Reply 60 of 68, by TechDeals
Intel486dx33 wrote on 2021-01-10, 08:48:
Proprietary IBM hardware vs Open IBM PC standards. […]
Proprietary IBM hardware vs Open IBM PC standards.
The IBM XT 286 uses Proprietary IBM hardware and Bios.
Leading to hardware compatibility limitations and capacity limitations.
An open systems IBM PC clone 386 uses non-proprietary hardware and bios.
Leading to a larger selection in hardware compatibility and larger capacity in ram and hard drive size.
Also availability and costs should be considered.
It wasn't cheap, that's for sure... But it's a real AT, they aren't that common in good condition, and now it's all mine forever! 😀 Or at least until I'm old and gray...
This was bought for collectability and history, not overall function.