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Reply 220 of 310, by 386_junkie

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We have actually touched on one of my long standing projects... still WIP as I only have 6 sticks fabricated and finished, the issue currently being free time to make more!

The 40ns, 1MB, 30 pin simm... with parity: -

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A thread of the struggle... and using a different SMD method is in the pipeline.

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Reply 221 of 310, by Anonymous Coward

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I'm super interested in 40ns SIMMs for my 50MHz systems.

It would also be cool if somehow SRAM SIMMs could be fabricated.

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Reply 222 of 310, by 386_junkie

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I'm super interested in 40ns SIMMs for my 50MHz systems.

I have not done any benchmarks with them as yet, only function tested. The theory is they will boot systems with higher FSB's without need for any wait states... where conventional 60ns/70ns RAM won't even boot the system! These will also require less 25ns/20ns cycles to perform read/write operations.

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It would also be cool if somehow SRAM SIMMs could be fabricated.

I'm not sure if it is possible... would come down to control signal differences with DRAM. If there are no differences then the only barrier would be density... i.e. the real estate used per 1Mb. That problem can be solved but it would be a real PITA!

For example, and in theory... to make 1 stick of 256Kb, you would need 9 IC's = 8 IC's x 32Kb = 256Kb SIMM + parity. Most motherboards only have up to 8 SIMM slots so your total RAM would not be higher than 2Mb... From here, you would need to use these (I own a few and plan to make clones): -
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Reply 223 of 310, by elianda

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386_junkie wrote:
elianda wrote:

I agree, the RAM performance is bad. Here is a regular 386DX-40:

What chipset does this board have?

It is a SIS chipset. I would have to open the case to look up the exact number, the BIOS reports it as SISD-8.

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Reply 224 of 310, by 386_junkie

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elianda wrote:
386_junkie wrote:
elianda wrote:

I agree, the RAM performance is bad. Here is a regular 386DX-40:

What chipset does this board have?

It is a SIS chipset. I would have to open the case to look up the exact number, the BIOS reports it as SISD-8.

May this be the SIS Rabbit? With memory Interleaving? 😎

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Reply 225 of 310, by Geforcefly

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Packard Bell 386SX-II @ 20MHz and 4MB of RAM (and 8MB, but a glitch prevents all 8MB from working)

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Reply 226 of 310, by Anonymous Coward

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Not bad memory scores for a 20MHz 386SX. I've seen 40MHz DX systems that barely do better than that.

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Reply 227 of 310, by Geforcefly

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They do look very good, but that might be due to a glitch. The RAM I used for the run with two 4MB modules installed were TI 60ns 4MB 3-chip modules. However, they aren't exactly 100% compatible with the board. Even though it saw 8MB, the BIOS failed the memory check at 5MB. Yes, I tried different combinations of those modules since I have 4 of them and all fail at the exact same spot. I have two 4MB 9-chip modules on the way and will retest if they work.

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Reply 228 of 310, by Anonymous Coward

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Maybe your board has a 286-type BIOS which requires some kind of reconfiguration when the memory configuration has been altered.

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Reply 229 of 310, by Geforcefly

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The 9-chip modules worked and the scores are identical.

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Reply 230 of 310, by skv400

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After Install CPU Cooler. My Cyrix 486DRx2-66's performance is increased.

CPU1 : Cyrix 486DRx2 66MHz (L1 WT,L2 WT)
RAM : 16MB 60ns (4MB x 4)
M/B : Aquaris MB-4D33/50 3/486 VLB Motherboard (OPTI 495SX)
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BIOS Settings

and I ran the Doom benchmark with five ISA / VLB graphics cards to check for improved CPU performance.

can see this thread. Cyrix 486DRx2 66MHz CPU with a cooler, performance has been improved.

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Reply 231 of 310, by feipoa

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I like your BIOS options for cache and RAM timings. I haven't seen a "Cacheable RAM address range" option in these BIOSes before. Does it go higher than 64 MB?

Slow Refresh should be enabled for optimal performance, assuming your RAM supports this. Most do.

You mentioned that using a CPU cooler improved performance. This seems very odd to me. Could you benchmark DOOM with the cooler and without the cooler? What are the two scores?

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Reply 232 of 310, by skv400

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feipoa wrote:

For DOOM timedemo 3, I get 14.1 fps. For your system with the same graphics card, you get DLC-40 = 11.3 fps, and DRx2 = 12.6 fps. With VLB graphics, you got DLC-40 = 12.85 fps, or DRx2 = 16.4 fps. Why is the performance increase for the DRx2, when using VLB, much greater than when the DLC uses the VLB graphics?

The higher the CPU, the more severe the performance bottleneck due to the ISA graphics card bottleneck.

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What is your CPU score from Nortin Sysinfo? Mine is 65.6. For some reason, the number is not showing on the graph from your screenshot.

Score on nortion Sysinfo is 93.1. but this is incorrect.

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If use FSB 25/33 DX2/DX4/5x86 CPU on OPTI 495SX/SLC Chipset Motherboard. Norton sysinfo 6.0 or highter version outputs a different value than the actual one.

if use DX(25,33) or FSB 40 CPU(486DX2-80,486DX4-120 and etc). output correct value.

The solution is to use version 4.5 of Norton Sysinfo.

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486DRx2-66's CPU Score is 127.0

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For Quake, I get 2.7 fps. I did not see your ISA scores for Quake in your bar chart, but found it pretty interesting that the DRx2-66 w/33 MHz FPU only scored 2.6 fps. But once you clock doubled your FPU, you get quite a boost percent-wise, to 3.0 fps.

