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General OpenPOWER Discussion / Re: News?
« on: July 01, 2021, 11:31:04 am »
So I did get a response from Raptor (thank you for the help with that), this is what they said:
Quote from: Raptor Support
... we have not been wanting to give a date only to have it pushed back again as the latest supply chain cut or manufacturing delay happens. That said, we have a *tentative* in-stock date of August 2021 at this point, without any known blockers that would delay it further.

So there's some good news at least, with it (hopefully) only being a few months away. I've waited this long, so I might as well wait a bit longer ;)

General OpenPOWER Discussion / Re: News?
« on: June 30, 2021, 07:02:55 pm »
You're welcome.

Yes, Blackbird has audio, SATA and HDMI. But the number of PCIe slots are equal.

Thank you :). And when I was referencing the slots, I meant that since the Blackbird has built-in audio and SATA, I wouldn't need cards for that, so I would have 1 spare PCIe slot instead of being 1 short. I probably should have been more clear about that. Not to mention the optional SAS/SATA addon has closed firmware according to the wiki, which while the disks themselves would all have closed firmware anyway, I'm trying to avoid as much as possible.

Here you will find a comparison of the different mainboards:

That's a handy little comparison chart. That kind of stuff is very helpful, not sure if that exact page is one I saw but the wiki was super helpful for me back when I placed my order. It's a shame though, if the T2 Lite had either of the Blackbird's integrated components, I could make some room and get that instead (if it wasn't backordered, that is).

General OpenPOWER Discussion / Re: News?
« on: June 30, 2021, 03:15:09 pm »
To be honest, I would change the order to a Talos-II lite. I don't think they will have the Blackbird back in stock quickly.
Price-wise, it hardly makes a difference. But you need a bigger case, of course, unfortunately.
I just double-checked the T2 lite specs and in addition to the case size, which is a bit annoying but probably workable with a case like you suggested, there were a couple of other Blackbird-specific features I wanted (mostly to reuse hardware I already have):
  • On-board audio output
  • SATA Ports
So assuming I also wanted to add a GPU, getting equivalent features would probably require 3 slots, but the T2 lite only has 2, so that is a bit of a problem.

If you can't reach anyone via support, I would try Twitter. If you don't have a Twitter account, you can give me your ticket number and I'll write to Raptor.
I don't have a Twitter account, but if you could have them look at ticket #337978 it would be much appreciated.

General OpenPOWER Discussion / Re: News?
« on: June 29, 2021, 09:12:36 pm »
Has anyone heard any news about when Blackbirds will be coming back in stock? I tried asking Raptor support and got not response. It's also been almost a year since I originally ordered, so I'm wondering if they will even come back at all at this point. I understand Covid probably doesn't help this situation, but I wish they kept us in the loop, even if the news isn't good ;)

As an aside, I know the T2 Lite exists, but I was going to use this for a workstation with somewhat limited space, so having a micro ATX board is helpful. It's too late for that now anyway, since T2 Lites are backordered too...

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