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Re: 3 (+3 more) retro battle stations

Something different. I have been slowly setting up a clean 1994 486 VLB system, but had some doubts about the casing. Never owned branded PCs. Custom builds all the way, tuned for maximum performance. All bells and whistles removed - only the essentials left. The standard metal cases were always a …

Re: My Dream High-End Intel 486 Build

On 486 class machines vlb adapters are for sure faster at dos graphics than pci counterparts, considering more or less similar time period - to say 1993 - 1996 and even early 1997. For windows graphics is the opposite: pci > vlb. If you test this on pci/vlb mobo - numbers will be somewhat lower than …

Re: 3 (+3 more) retro battle stations

Octek Fox-286 with Headland chipset. Octek had couple of hits with their hardware back then. 286 Headland chipsets were very common ... and just as much unexciting. So, i was not sure what to expect here. The board is of good quality. Had to solder a crystal oscillator socket. Takes up to 4 Mb of …

Re: 3 (+3 more) retro battle stations

DTK PTM-1632C is an interesting 286 motherboard. It allows to combine SIMMs along with on-board memory for maximum amount of 5 Mb RAM. Cannot remember seeing this in other boards. BIOS is custom DTK software that was super advanced for 1990 - menus and stuff. It is very similar to the one of the 386 …

To SCC or not SCC

Some background for context, before asking the questions: In general i have been more into graphics and programming than audio, but always cared to have good PC audio hardware. This translates to my retro hobby as well. So, i have plethora of SoundBlasters, ESSs, other sound cards, Sound Canvas, etc …

Re: My Big Red Switch 486

@firage This is some great IDE perfomance for sure. Better than VLB SCSI controllers in 10mb/s mode. Can you expand on your experience with EIDE2300Plus ? It has a bios -check, needs a driver - check. What options it provides for its configuration ? Thanks.

Re: My Big Red Switch 486

Really cool rig. Great job Firage ! @CoffeeOne In my opinion caching controllers won't have much, if any, effect with CF storage. From all 486 class motherboards and controllers that i messed with, Asus PVI seems to be the only one doing the PIO4 mode with real 10Mb/s transfer rates, which is at …

Re: 3 (+3 more) retro battle stations

Sharing info about two more 386 motherboards. Biostar MB-1333/40AEA-Q Neither good or bad board - from the middle of the pack. Does not overclock at all. Pretty stable. Does what is supposed to do. Trying to think of anything unique about it but - nothing comes to mind. https://www.petershipkov.com/ …

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