Maybe caused OPTI 495SX/SLC Chipset's poor memory performance.

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For cachechk, my L2 cache is at 33.5 MB/s, which is slightly slower than your 34.7 fps. For RAM read speed, I got 16.1 MB/s, while yours is only 9.4 MB/s. Is that correct? The worst speed I've seen was around 14 MB/s. Could you report the cachechk RAM write results? e.g. cachechk -w -d -t4

my cachechk is can't run with option -d.
i ran cachechk -w -t4 , and cachechk -t4

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feipoa wrote:

The best memory read times tend to come from SiS Rabbit-based boards, at 23.6 MB/s.

My Motherboard's Memory performance is so poor..

feipoa wrote:

Did you try your DRx2 at 2x40 MHz?

Appear POST Screen. and Freeze during boot.

feipoa wrote:

Based on your results, it seems like the DRx2 might be worth it if your board has VLB. In my mind, though, if a board has a 486 CPU socket, then using one of these PGA-132 CPU upgrades looses some of its prestige. Does your board have a 486 and 386 CPU socket, or just a 386 CPU socket?

I also have a DRx2-66 and would some day like to compare it against the 486SXL-40 on my Mark V Baby Screamer. I would also like to attempt 486SXL2-66 operation with lots of cooling. An SXL2 at 2x25 MHz just isn't that exciting for me.

have both socket.

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Reply 233 of 310, by skv400

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feipoa wrote:

I like your BIOS options for cache and RAM timings. I haven't seen a "Cacheable RAM address range" option in these BIOSes before. Does it go higher than 64 MB?

option only available 4M,8M,16M,32M,64M.

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Slow Refresh should be enabled for optimal performance, assuming your RAM supports this. Most do.

If Enable Slow Refresh. Speedsys score and Doom fps reduced. maybe 3~5%.
My Memory is 60ns FPM Memory

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You mentioned that using a CPU cooler improved performance. This seems very odd to me. Could you benchmark DOOM with the cooler and without the cooler? What are the two scores?

There was a slight improvement in the use of VLB graphics cards and a big improvement in the use of ISA graphics cards.

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Reply 234 of 310, by feipoa

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Could you post the DOOM results with and without CPU fan?

Slow Refresh reduces DOOM results? Curious. Could you post the numbers?

What happens if you disable Hidden Refresh and enable Slow Refresh?

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Reply 235 of 310, by skv400

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feipoa wrote:

Could you post the DOOM results with and without CPU fan?

Slow Refresh reduces DOOM results? Curious. Could you post the numbers?

What happens if you disable Hidden Refresh and enable Slow Refresh?

download/file.php?id=45589&mode=view this post's 486DRx2 66MHz(with Cyrix utility) is results of without CPU Fan.

I Enable Hidden refresh and Slow Refresh both. is this incorrect use?

if slow refresh enable, require turn off Hidden refresh?

If you go home after work, I'll take the test you want.

If I understood it correctly, you need

1. Enable Slow Refresh's doom benchmark data.
2. Enable Slow Refresh and Disable Hidden Refresh's doom benchmark data.

is this correct?

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Reply 236 of 310, by keropi

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do these results seem OK ? I have a board based on the Opti 82C495XLC chipset with a TX486DLC cpu at 40mhz. The board had some cache-size jumpers tampering and some weird PTTP cache ICs. Although amibios reported 128kb it was clear that only 32kb were used:

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(you can see the modified jumpers on the right)

So after messing a little and asking around if someone has the same mobo that works OK I came up with these settings (and using other SRAM chips that are known to be real)

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If I put 0WS everywhere in the BIOS I can get ~28,5mb/sec writing speeds but the others stay pretty much the same more or less.
In DOOM benchmark I get ~9.7fps with a WDC vga. Wolf3D is almost 30fps at ~29.7

So my question is, does this look OK? Maybe even the 128kb jumper settings are not correct or something and mess the system? I see other results here with 386DX40 cpus that are better - is it a chipset/mobo thing? The ram I use is 8x1MB @70ns.

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Reply 237 of 310, by Anonymous Coward

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I would run a test to make sure that the correct amount of memory is beig cached. Sometimes there is a separate jumper that controls the size of the tag RAM (though not usually documented in an obvious way).

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Reply 238 of 310, by kixs

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It looks fine to me. You should do the benchmarks with 32KB cache and compare it to 128KB cache. It should be some increase. Otherwise memory throughput will not change with more cache. It only caches more data. Memory throughput depends on wait states and chipset used.

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Reply 239 of 310, by keropi

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damn I can't believe I missed these replies - thanks for the feedback!

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what test do you suppose I can run? This is a 386 board so tag is just 8kb. I found no documentation relating to the cache - someone on fb sent me photos of the manual as well and there is nothing there - just a mention in the features section that the board has "128kb built-in high-performance write-back, direct mapped cache" . It makes sense since the cache "jumpers" aren't really jumpers - in an unaltered state the traces are not cut and the board is fixed to 128kb size.
This is what I get with the "stock 128kb of cache" , the stock AMIBIOS reports 128kb but at this point I just think it's patched to display that. MR-BIOS goes bonkers for example, PC DIAGS also just detect 32kb

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both correctly display 128kb with the fixed jumper setting and other cache ics that are known to be good.

@kixs
good call maybe I solder again the jumpers and try some DOOM benchmark
I will post later a screen with 0-wait states , there is some improvement. Overall the board feels snappy but I think it's mainly because of the 486DLC cpu.
Maybe I even use 15ns cache, atm the 128k are 20nd and only the tag is 15ns.

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