OT, but info needed: RAM uprade

From: Bill Pechter <pechter_at_monmouth.com>
Date: Sun Dec 27 21:11:59 1998

> >
> >>The 386sx is a lower pin count 386 that uses a 16 bit bus insted of the
> >>32bit again for lower cost and lower power. Bus bandwith was not half
> >>as it is faster than that.
> >
> >Yeah, but it's still a 'downgrade'. But the 386SX was a fairly good
> >success, and I take back anything bad I said about it. But once again, the
> >386SX didn't give the 386 all it's glory.
> >
> What's better? The 386sx or 386dx. From looking at the suffixes, it
> appears that it would be the sx, but then, wouldn't that make a
> double-downgrade, and screw everyone? I'm just saying this, because I have
> (had - it's now parts) Gateway 386DX/25, and Compaq 386SX/20 (SLT386s/20).
> The Compaq could run more things quicker than the Gateway. Or is my case
> just a freak of nature or because of that majic stuff called Cache?

A 386/SX with Cache could beat a no-cache 386DX... but the DX had
the larger memory address range and a better bandwidth to memory
32 bit rather than 16 bit.

My gateway 386 DX25 (now being scrapped to fit in a 486 or Pentium
motherboard would probably work pretty well compared with the 386SX25

You can pick up a lot of speed with a good cache.

Received on Sun Dec 27 1998 - 21:11:59 GMT

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