First post, by FinalJenemba
Just finished my 486 setup and wanted to share. This is my first 486 workstation class tower so im curious to get opinions on its benchmarks. Found it at an estate sale, it was setup as a full windows 95 workstation PC from Tangent, seemed all original. I stripped it down, cleaned it and rebuilt it as more of a DOS gaming spec 486. Kept as much of the original Tangent branded stuff as I could, anything I didn't I stored. Wanted it to be as era accurate as possible so no flash storage or anything like that in this one.
Lion Computers 486-SUPER EISA/VP Motherboard
Full 1MB of cache installed
4 4MB 80ns sticks for 16MB total of RAM
Unbranded VL41C/V2 VLB S3 805P Card, upgraded to 2mb of vram
CT1680 SB Pro 2.0
Adaptek AHA-2742 EISA SCSI Controller
Seagate Elite ST43400N 2gb SCSI HD (It's massive! Works fantastic though)
Plextore Plex8 SCSI Caddy Loading CD-ROM
Sony SDT-5000 SCSI Tape Drive
IBM Model 1711 1.2mb Floppy Drive
Teac 1.4mb Floppy Drive
So far this seems like a happy combo. Doom runs very playable, even Duke 3D is playable. And the compatibility seems really great. Topbench scores it around a 200, with Turbo off its around an 80. Does the memory bandwidth seem fast for a 486 PC? Is that just because of the high cache amount? Also curious what are you guys doing for Dallas DS1488 Ramified Battery replacements? I have extra 12887 batteries but it wont boot with those. This battery came with it and for now it works good, but I have no idea how old it is and im sure it will need replacement eventually.