"Many" wonder or think if a card like the ZZ9000 designed and baked in 2019 will eventually bring concrete and practical advantages and usefulness to Amiga systems that date back more than 30 years. Actually I never thought until now to write what I took for granted before buying it. I discovered the ZZ9000 because I was pushed into research in order to satisfy a specific need before several others, in other words I needed a video output from my Amiga 4000 that was as good as those of modern PC video cards. Having the PC monitor next to that of my 4000 I had under my eyes the obvious difference in video quality between the PC and the Amiga, the analog video output of the CyberVisionPPC just couldn't compete, and this also because of the unhealthy internal connection with a flat cable without any shielding for transporting the video signal from the CyberVisionPPC to the SVGA port. Among other things, this connection was very unstable and often caused problems to the RGB components that often did not come well with the result that I had to move the SVGA plug by hand to return all the color signal, nothing serious or impossible for a hardware of 30 years ago but ... Another rather important and relevant aspect concerns precisely the resolution useful on video, today the standard allows a graphic work area composed of 1920 x 1080 pixels that are not bad at all for any kind of work. With my CyberVisionPPC I could get to 1280 x 1024 but then it ended there. So for these reasons I basically started looking for a solution to the problem and it was so that when I surfed the net I discovered the ZZ9000, a card that alone is able to catapult in the present Amiga Classic systems not only for the Video extension that per se it is PHENOMENAL but also due to the fact that having USB and Ethernet (Gigabit) ports makes it possible to extend the computer by consuming only one Zorro slot and providing vital hardware resources. The ZZ9000 video output essentially allows you to work with WorkBench in FullHD 1920 x 1080 per hour up to 16 bit color depth, with a video quality equal to those of any modern PC graphics card. An impeccable signal with which to be able to do everything from software development to the launch of DrawStudio Caligari 3D ImagFX ProveCtor WordWorth PageStream to name but a few, but what is more important is that staying in front of the monitor with an installed ZZ9000 gives the best possible video experience as far as concerns the productive environment, things do not change when we talk about a playful environment. Having also integrated a digital flickerfixer deinterlacer, the ZZ9000 takes the signal from the original Amiga chipset directly from the video slot, therefore maximum signal purity, samples it and shoots it directly on the HDMI port. This translated means that you can see the ECS OCS AGA graphic with the highest possible quality on a modern digital monitor. Personally, as far as the video aspect is concerned, I am not a "fundamentalist" of the cathode ray tube, I believe that what is good is that the technology has to be accepted and the LCD screen is good! Much better than any screen based on the cathode ray tube for various reasons, consumption, emissions, dimensions, etc. and video quality with unparalleled contrasts and colors for any tube. So to be able to see on the modern digital LCD software like Brilliance or ImagFX open in their natural environment then on AGA with two custom screens one for the control panel and the other for the graphic rendering in the background, perfectly deinterlaced and without any kind of disturbance is in my opinion a great thing! But yes, even the goblets and the demos are obviously spectacular also because of the fact that we don't expect to see the Amiga native fluency and liveliness of certain graphic scenes as well as ever up to now!
Ok I have described the practical aspect that the ZZ9000 offers immediately after having installed it, but this does not end here, on the contrary, a new digital environment begins. The ZZ9000 has two integrated ARM coprocessors, one deals with the operation of the card itself while the other sleeps ... Yes because the second coprocessor is available for the execution of ARM code that can be launched directly from Amiga. This means that it could for example be used to speed up a web browser or emulation environment or anything else. At present the Ethernet port is fully functional and soon the USB port will also be active. This means that after testing the USB functionalities I could decide to sell my X-Surf 100 with its RapidRoad USB module on board! And thus recover all the money invested for the ZZ9000 by counting what I have already recovered from the sale of the CyberVisionPPC! In the future, the prospects range from hardware acceleration to digital audio output via HDMI, also considering that it will soon be possible to access the Amiga side port on the micro SD card port.