TrashPanda wrote on 2022-05-19, 21:48:
Out of curiosity and because a HX board might be good to have what revision of this board is good to get ? […]
HanJammer wrote on 2022-05-19, 20:45:
I think the price bubble finally popped.
I bought this for a price that would be low even in 2019 at local auction service.
Case is dirty but machine is fully functional. It has Gigabyte GA-586HX inside, which is one of the best Socket 7 motherboards (I have like 3 or 4 of them my main S7 machine is based on one too) and came with this nice Hercules Dynamite 128/Video.
Out of curiosity and because a HX board might be good to have what revision of this board is good to get ?
I can find a Rev 1.56 version for a ok price or a Rev 1.53 version with the Cache module slot for a little more .. I do have a few Cache modules in the box.
Not even sure having the Cache slot would be worth having with this board as its never likely to have more than the 48mb the 1.56 board comes with. (Comes with a AMD K5 PR166 and ATI Mach 64 GPU, dont have either in the box yet)
Well, the nice thing about the 430HX chipset is that it can cache up to 512 MB of RAM.
If you can use any high end CPU that warrants that amount, different questions.
AFAIK, all the many revisions of the 586HX are rock solid, but vary in features.
There appear to be at least revisions 1.51 through to 1.56 with the 1.54 introducing split voltage for the MMX Pentiums.
And there's the rev. 2.01 that had a switching voltage regulator:
http://www.amoretro.de/2012/03/gigabyte-ga-58 … rboard-pci.html
Says there, with updated BIOS, it takes K6-III, but it's not on the Steunebrink page for the + chips.
They all have the 6 PS2 sockets, 4 + 4 slots and that darn RTC module. My last one had it socketed, at least.
Some have coast socket, some don't.
Nothing beyond 66 MHz FSB, but apart from that, maybe the best base for Pentiums.
The rev. 2.01 appears to be pretty rare and I won an auction with 22 € for an 1.52 back in March. It's not rare at all, merely popular.