Reply 1 of 18, by dionb
It's a Number Nine-made S3 928 card, the original GXE by the look of it.
Number Nine was one of the better-known high-end card manufacturers in the early to mid 1990s, generally using S3 chipsets on their mid/low-end stuff and their own Imagine 128 / Ticket to Ride chips on the high-end. Unfortunately they priced themselves out of the market and missed the 3D boat. I have one of their last cards, the SR9 with S3 Savage4 Extreme chip.
And the chipset here? Bog-standard S3 928, so good compatibility and VRAM support for theoretically higher performance than the DRAM-based 8xx series. It looks like it has 2MB of VRAM (and 512k DRAM...). In 1993 this was an upper mid-range card, which you probably wanted if you did a lot of Windows or Unix desktop work and needed higher resolutions.
Hang on, just did a search for this and found... a topic here on Vogons about it, opened by you in 2011 😜
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Reply 2 of 18, by kixs
Reply 3 of 18, by retro games 100
Thanks a lot!
I really like the design on the back. It's so classy! What a shame they disappeared. An end of an era...
Gone, but not forgotten.
Reply 4 of 18, by feipoa
Reply 5 of 18, by SW-SSG
Why doesn't the chipset show S3 on it? ...
But it does, doesn't it? That's S3's old logo. You can see the "3".
That's some pretty distinctive silkscreening on the back of that card...
Reply 6 of 18, by jamesp15
That is the original (or one of the first) S3 logos on it, the 3 wavy lines followed by a 3.
Reply 7 of 18, by Scali
Video cards named after Beatles' songs, video chips named after Porsches. Those were the days.
Reply 8 of 18, by feipoa
Reply 9 of 18, by dionb
I couldn't find the datasheet. How do you know it has 2 MB of memory?
Look at the chips. The pics are good enough to read the markings. 256kB VRAM. 256kB x 8 = 2MB
Reply 10 of 18, by feipoa
Reply 11 of 18, by dionb
This is what I see:
E1 and E2
That's the 2x 256kB DRAM. Not sure what this is actually for...
U10 thru U17
You are saying that U10 thru U17 are 256Kbyte each? And if so, how do you know this?
Well, intuition - and of course googling "MT42C8254DJ-7"
Manufacturer Part Number MT42C8254DJ-7; Description Video DRAM, 256KX8, 70ns, CMOS, PDSO40, 0.400 INCH, PLASTIC
256KX8 = 2Mb / 256kB
Reply 12 of 18, by feipoa
Reply 13 of 18, by leileilol
the 3 wavy lines followed by a 3.
You sure it's not 3 slugs in pursuit of a 3?
Reply 14 of 18, by Ozzuneoj
Man, that's a cool looking card. I love the neat screen printing on old cards like that and Number Nine were some of the best. I've been wanting to start a thread dedicated to unique screen printing on older cards...
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Reply 15 of 18, by dionb
So you weren't able to find a PDF datasheet? Because my first thought was 256Kx4.
Not seen any datasheets for this particular chip, buf found lots for MT42C425xx-xx chips. They are definitely 256kx4 chips, so I'm pretty confident that an MT42C825xx-xx chip is going to be 256kx8, all the more so given that it's advertised as such.
But if it is 256Kx8, then that's a good amount of DRAM for an old ISA card.
Yes, these would have been very nice cards to have in 1993. 1152x864@16b colour was a lot better than I could do back then. Apparently there was even a 4MB version.
Reply 16 of 18, by oeuvre
Admittedly, #9 made some really cool lookin' cards
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Reply 17 of 18, by vlask
Reply 18 of 18, by blurks
They even cared about the projection distortion of the USA contour line. Probably the reason why they failed in the end. They went the extra mile that nobody asked for.