Anyone using an Actix GE32 ISA card?

Anyone using an Actix GE32 ISA card?

Post by bgee » Fri, 28 Oct 1994 23:50:45



My home machine is an ISA-only 486DX-33 & I'm painfulling using a
Trident display card.  The Trident is ok until it starts scrolling an
xterm window, as with a lengthy directory or file cat.  The scroll is
painfully slow.

My work machine has a motherboard S3 implementation & is very fast --
the scrolls flash into place; however, the motherboard & 32-bit slot
implementations benchmark much faster than all the ISA stuff.

I saw a benchmark that indicate the Actix GE32 is some 12 times faster
than the Trident.  I like to get a feel for what real performance
improvement I should expect.

Cheers, Bob
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Anyone using an Actix GE32 ISA card?

Post by Shawn Car » Sat, 29 Oct 1994 02:29:19



>My home machine is an ISA-only 486DX-33 & I'm painfulling using a
>Trident display card.  The Trident is ok until it starts scrolling an
>xterm window, as with a lengthy directory or file cat.  The scroll is
>painfully slow.

>My work machine has a motherboard S3 implementation & is very fast --
>the scrolls flash into place; however, the motherboard & 32-bit slot
>implementations benchmark much faster than all the ISA stuff.

Generally speaking, going from an ET4000 based card to an S3 based
card will make *much* more difference than ISA->VLB.  I used an
Actix GE32+ VLB for a while and was pretty happy with it.  Right
now I'm using an Orchid F1280+ ISA, and if anything, the Orchid
feels slightly faster to me than the Actix.

Quote:>I saw a benchmark that indicate the Actix GE32 is some 12 times faster
>than the Trident.  I like to get a feel for what real performance
>improvement I should expect.

Going to just about any S3 based card will make your system feel
like a screamer if you're used to an ET4000.

-Shawn Carey

 
 
 

1. Boca v.34 & Actix GE32+ upgrade...progress report.

Wednesday I purchased & installed a Boca v.34 modem.  It connected
reliably to 14.4k v.42bis Zyxels, but connections to USR 28.8
v.<everything> were spotty -- fastest was 21.6, slowest was 9.6, with
a couple of connections at 19.2 which resulted in gibberish chars
being received.  After quite a bit of tinkering I discovered the ROM
checksum command reported ERROR.  So, this modem's going back ASAP
Monday.  (Yes, I followed good static-avoidance procedures handling
the board; I handled 2 Digicom modems & 4 video adaptor boards without
hurting them...)

I also installed Actix GraphicsEngine 32+ ISA video adaptors which use
the S3 801 graphics accelerator chip, replacing a Trident 8900C & Oak
1570.  I am quite pleased with the Actix perfromance -- MSWindows runs
noticibly faster, Linux/X is *much* faster.  I got these for $99
ea. plus $8 handling from Kelly at ncx.com.

I was hoping to get the video of my 486DX33 at home running close to
that of my 486DS66 w/ motherboard S3 801 at work.  It's close,
difference is barely perceptable if at all.

The saga continues...
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