Thanks again for the opinions everyone! […]
Thanks again for the opinions everyone!
I think iv kinda wrangled myself down to either a DX2 or 4. With a DX2 i'd just leave those more powerful games to more modern sourceports or a future project.
(not promoting, just post the ebay link for reference) On the Socket3 side though, would someone mind double checking this board for me?
Its (from what i can gather) called the E153314 94V-0 OCCASION (?). American Megatrends bios, factory Coin-cell, VLB/ISA support, looks clean, seems to have built in cache though.
Non-removable cache kinda weirds me a bit, but the price in CAD seems pretty a-ok' considering what its got.
I avoid soldered on cache like that at all costs, chances are it's fake (I'm near positive it's fake but don't want to say for sure). There aren't even any jumpers for it. Also, it looks like that board has no keyboard controller??? See the silk screen for the 8742? Personally, I would keep on lookin! Maybe somebody a bit more up to date on 486 boards can comment, I haven't had one running for ages.
also, just to add, DX4 processors use 3.3V. If you plan to run one, make sure you can find the documentation for the board and see if it has a voltage regulator on board (or just stated support for a DX4 / AMD enhanced DX4 or even 5x86). The earlier 486 processors (including the DX2) take 5v straight from the power supply and will require a special socket adapter to run a DX4.
I've come across a few boards recently with the voltage regulator gutted, this one looks like it's possibly missing it too (see that blank spot up and to the right of the CPU?) though I could be wrong, it's hard to see.
The CL 5428 5429 5430 5434 are fine cards IMO, they are even as fast as middling first gen PCI cards. I haven't seen a benchmark that would convince me to spend more on a Mach32 instead. Must be the ATI collectors going after those.... and yah, prices look a bit crazy, $150???!!!
When you move up to win9x the mach32 and s3 cards start to leave the CL cards in the dust afaik, but for a straight DOS machine the cirrus logic cards look more than capable. I'm personally just sitting back until a VLB ET4000 shows up on ebay or local for a good price.
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