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Fastest pc you have win98 on? (besides emulation)

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Reply 61 of 70, by FFXIhealer

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Fastest PC I ever had or still have running Windows 98 (either edition)...

Asus P2B 440BX
Intel Pentium III 600MHz (Katmai, 100MHz FSB, 2.0v, Slot 1)
256MB PC-100 SDRAM
Diamond Viper V770 RIVA TNT2 32MB AGP
STB V2-1000 Voodoo² 12MB PCI
STB V2-1000 Voodoo² 12MB PCI
Creative Labs Sound Blaster AWE64 Standard ISA
10/100 PCI Ethernet
Iomega ZIP100 internal ATA

Anything I had that was faster than this ran Windows XP instead.

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Reply 62 of 70, by gdjacobs

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KM400 based board
Socket A Sempron 3000
512mb RAM
R8500LE 64mb
Matrox m3d
SB Live 5.1
Audigy 2

All hail the Great Capacitor Brand Finder

Reply 63 of 70, by canthearu

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I decided to have a truely overpowered DOS/Win98 system, a system that could even still play many DOS games via SB16 emulation:

Asus A8V Deluxe - Socket 939.
Athlon 64 3800 Processor (2.4ghz real frequency)
512meg DDR (running 400mhz, 2.5 cas, T1 command rate)
Gainward Nvidia FX5900XT 128meg
Creative Audigy Card
250gb Western Digital 7200 rpm drive
Samsung DVD-RW drive
XFX 450W PSU.

Going with a VIA based board is important to get the DOS drivers working for the Audigy working. I have also never had a Socket 939 motherboard before, so this is fun for me. Another cool thing is the BIOS will map USB keys as hard drives automatically, and then you can access the contents of these USB keys in Pure DOS mode as though they were another hard drive.

Compared to P4 systems I have assembled, this only runs rather cool and comfortably in comparison.

Reply 64 of 70, by Vynix

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Muh my fastest W98 system would be this:

-Pentium 133 (might upgrade to K6-II or 233MMX since my mobo supports K6 and MMX CPUs... Weird)
-Shuttle HOT-555A (quite a big standard VX mobo that just works, quite the reliable workhorse, alas mine is really boycotting SDRAM so I'm leaving it with the EDO SIMMs that it came with)
RAM: 80 megabytes EDO (I do have SDRAM on hand but for some reason the mobo only recognizes half of the capacity of every stick I put in...)
Graphics: S3 Trio64V2-DX (really needs a VRAM upgrade...)
Sound: Creative ViBRA 16 (with CQM... Blergh ! 😵) that's the only ISA soundcard I have 🙁 but it is still better than the SB 128PCI's horrible OPL3 emulation 😵

Proud owner of a Shuttle HOT-555A 430VX motherboard and two wonderful retro laptops, namely a Compaq Armada 1700 [nonfunctional] and a HP Omnibook XE3-GC [fully working :p]

Reply 65 of 70, by zapbuzz

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3.2ghz pentium 4 socket 478 Prescott
128mb agp 8x ATI/AMD chip based gamebuster GPU (passive cooled)
Biostar P4TSV motherboard
2gb pc133 gaming SDRAM (running without paging thanks to public release of R. Loew's patch)
1 tb 7200 RPM SATA running with R. Loew native SATA patch (formatted fat32 single partition with his utility.)
I put in CPU driver from windows xp to accomodate speedstep tech of this pentium 4 it also runs cooler with it.
1000 watt p4 era correct gaming PSU
No right click refresh on desktop this baby screams of real hardware bling. The ram has gold plated heat spreaders and I never overclock my classics.
Surprisingly dirt cheap to build but took years to source out parts i only go for new old stock or my own legacy reserve.
I got final fantasy 8 pc version to play on the old 748 system but it was dead motherboard it looked new too blew its old regulators so i figured if i was gonna play old games again
or mess with retro sound and video better off getting the best I can and use what i know since i lived that era i know the hurdles. (and a brand new WHOPPER GPU)
Ths would be one of the worlds fastest windows 98 compatible survivors and with SATA II 1tb and 2gb ram running native without emulation I bet the benchmarks would raise eyebrows except the GPU but nothings perfect.
Have tested with Millennium ,xp as well they're all just as good except xp has officially signed drivers for gpu available as ATI/AMD decided to end access to win 9x signed drivers they did release non signed drivers after for win98/me end of support cycle.
The Specs would get attenton on Ebay but if it were to go for sale it would be really expensive I couldn't build another like this it'd be a waste of life waiting for the parts.
I have used the GPU on my Abit VP6 as it has 4x sideband AGP that system runs 98 as well but its SMP system means best running XP and I use that system for music synthesizer fun and karaoke. A temporary GPU solution for this topic as i have a 256mb Nvidia gpu somewhere but gotta get drivers!.
Have a modded startup logo shows the more modern windows logo the dude who made it deserves an award!
Expect screenies 😁

Reply 66 of 70, by BitWrangler

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I used to know how to mod the flash screen, think it's an RLE file you can actually force paint to open. I thought it was Funny to have a Win 3.11 Windows 95 Windows 98! scrawled on the old win3 one.

I guess the fastest I've got 98 "on" was a little ripper set up with an applebred doing 2.4Ghz, Ti4200, 1GB, but haven't run that one in a while it might have forgot it's settings and need a general spruce up. So the fastest machine most recently running it is a PII 366, 128MB which it's pretty good on.

2017: Basement full of ancient PC stuff, starting to go through it. 2021: Still starting, heh, many setbacks. So what's this BitWrangler guy's deal ??? >>> Taming the pile, specs to target?

Reply 68 of 70, by BitWrangler

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Yup it's in the Compaq Armada 1750 notebook, which there's been recent discussion about here... Compaq armada 1750 and come to think of it , I think the only other CPU I've come across that's a 366 is Celerons.

2017: Basement full of ancient PC stuff, starting to go through it. 2021: Still starting, heh, many setbacks. So what's this BitWrangler guy's deal ??? >>> Taming the pile, specs to target?

Reply 69 of 70, by KCompRoom2000

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At one point, I ran Windows 98 on a Dell Optiplex GX260 with the following specifications:
2.4GHz Intel Pentium 4 (Socket 478)
512MB DDR-333 SDRAM
nVidia Geforce FX 5200 128MB AGP
40GB IDE hard drive

I still have its motherboard, though it needs a recap. I do have a few computers that are more advanced than that with Windows 98 support (most notably my Athlon 64 S939 rig), I might try to install Windows 98SE on one of those computers eventually, just to see how it runs.

Reply 70 of 70, by truemaster

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KCompRoom2000 wrote on 2021-06-09, 09:22:
At one point, I ran Windows 98 on a Dell Optiplex GX260 with the following specifications: 2.4GHz Intel Pentium 4 (Socket 478) 5 […]
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At one point, I ran Windows 98 on a Dell Optiplex GX260 with the following specifications:
2.4GHz Intel Pentium 4 (Socket 478)
512MB DDR-333 SDRAM
nVidia Geforce FX 5200 128MB AGP
40GB IDE hard drive

I still have its motherboard, though it needs a recap. I do have a few computers that are more advanced than that with Windows 98 support (most notably my Athlon 64 S939 rig), I might try to install Windows 98SE on one of those computers eventually, just to see how it runs.

if the caps are leaking remove them. if not the corosion will damage it