Reply 20 of 40, by Mau1wurf1977
Good luck getting i.e. second reality to run on an i7
You would be surprised 🤣
Not an i7 but on a Phenom II and Asrock 770 chipset board.
You can go into BIOS, set the reference clock to 100 and multi to 0.5 🤣
BAM you have a modern 50 MHz CPU 😁
throttle.exe also works on a Phenom II and I also tested an Atom based netbook.
I have a W98SE DOS Bootable USB Stick for testing and yup all the speed sensitive games worked just fine.
No ISA slot on that board however, so that was as good it gets.
However with some luck you can get a PCI based AudioPCI /Sound Blaster Live! going. Unfortunately they have issues with really old games as well and FM emulation is average to shocking.
However for games that support General Midi (Doom and later) this solution works perfect.
Still I came to the conclusion that perusing this further isn't worth it. The problem is that while you can slow down the processor, your video and memory subsytem is light years faster than a vintage 386.
So you will run into games that use "graphics cards" tricks to do scrolling and BAM those games will still run way to fast. The fact that industrial boards with ISA slots usually don't allow overclocking (under clocking in our case) or change of multipliers doesn't help either.
So yea personally I didn't see the point, especially with so many other options around (real vintage 386 and 486 machines, super socket 7 slowed down with cache settings and ISA video card, DOSBox...).
And unfortunately these boards are so expensive that no Retro guy has gotten one "just to muck around" with it.