I was never one to seek out boxed hardware, but I couldn't pass up this opportunity.
Cirrus Logic CL GD5434 2MB ISA VGA card, manufactured in 1998... manufactured for who exactly, I have no idea! Can't imagine there was much of a demand for high performance video on the ISA bus at that point.
When I got it it was 100% brand new, unused, aside from the box being opened and a little beat up. The card and books are pristine. One of the disks looked a little warped but thankfully all three of them were able to be read, so I made raw disk images of them with rawwrite. The images are attached below. Feel free to upload them to the vogons library. 😀
I'm looking forward to doing a mass benchmarking of ISA and VLB cards, now that I finally have a CL GD5434 to cover the top end of ISA. This one will almost certainly take the crown in most benchmarks, though I imagine the ISA bus is the bottleneck in 90% of them. I'd like to run benchmarks in DOS, 3.11 and Windows 95 to get the full spectrum of performance and GUI acceleration. Not sure what board and CPU I'll use just yet. Some kind of fast 586 or overdrive most likely. Maybe both in some benchmarks... or a 386 just for kicks? 😀
Now for some blitting from the back buffer.