First post, by douglar
I have some only 486 PCI motherboards & Video cards. One of the motherboards is a FIC VIP with a Via 82C505 that does VLB and PCI. That's great for apples to apples bench marks. Ran some benchmarks using an AM5x86 @ 33x4 = 133 and WT cache (couldn't get the WB to work yet) using Landmark Speed Test. Here's what I got, rounded to the nearest 50:
- Trident 8900C ~1,000 chr/ms
- WD90C31-LR ~1,250 chr/ms
- Trident 9400cxi VLB ~8,100 chr/ms
- Trident 9440 VLB ~9,950 chr/ms
- CL-GD5429 VLB ~10,500 chr/ms
- S3 Trio64+ PCI ~11,00 chr/ms
- Tseng 4000w32P PCI ~11,500 chr/ms
- Matrix Mystique PCI ~12,000 chr/ms
Looks like the PCI boards are edging out the VLB boards for DOS. I have not figured out how to get any of these cards to do wide screen in Windows 3.1 / Windows 98 yet.
I have a 1 notch Permedia 2V PCI card, but I could not test, it seems to have passed away =(
I have some PCI cards from this century ( Radeon 9250, Radeon x1300), but they are "2 notch" PCI cards. These cards work on Pentium motherboards, but on the 486 boards, I hear HD seeks like the computer is booting but I don't get any video signal on the VGA or DVI out. This is likely a PCI v2.0 issue or something, yes? I'm guessing that "2 notch" PCI cards just not are going to work in the old boards.
I'm looking for something that still has good DOS performance and compatibility that can handle a wide screen in some version of windows.
Looking through the pictures in the Vogon Wiki, looks like the cut off points for the 1 notch PCI boards are:
I guess out of that list, the Geforce 2MX PCI seems like the most available and has the best chance at wide screen monitor support.
Does that sound right?