First post, by varrol
Some time ago I got sucked into the world of retro computers. Now it's time for some reflections.
Basically I'd like to distinguish between the joy of "having" a hardware and actually using it. I'm aware that strong P3 with ISA sound card should cover most of the DOS and early windows gaming, but still different platforms allow to test and use some different hardware and compare to others. Basically I don't mind even duplicating the hardware, but lets be honest - it takes space 😀 even if storing bare motherboards without cases.
So some of my doubts:
1. Does it make sense to keep Asus P2B while having P3B-F - covering exactly the same + more (Having AOpen AX6B+ along with P3B makes sense though as it has SCSI while P3B offers divider for FSB133 to ISA/PCI) - meaning - does P2B have any advantages over P3B-F
2. Does it make sense to have dual CPU board - yeah looks nice, but both win98 and DOS will not utilize it and its not easy to upgrade CPU - sure can use with single CPU
3. Does it make sense to have SCSI onboard, while it's easy to attach SATA or SD Card or even ATA100/133 HDD
4. Does it make sense to have ASUS P5A along with AOpen AX59Pro (provide any extra performance / options)?
AOpen AX6B+ | P3 1G | 1GB ECC REG | FX5200 | CT4500
AOpen AX59pro | K6-2 450M | 256MB | Rage 128
Asus CUBX-E | P3 1G | 512MB | GF4 TI4200 | YMF719E-S
Asus P3B-F | P3 933M | 384MB | Radeon 9200 | CT4520
Asus P5A | P55C 200M | 256MB | Riva TNT | CT3600