First post, by BSA Starfire
I have had this build for many years and have just recently brought it out of storage and into regular use again, one of the things I'm using it for is watching old Video-CD movies with the excellent subhash VCD player 2.4. Now I'm wondering what games of the era would run on this system, what will be playable with such a low end 3D chipset and perhaps show it off to best advantage too?
The SiS 6326(rev c3) is built onto the motherboard and has it's own 4MB of SGRAM @65 MHz(according to a recent build of HWINFO) and is connected via the AGP bus 2x, the board has no external available AGP port/slot.
so the spec's are as follows:
Cyrix MII 333(75MHz x 3.5=262.5MHz).
Motherboard ECS P5SD-AS, SIS 5591-5595 chipset.
128 MB SD RAM(2x 64MB PC100).
ESS 1869 audio(on motherboard).
10 GB Maxtor Hard disk.
DVD ROM reader.
3.5' Floppy drive.
3COM etherlink III ISA network card.
I'm not interested in upgrading this machine significantly, I have other machines more capable, of a similar-ish era I could use(Celeron 466 3DFX Banshee, Duron 650 Nvidia TNT,PIII 933 3DFX voodoo3) more interested in what this machine might be capable of(or not!) in the way of games.
One thing I do have is a discrete PCI 6326 card, also 4MB but I'm pretty sure it's a later revision although that is supposition right now. But reading the excellent vintage3D https://vintage3d.org/sis.php review it seems that the revision on my motherboard is not the optimal choice of 6326 chips and later revisions fix lots of bugs. Also the same review mentions that the SGRAM equipped 6326 although having low default clock is capable of great overclock speeds, so perhaps I would be better to overclock what I have on the board rather than go for the later(perhaps?) discrete card? I assume powerstrip would be the tool for this, if so what version should I be looking for?
So, to sum up, what games do you think this machine can run OK and show off the 6326?
Should I stick with the on-board chip or try the discrete card?
Best driver version?
Attempt overclock on the onboard SGRAM?
Another thing I'm toying with is trying out properly the Cirrus Logic Laguna 3D 5434 PCI card I have also had for years, with only 2MB RDRAM and after reading the again fascinating vintage3D review I don't have many expectations of it doing very much, but should be interesting to see!
Anyhow, thanks for any thoughts or input!
286 20MHz,1MB RAM,Trident 8900B 1MB, Conner CFA-170A.SB 1350B
386SX 33MHz,ULSI 387,4MB Ram,OAK OTI077 1MB. Seagate ST1144A, MS WSS audio
Amstrad PC 9486i, DX/2 66, 16 MB RAM, Cirrus SVGA,Win 95,SB 16
Cyrix MII 333,128MB,SiS 6326 H0 rev,ESS 1869,Win ME