What retro activity did you get up to today?

Discussion in 'Retro & Arcade' started by adz, Jan 28, 2014.

  1. badmofo

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    That's amazing lui_gough, well done! Those wonderfully awful tones are permanently engraved in my synapses; listening to them again took transported me back to a simpler time.
     
  2. philscomputerlab

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    Retro 3D graphics awesomeness from Canada! I feel that the Matrox G400 MAX is Matrox's best 3D graphics cards, so join me in this video and let's take a look at what this card can do!

     
  3. shane41

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    Won your board too champ. 3 weeks ago. :leet: If you ever visit that other forum you can see the message I left. :p

    On route from the other side of the world.
     
  4. dirkmirk

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    Brings up another interesting point for the lower end machines you could possibly run a FX5200/5500 PCI card with Nglide..... Do you happen to know how CPU intensive Nglide is? I'll have to drag out some benchmarks for my Pentium 2(PRO) overdrive @ 350mhz, this could possibly remove the need for a 3DFX card in a retro machine although in a strange way it is bringing software emulation into retro hardware which might defeat the purpose:Paranoid:.
     
  5. philscomputerlab

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    I have not done any CPU or GPU scaling tests, so you're on uncharted territory here :)

    My gut though tells me that 350 MHz is not going to cut it :(
     
  6. shane41

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    The Matrox video was very interesting Phil.
    Seem as an underated or forgotten video card these days for mainstream.

    But...still can match the voodoo3 in fps
     
  7. dirkmirk

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    I think your right, I doubt theirs much work offloaded to the GPU.
     
  8. elvis

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    Finally taking some time to play through the Shantae series, starting with the GBC original first before I hit up the newer ones.

    Pretty good little homage to the various Wonder Boy / Monster World titles, with a bit of "Zelda II" thrown in. Interesting that the "dungeons" are quite easy (more puzzle focussed), and the travelling between areas so much harder from the perspective of fighting enemies.

    Amazing game for the Gameboy Color too. Incredibly detailed and well animated sprites considering the low end hardware.
     
  9. atmo

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    Started testing my new SS7 dos build running an AX59Pro with a K6-2+ 400.

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  10. philscomputerlab

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    Lovely setup you got there :)

    I use the same mouse for retro gaming!
     
  11. shane41

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    Haha my stone cold dead Soyo Dragon now a runner. :D
    My Day just keeps getting better............

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    * Atari Joe.....looky here " won your slot A x2 months ago :tongue: *
    Must be hiding under a rock, dropping hints all over the place
     
  12. Sektor

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    Some posts went missing...

    I went back to Savers but that AT case gone, not surprising, it was a bargain.
     
  13. shane41

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    Not mater matey :thumbup: " thinks to ones self, fakk me $7.99 "

    Don't do it again :tongue:
     
  14. philscomputerlab

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    Didn't do much lately. Mucked around with the Mist AGA cores, but was a bit disappointed with the AGA games. They aren't really that impressive. The pinball games are nice, but most other games are a bit meh.

    The Amiga 500 classics are definitely much more my thing.

    Want to do something with Windows XP again :) Got a new hard drive bay that I want to review, I think it will end up going into a set Windows XP benchmark machine. I find that it's not that easy to find Windows XP benchmarks that compare cards like a 6600 GT with a GT 610 or something like that.

    I'm 90% sure I'll build an AMD system because I have one board that does SLI and CF and a FX-6300 would be plenty for XP games up to 2006 or so.
     
  15. shane41

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    If you guys ever visit that " other forum " some of my latest hardcore in there fs :Pirate:

    + Flaming Joes part was won months ago Nice board & processor like he asked for :tongue:
     
  16. atmo

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    Should be interesting to see how they compare.

    The FX-6300 will be overkill, as later XP era games didn't scale much past two cores. At least you can be sure it won't be CPU bottlenecked. :lol:

    I found an E6600 was enough to maintain a constant 60+fps for later games like FEAR and Quake4, switching to a Q6600 didn't really help FPS at all. I still need to test whether it helps RTS games like Supreme Commander etc.
     
  17. philscomputerlab

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    Yea overkill is good :)

    The idea is that this is a GPU test, so there will be very demanding settings. But also some settings for the lower cards.
     
  18. atmo

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    Bit of quick DOS benching, PIII 550 (440BX) vs K6-2+ 550 (VIA MVP).

    For both I used 128mb PC133 (both BIOS set at CAS3), V3 3000, AWE32, SD-IDE adapter, DOS 6.22 & Phil's DOS benchmark pack.

    PIII

    3DBench: 324
    PCPBench: 146
    Doom: 119
    Quake 320x200 103
    Quake 640x480 21

    K6-2+

    3DBench: 432
    PCPBench: 166
    Doom: 136
    Quake 320x200 87
    Quake 640x480 23

    I was surprised the K6 was able to pull ahead so far in some of the tests, especially beating the PIII at 640x480 in Quake.


    I've also tested a handful of AGP cards in Quake at 640x480 on the K6 setup.

    V3 3000 was the fastest I tested and also supports 400x300 and 512x384 VESA resolutions.

    TNT, TNT2 M64, TNT2 Ultra, MX400 and MX440 were evenly matched and around .1-.2 FPS slower than the V3 3000. None of the Nvidia cards VESA BIOS supported 400x300 or 512x384.

    Matrox G400 matched the Nvidia cards. Like the Nvidia cards it doesn't have VESA support for 400x300 or 512x384.

    ATI RAGE Pro Turbo, Radeon 7500 and 8500 were identical, all around 2 FPS slower than the V3. These supported 400x300 and 512x384.

    Still to test are S3 Trio, Kyro, Voodoo Banshee etc.
     
  19. philscomputerlab

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    Nice work.

    It was great seeing how 3dfx made such an awesome 2D core and bested the other companies in what they have been doing for years :)
     
  20. shane41

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    Nice Atmo.

    Must go chop wood, you know winter. :p Be back august.
     

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