ROM into a IIfx if you were really worried about 32-bit.
                        its not the FX but a CI, but I think the process remains the same: http://68kmla.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=16544
                        It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.

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                          #13
                          The IIfx was almost purely bought by institutions, government and the scientific field. The average joe had no reason to own a IIfx if they were going to run ClarisWorks and Photoshop if they were prosumer. They would more opt out for a IIx.
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                            #14
                            i planned to buy the IIfx for the office late 1990, but waited for the Quadra 700 with integrated FPU
                            The Quadra 700 was also expensive, paid a 10K , and a lot more for displays, software, DMP houston plotter, backup system.

                            but the Quadra was worth it, and powerful, able to run 3D CAD (ArchiCad 3.4) and expandable

                            my setup in 1991



                            Quadra 700 HD 120MB Ram 20MB, Two-Page B&W monitor, hi-res RGB monitor,
                            as backup a 650MB RAM disk in a Maxtor case
                            my apple computers - list (pdf)

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                              #15
                              if you have not been, its a good idea to check ebay and craigslist every now and then. you never know when a good deal can pop up!
                              I'm not a Windows hater!! My profile/avatar picture is just for laughs(this post was posted on a Windows PC).
                              iMac G3 Bondi Blue, iMac G3 Graphite, Macintosh Plus, iBook G3, and some random PCs. Looking for a "pizza box" mac (especially a performa 410 or LC) and a iic with floppies. Looking for prices under $80.

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