So this is more like: "I discovered I had these (retro) hardware a mere four days ago."
I was delighted to find a really nice, factory overclocked Asus GTX 750 Ti with two fans atop an oversized (for a 750 TI) heatsink. I don't remember where it came from, why or when I bought it, and how it ended up in a Radeon HD 4890 box on my shelf. You know you have way too much stuff when...
Anyway, with the card in hand I decided to give my Pentium M a little upgrade! That machine was somewhat ironically rocking a GTX 280 a few days ago. Yeah, a 25w CPU paired with a 250w GPU. Now, with the much more efficient GTX 750 Ti installed, it just feels like a much better-balanced rig & it definitely produces less heat! Windows XP D3D 8-9c gaming performance at 1600x1200 feels about the same as before (which is to say, absolutely great).
Since the 750 Ti is Maxwell-based and supports WDDM 2.7 drivers, I decided to throw Win10 on a spare SSD just to see how an overclocked and fully video-accelerated Pentium M would handle it. The answer: surprisingly well! Win10 actually does a fine job of shrinking its footprint on 2 GB systems, and idle memory usage at the desktop is only about 5% higher than a fully patched Win7 on the same config.
I was more than surprised to see the latest Edge work on Pentium M. After all, Chrome started requiring SSE3 ages ago, and as you probably all know by now, Edge is a Chromium-based browser. And not only did it work, but web browsing wasn't even all that bad for a single core processor. I had included a Firefox installer on my flash drive just in case Edge refused to start on SSE2-only Dothan, but I didn't even need it! In fact, Edge felt faster than Firefox, and with the h264ify extension installed, the system even handled 1080p, 60 fps YouTube content just fine. I could even semi-smoothly scroll the web page whilst a video was playing! Bonkers man, just bonkers.
Everyone says that modern software is terribly slow and unoptimized, but you know, after seeing this setup in action today, I beg to differ. Now of course, had I tried Win10 on the original GTX 280 video card (which I believe is limited to WDDM 1.0 or 1.1), I'd probably be telling a different story. Hell, had I not gone ahead and disabled Windows Update before plugging in the ethernet cable, I'd likely still be waiting for the .NET 4.8 March 2023 Security Update to hand back control of my single core CPU.
P6 chip. Triple the speed of the Pentium.
Tualatin: PIII-S @ 1628 MHz | QDI Advance 12T | 2GB DDR-310 | 6800GT | X-Fi | 500GB HDD | 3DMark01: 14,059
Dothan: PM @ 2720 MHz | MSI Speedster FA4 | 2GB DDR2-544 | GTX-280 | X-Fi | 500GB SSD | 3DMark01: 42,148