Mystery Motherboard

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Mystery Motherboard

Postby Warlord » 2019-9-12 @ 06:04

The description of the motherboard in the listing is wrong but what is inside the bubble wrap is more interesting. Anyone want to guess what board is actually inside.

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Re: Mystery Motherboard

Postby Eep386 » 2019-9-12 @ 06:45

Alaris Cougar 486BL/3 motherboard.
I used to own one, I recognize it anywhere.
https://stason.org/TULARC/pc/motherboards/A/ALARIS-486-COUGAR-486BL.html
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Re: Mystery Motherboard

Postby Warlord » 2019-9-12 @ 07:42

nice, i paid 40 dollars shipped seems like a steal if its not broken.
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Re: Mystery Motherboard

Postby Vynix » 2019-9-12 @ 11:19

Definitely an Alaris Cougar, a very interesting beast nonetheless, it has a on-board IBM DLC3 (think of it as a 486DLC on steroids, with a whooping 16kb of cache).

But be aware that if you don't install a 387 coprocessor, the DLC3 (aka "Blue Lightning") will be recognized as a 486SX... But you can put a 486DX on the motherboard, (as it is also one of those "hybrid" 386/486 motherboards)
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Re: Mystery Motherboard

Postby Anonymous Coward » 2019-9-12 @ 13:09

It also uses a fairly uncommon chipset, the OPTi 499...the flagship of the 49x series.
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Re: Mystery Motherboard

Postby Warlord » 2019-9-13 @ 01:49

Thanks guys. Would this make a good platform for Pre Pentium gaming. Do you guys think this is worth building assuming it works?
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