Need help choosing a controller/breakout board
Vladcronos wrote: I still dont understand why a simple breakout sells for so much money,
considering that they are working with 1500% profit margins.
I think you might be massively underestimating the amount of hardware on the 7i76.
Just the terminal blocks comes to tens of dollars, and there is an FPGA on there to do the clever stuff.
It's far more than just a break-out-board.
How much does an Nvidia RTX3090 cost?
Takes about a handful of that cheap sand to make the very expensive 3090, but the machines and technology to get there costs more than the GDP of some small countries!
Vladcronos wrote: Yeah, I am leaning towards that board mainly because it seems the most popular choice, despite it is being so overpriced. As you said, time is also important. I am at the point of just getting that. And yeah, I actually mentioned in my message that I first went through that page and it doesnt list any hardware for home use, if you read that page you will see what I mean, most of stuff is $600+ on that list. I still dont understand why a simple breakout sells for so much money, I will call mesa and probably ask them about this. called them today and they said their technical support guy only comes to work at 2PM PST, which is 5PM EST, pretty ridiculous if you ask me, especially considering that they are working with 1500% profit margins. Wanted to avoid them as much as I can, but oh well...
You are not doing yourself any favours slagging off a company without you understanding the differences in the products that you mention.
They are certainly NOT just simple breakout boards. I would stand back and think about what you are saying.
I don't know how much a mach4 license goes for these days but I'm sure for that money you can get a nice used HP or other quality PC with a parallel port and one of those 10$ BOBs, that really are only simple breakout boards, and start out with that.