"Strix", My ASUS based Socket 7 System.

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"Strix", My ASUS based Socket 7 System.

Postby Hellistor » 2016-12-11 @ 22:49

Hello,

This is my newest build.
I aquired this system at the same time as my AM486. High resolution pictures can be found here

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It features:

Motherboard: ASUS P/I-P55T2P4 Rev 3.10
CPU: Intel Pentium-S 133MHz
RAM: 32MB 60ns EDO RAM
Cache: 512KB Onboard (64MB RAM Cachable)
Graphics card: S3 Trio64V+ 2MB
Ethernet: 3Com PCI Ethernet Card
Soundcard: Soundblaster 16 CT1740 DSP 4.05
HDD: 5GB Quantum Fireball
CD: ASUS 40xMax CD Drive
Floppy: 1.44MB 3 1/2' Drive
Midi Module: Roland MT-32 (OLD)

Peripherals:
PS/2 Mouse: Microsoft Intellimouse 1.2A
USB Mouse: Logitech G5
Joystick: Microsoft Sidewinder 3D Pro
Keyboard: IBM Model M
Mousepad: Steelseries QcK
Monitor: Fujitsu Siemens C775
Speakers: NEC Stereo Speakers

It is running Windows 98 SE with an adapted version of Phil's DOS Starter Pack.
I'm using SoftMPU for the MT-32. This card needs the /SBMIDI and /DELAYSYSEX switch to work in Strike Commander.

Here's an inside view.

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Expansion cards.

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Rear I/O

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Here we have Age of Empires running in Windows.

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This is Descent 2 running under Windows using the Sidewinder 3D Pro.

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Under DOS this machine is quite capable, it's running Duke Nukem 3D at 640x480 decently.

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Doom 2 is also great.

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Strike Commander is wonderfully smooth on this machine.

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Now, you may have asked yourself what all the CPUs on the Keyboard are for.

If you would like to see another CPU in this machine you can pick from these. I originally made a strawpoll but that doesn't quite work, so just post in the thread what you want me to use.

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I hope you enjoy the machine!
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Re: "Strix", My ASUS based Socket 7 System.

Postby Hellistor » 2016-12-11 @ 23:39

Reserved for Updates.

I removed the Strawpoll. It doesn't quite work as I thought it would. For example it doesn't let you change your vote afterwards.

Also I removed the Pentium MMX CPUs as Options as I already have a System with one of those.

Feel free to voice your opinion on which of the CPUs shown above I should use!
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Re: "Strix", My ASUS based Socket 7 System.

Postby gdjacobs » 2016-12-12 @ 01:07

I'd love to see the P54 running for some SETMUL test register benching. How smooth does it slow and how slow does it go?
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Re: "Strix", My ASUS based Socket 7 System.

Postby Hellistor » 2016-12-12 @ 01:23

gdjacobs wrote:I'd love to see the P54 running for some SETMUL test register benching. How smooth does it slow and how slow does it go?


That's actually a good idea! As soon as I have time I'll get SETMUL running and run some benchmarks with Phil's DOS Benchmark collection.
I can tell you though that disabling the caches in the Bios results in good slowdown. Ultima 6 for example runs pretty well.
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Postby gdjacobs » 2016-12-12 @ 05:44

Absolutely. I'm curious if it can do intermediate speeds.
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Re: "Strix", My ASUS based Socket 7 System.

Postby foey » 2016-12-12 @ 12:32

Very nice build.

How do you find the 40x CD-ROM? I had a 48x Compaq drive in my P133 rig and had to try to reduce the speed due to noise. I managed to set it to 4x in DOS but had trouble in Windows. I later picked up a quad speed CD-ROM which is much better - no more hair dryer!
Cyrix Instead Build, 6x86 166+ | 32mb SD | 4mb S3 Virge DX | Creative AWE64 | Win95
ATC-S PIII Tualatin Win9x Build :- http://www.vogons.org/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=40248
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Re: "Strix", My ASUS based Socket 7 System.

Postby Hellistor » 2016-12-12 @ 12:55

foey wrote:Very nice build.

How do you find the 40x CD-ROM? I had a 48x Compaq drive in my P133 rig and had to try to reduce the speed due to noise. I managed to set it to 4x in DOS but had trouble in Windows. I later picked up a quad speed CD-ROM which is much better - no more hair dryer!


Thank you! It was fun building it.

Well with the CD drives I have a "whichever works" attitude. I try to get something that doesn't look out of place but other than that I'm not concerned much buy noise and such.
I used this one because it's an ASUS drive and I like pairing it with the ASUS motherboard.
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Re: "Strix", My ASUS based Socket 7 System.

Postby foey » 2016-12-12 @ 13:06

The trouble I found with quicker drives was one the noise and two the constant spinning down (Big latency for older games) The older drives, 2-12x were much quicker to spin up. Just wondered if you had any issues.

I just replaced my Cyrix 6x86 for a Pentium 133mhz like yours and found it to be all round quicker. It's very close to what I had back in the day now.
http://www.vogons.org/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=45740

Love your case :)
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Re: "Strix", My ASUS based Socket 7 System.

Postby Hellistor » 2016-12-12 @ 13:32

foey wrote:The trouble I found with quicker drives was one the noise and two the constant spinning down (Big latency for older games) The older drives, 2-12x were much quicker to spin up. Just wondered if you had any issues.


That makes sense, I noticed long loading times from the CD, but I don't really mind to be honest.

foey wrote:I just replaced my Cyrix 6x86 for a Pentium 133mhz like yours and found it to be all round quicker. It's very close to what I had back in the day now.
http://www.vogons.org/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=45740


That looks like a nice machine! I really like Desktop cases.

foey wrote:Love your case :)


Thanks! I think it fits with the "ASUS Theme" for some reason. That's why I called it Strix.
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Re: "Strix", My ASUS based Socket 7 System.

Postby Tetrium » 2016-12-13 @ 13:56

foey wrote:Very nice build.

How do you find the 40x CD-ROM? I had a 48x Compaq drive in my P133 rig and had to try to reduce the speed due to noise. I managed to set it to 4x in DOS but had trouble in Windows. I later picked up a quad speed CD-ROM which is much better - no more hair dryer!

My 40x CDROM drive was very noisy as well (not sure about brand, but I don't think it was ASUS). I think it starts getting a bit better below, say, 30x or so.
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