First post, by Ampera
I want to bring this into discussion.
I have an AM486 system, DX4-100-SB8B OC'd to 120Mhz.
It has 32MB of memory, VLB EIDE card and a VLB Trio32 in Diamond Multimedia Stealth SE.
The HDD is 4-5x times an appropriate size of 500MB, and the CD drive is OP.
And it BLOWS at running Windows. I mean SimTower runs like absolute Arse! It was playable at first on Windows 95, but started to slow to a crawl.
A quick switch to 3.1, and it is unplayable from the get-go. I don't get this. I can BLOW Duke 3D out of the water with 320x400 res mode (I think it's 640x400 interlaced).
I mean it is amazing how well the system can do Duke 3D, but something like SimTower it can't handle.
It does run some Windows games well, like Winciv (Which is honestly worse than the DOS version due to the crippled audio, and inability to buy city improvements/units), and of course
Sim City (A C64 can run Sim City) but both those games are available in DOS.
So I pose the question, is Windows useless except for very minor games for a 486? I mean DOOM and Duke is in DOS (lol what else do you need), and SO many games functioned on DOS.
I think that aside from a casual Windows 3.1 install, PC/MS/DR/Free DOS is all you need.
But I write this to get the opinion of the frankly amazing VOGONS community.