Introducing the M6 ONYX Upgrade Kit
We have designed a powerful upgrade kit that replaces the entire processing core of the M6 console, adds a Windows IOT license and a dedicated ONYX license. This kit takes the M6 to the next level and we are glad that we can offer it to the market to keep the M6 a relevant and powerful console in the ONYX platform for a very long time.
This upgrade was necessary for several reasons; The M6 was only licensed for Windows 7 Embedded, but ONYX no longer supports the Windows 7 OS. The original video card of the M6 is a business class graphics card suitable to drive multiple displays, but it does not have anywhere near enough processing power for the 3D calculations that ONYX now requires with DyLOS integration. This means there is no way for DyLOS to function on it and it has to be replaced with a modern graphics card.
However a new graphics card also means replacing the motherboard (and CPU/RAM/SSD) to support the fully accelerated PCI 3.0 x16 slot and the CPU and OS requirements.
The result is pretty much a new console under the hood with the latest components and a lot of processing power.
The M6 concept was designed eight years ago, and while the operating surface is great and has been proven to be very popular, the underlying computer hardware is now at the end of its support live. Typically, embedded components are available for five to seven years and ultimately, an embedded PC system from 8 years ago is a bit dated considering the improvements in processing power of the CPUs and graphics cards available now.
Thankfully, the smart design of the M6 allows an easy exchange of the core components which creates a full refresh of the desk and an incredibly powerful console. Unlike most manufacturers, we are excited to make this kit available to end users. This will allow many console owners to extend the life of their investment for minimal cost and effort.
So what is in the M6 ONYX kit?
Intel Core i7 9700 CPU
Low noise CPU fan and cooler
Samsung EVO 500GB M.2 NVME SSD
SSD drive cooler
ATI WX4100 4GB Graphics card
2x8GB DDR4 RAM
New cover plate with fan
ONXY License PCB
128 Universes License for ONYX
Full DYLOS support
Windows IOT License
2x USB drives for OS and DYLOS Content
The installation of the kit is easy and straightforward, and we expect this to be completed by users in under 90 minutes, including the OS install.