Announced in the second half of last year, the Titanium board ships with with the option of having RISC OS 5.23 pre-programmed into it. The board itself is available at £498 (£415 excluding VAT), although prices are reduced for bulk orders. The immediate thought with a lot of you will be the price, it’s a tad expensive. Although if you look at the technical specifications, it’s quite clear as to why.
The 2016 edition of the RISC OS South West Show saw the two main players in the RISC OS hardware game butt heads with their brand spanking new Titanium-based computers making appearances at the event – undoubtedly sending RISC OS geeks everywhere into euphoric states that haven’t been triggered since RISC OS Ltd announced they would be releasing monthly updates to RISC OS Select.
R-Comp Interactive were taking orders for an Early Access version of the TiMachine at the event. The computer incorporates innovative features such as dual 1920×1200 DVI graphics outputs, and PCI-express expansion, plus four SATA ports for drive connectivity, and two legacy serial ports.
The system also includes R-Comp’s interesting Computer Recovery System – initially introduced with the ARMX6 and any TiMachine owner also gets a membership to R-Comp Titanium Support scheme thrown in too. Groovy.
CJE Micro’s Titanium-based offering is the RapidO Ti, which is similar to its IGEPv5 brother the RapidO Ig, but boasts the new board.
Both machines were available to play with at the South West show and although I wasn’t present at the show – I’ve been told the performance and stability of the machines were surprising considering that the Titanium motherboard itself only began shipping a few months ago. R-Comp’s TiMachine is not quite considered 100% stable at the moment according to the company’s frontman Andrew Rawnsley – with the machine currently suffering from a few software compatibility niggles.
Both R-Comp and CJE Micro’s have been very busy chaps recently – with the ARMX6 and RapidO machines still very new to the market. It’s pretty amazing to think that just months after the release of new high-end RISC OS machines – they are already being surpassed with new machines based on newer hardware.
Whether the new machines are technically superior to the ARMX6 and RapidO Ig is another question, but if you look at how stale the RISC OS hardware market became following the release of the Iyonix PC in 2002 – it’s wonderful to see that there is clearly a growing market for RISC OS computers even in an age where building your own machine from a naked board is pretty inexpensive and easy to do.