Reply 40 of 71, by leonardo
leonardo wrote on 2022-06-04, 15:31:BitWrangler wrote on 2022-05-24, 14:01:
If you were trying to resell, I'd whack a DX2-66 and a GL-5428/29/30/34 VLB in it.Disruptor wrote on 2022-05-31, 21:00:leonardo wrote on 2022-05-31, 16:21:
The only place where I notice the age of the system (so far) is scrolling the map, which is clearly laggy.
ISA graphics card? No wonder.
OK, I went ahead and ordered the Cirrus Logic GL-542XVL/H! I sought some benchmarks and this card should be on the mid-end or upper mid-end based on what I saw. Will be interesting to see if it makes a difference before the CPU is upgraded...
OK, now that the PnP fiasco is behind me I can give everyone some subjective analysis on the card's performance. First off I just wanted to say that I was not expecting this to change a whole lot due to the slow-ish 33 MHz DX it's currently paired with... Also here's the pic in case you missed it.
However, I did notice a negligible improvement whilst zooming around the map in C&C. I would still say the game is running acceptably if not smoothly. Difference to the Trident is minor.
The original Worms runs quite well, if not super smooth - you only really notice slowdown in some zoom-in and zoom-out type action.
SimCity 2000 was indifferent to the card swap.
So far the biggest surprise came with Wolfenstein 3D, which I thought already ran great but now seems super smooth... This game however runs quite well on slower systems too, so next up I guess I'll have to get DooM installed...
In summary, so far I'm of the opinion that if you had to pick between buying a 66 MHz DX2 or a VLB-graphics card for a slower system, the CPU upgrade is probably the more worthwhile one, especially given the prices these VLB cards seem to be going for at the moment. I did score this one for just $25, so it's not a huge loss especially given that it came with another ISA card that I can sell alongside the original Trident to bring the price of the upgrade down a bit...
[Install Win95 like you were born in 1985!] on systems like this or this.