Reply 16580 of 17281, by red_avatar
steevf wrote on 2020-09-03, 20:10:
I really like the look of the older model.
Me too and the PC is really well designed inside as well - very easy to take apart and work on.
Problem is that the older model lacks some vital features because it was an early Pentium:
- no PCI ports, only ISA vs 2x 32bit PCI + 2x ISA
- only support up to 8GB drives vs 40GB drives
- internal 2D chip had some compatibility issues the new model doesn't have + the lack of a PCI slot meant I was stuck with slow ISA 2D cards
- extra front 3.5" bay so I can keep the disk drive while having a Gotek one as well
- boot from CD only possible on new model
- BIOS very limited compared to new model
So I was kind of forced to get he newer model which isn't quite as sexy looking but all the issues I had with the old model are gone and it's a brilliant DOS machine now. If you can spot one on eBay, it's a very good choice. It's incredibly quiet, easy to work with, has very solid hardware and very few compatibility issues. It comes with a good SB16 as well (although it was missing in mine - they probably sold it separately just like the missing drive).
Retro game fanatic.
IBM PS1 386SX25 - 4MB
IBM Aptiva 486SX33 - 8MB - 2GB CF - SB16
IBM PC350 P233MMX - 64MB - 32GB SSD - AWE64 - Voodoo2
PIII600 - 320MB - 480GB SSD - SB Live! - GF4 Ti 4200
i5-2500k - 3GB - SB Audigy 2 - HD 4870