First post, by Anonymous Coward
Does anyone have one of these boards equipped with a MR-BIOS?
The one that I have uses the AMIBIOS, but I know a MR-BIOS for this board exists as I saw one sell on eBay a few months ago. Just wondering if anyone on these forums might have purchased it.
I finally got around to testing this board with VLB cards recently. Surprisingly the compatibility is VERY good. It worked with every single VLB VGA card I threw in there. This came as a big surprise to me as this is a 386SX/286 motherboard which only has 24-bit addressing and 16 data lines. Pretty much every VLB card I threw in delivered identical DOS performance, as the CPU or RAM seems to be bottlenecking it.
The CPU on my board is the 66MHz version of the IBM 486SLC2 with the 16kb internal cache. Surprisingly this board also supports L2 cache (which I upgraded to 128kb). In DOOM timedemo3 I got about 4730 realtics no matter which VLB card was used. With an ISA VGA card the score dropped to around 5200 realtics. Overall this system benches about the same as a TI486SXL-40.
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V'Ger XT|Upgraded AT|Ultimate 386|Super VL/EISA 486|SMP VL/EISA Pentium