Subject: Re: Best Pent Motherboard?
To: None <port-i386@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Klaus Weber <>
List: port-i386
Date: 09/08/1996 20:18:43
Mister Gandalf <> writes:

>What's the best Pentium MB, SCSI controller, and video for NetBSD &

Well, "best" obviously depends on how much money you want to spend, and
what you want to do with your machine. Here is what I use (with NetBSD):

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-586HX, with 512 kByte L2 cache.    (my nameserver currently canīt resolve 
                                  the name :-<. It used to there, though. 
                                  Another Gigabyte page is at
   Likes: - good compatibility (according to the german cīt-magazine)
          - good performance   (cīt again)
          - 6 PS/2 RAM sockets
          - 512 kB L2 cache (optional)
          - ability to add an additonal tag-ram-chip to expand the 
            cacheable area from 64 MB to 512 MB. (with some/most other
            boards your 2nd level cache will not be used for all memory
            beyond 64 MB)
          - 4xPCI, 4xISA
          - PS/2 mouse port
   Dislikes: - The manual sucks. If you have some experience with BIOS
               setups, you probably wonīt have problems, though.

SCSI host adapter: Adaptec AHA-2940, also available in ultra-wide-flavours.
   Likes: - good compatibility
          - good performance
          - Easy to install & setup
   Dislikes: - A bit expensive (but then, you get what you pay for)

Gfx board: Elsa Winner 2000 AVI with 4 MB VRAM (uses S3 968).
   Likes: - good compatibility
          - good performance
          - good drivers for other (inferior :-) operating systems:
            windows 3.x, windows 95, OS/2, windows NT (this may or may
            be important for you)
          - well supported by XFree86
   Dislikes: - No hardware-3D support (again, this may or may not be 
               important for you)
(JFYI: Iīm using a 1152x900 screen mode in 24 bit with 86 Hz refresh. 
Still fast enough for a comfortable opaque-move.)

If AccelleratedX is an option for you (and maybe even if not, see for details) you might
want to check out the Matrox Millenium.

>Thanks, Mister Gandalf.

Hope this helps,