There was a recent thread that detailed the performance hit that a Pentium 3 system had with a USB 2.0 card, and that got me thinking about my "Weak" Pentium 4 system. Amptron M930, 2.8/533/512 P4, SiS 645, one gig of DDR @ 266 MHz, a Radeon 9800 SE with Omega drivers unlocking the extra four pipelines, and Win98SE.
This system had an Nvidia two port USB 2.0 card in it when I rescued it from a junkpile, but I wanted a USB 2.0 card that had front USB ports, and I finally found one. So I installed the NEC card for the front ports, but left the Nvidia one installed as well. I decided to test it with several benchmarks with both USB cards, neither, and just the NEC card. Removing the Nvidia card boosted the 3D 2000 score by about 400 points, 3D 2001 by about 300, and Aquamark increased by over 1,000 points. The system tested the same with the NEC card installed as it did when it was removed. So the Nvidia card is not going back in this machine.
"A lot of times when you first start out on a project you think, This is never going to be finished. But then it is, and you think, Wow, it wasn't even worth it." - Jack Handey