Pentium 200 MHz Review for DOS Gaming


Hey guys how’s it going. My name is Phil welcome to PhilsComputerLab. Today we’re having a look at another iconic processor. It is the intel Pentium 200. The processor launched in June of 1996 for the socket seven and have to P54CS core. The processor uses a 66 megahertz external frequency with 3x multiplier giving it a 200 megahertz internal frequency. The processor has 16 KB of Level one Cache. It requires a core voltage of 3.3 volts. The processor was quite expensive back in the day, it launched the price of 599 US dollars. Today this processor is quite cheap. I hade to look the other day and you’re looking at around 15 to 20 Australian dollars on the ebay and that includes shipping. In a previous video we put together a Cyrix 6×86 DOS retro gaming pc. Here are the system configurations and we’re going to use the exact same system all i have to do is swap out the processor and reconfigured the front side bus, the multiplier and CPU voltage. Let’s go straight into the benchmarks first up we’ve got 3DBench 1.0c Here we can see the Cyrix taking the lead. Whatever the reason 3D Bench runs really well on the Cyrix. Chris’s 3DBench runs faster on the Pentium 200, we’re looking at a score 144 compare 116. PC Player Benchmark at the 320 x 240 resolution also runs a little bit faster on the Pentium 200. Wolfenstein 3D runs really well on both machines, still the cyrix is actually able to be beat the Pentium which is quite interesting. In Doom the Pentium 200 pulls a little bit ahead but both processes offer a really smooth experience, remember the game is capped at 35 FPS. In Quake we can see that this Cyrix suffers because of the weak floating point unit. The Intel Pentium 200 is miles ahead it is really quite a difference. Let’s have a look at some actual gameplay we’ve got Tomb Raider running at 640 x 480, and while it runs a little bit smoother compared to the Cyrix, it is still quite choppy so it’s not a perfect experience, we definitely need something a lot more powerful to run this game smootly at 640 x 480. The same goes for System Shock. It does run a little bit smoother and it’s not quite as choppy compared to the Cyrix, but once again it’s far from optimal. The next few games have an FPS counter built-in. First up we got Duke Nukem 3D at 640 x 480, this is right at the beginning of the game and we can see the Intel Pentium 200 pulls a little bit ahead with the frame rate of 41 compared to 33. In Descent 2 a similar pattern emerges at 640 x 480 right at the beginning of the game we’re getting a frame rate of 33 on the Pentium 200 compared to only 23 on the Cyrix And the last game is Wing Commander IV the frame rates on the screen, these are the worst-case scenarios when you’re inside of the large ship within the second level on the flight deck. Once you get out of into space both processors run the game fine at 24 FPS but i thought why not include something that is extremely challenging so we have a bit of a benchmark for some of the faster processors down the track. We also got the results with the Caches turned off so you just go to the BIOS and turn off L1 and L2 Cache and you basically got yourself a 386. The Pentium 200 is quite a bit slower than the Cyrix, we’re looking at 10.4 FPS compared to 14.9 in 3D Bench 1.0 And in Wolfenstein 3D that translates to a performance of 23.5 compared to 28.9. And of of course I’ve done the Wing Commander test Turned off the Caches, tried Wing Commander and the game runs beautiful. Just the perfect speed, not too slow, not too fast even if you’re down to the last enemy. Looking at the benchmarks we can clearly see that the Pentium 200 is faster than The Cyrix 6×86 PR200+, However games that struggled on the Cyrix, especially the games at 640 x 480 are still struggling on the Pentium 200. Back in the Day, the Pentium 200 was actually a really saught after Processor and if you had a Pentium 133 for example and you were stuck on an older motherboard that didn’t support the more modern dual voltage design that example the Pentium MMX uses, then you were looking at the Pentium 200 as a really nice upgrade option but the Pentium 200 came out pretty late in the game and cost quite a bit at 599 US dollars launch price it was certainly not cheap and it was often cheaper or similar price to get a new motherboard and an MMX running at 166 MHz. The processor is also extremely compatible with motherboards I doubt you will find a socket 7 motherboard that does not work with this chip. Looking on eBay this processor doesn’t cost a fortune and it is still readily available. That’s it guys, thanks for watching and as always subscribe to my channel if you haven’t done so hit the like or the dislike button depending on how you feel about this video and give me some feedback down below always eager to hear from you and I’ll see you soon in another video.

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