Intel coprocessor cards

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by th3rmite, Jan 15, 2003.

  1. th3rmite macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2003
    Is there anyone out there that still makes the coprocessor cards with an intel/amd chip on them? I just got a mac and I haven't used one in a couple of years. Is there maybe a way to put a Mac proc in a pc? I want one machine that can run both mac and windows without much emulation, thanks...

  2. WannabeSQ macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2002
    I doubt if OSX still supports those things, but there are really small form factor PCs, one fits into a 5.25" drive bay, and is a full featured PC. You could probably get an old SCSI CD case gut it out and put this in, and all you need is a keyboard mouse and video switch. Or, its not really emulation, but you can remotely control a PC with a Mac with VNC, or windows' own remote desktop connection. Its faster than emulation, but slower than directly using it.

    Also, you could simply get a shuttle XPC little computer to do anything from basic PC work, to a Home Theater box, or a Gaming box. New ones come with 1 AGP and 1 PCI slot.
  3. Chaszmyr macrumors 601


    Aug 9, 2002
    I think Orange Micro was the last company to make one, and they stopped a long while ago.
  4. Kethoticus macrumors 6502


    I think your best bet is to buy a PC.

    a) The cost of the cards that Orange Micro used to manufacture were usually around a grand; but

    b) As far as I know, no one's making them anymore. I looked around myself before I decided to get a PC--which I spent a grand on. It shares the monitor my Mac uses.

    PCs are cheap, and everyone's visciously competing with one another, so you should be able to get a respectable box for a respectable price. (Unless of course deskspace is the issue, in which case it sounds like VPC would be your only legitimate choice.)

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