|Originally posted by gsferrari
Has anyone tried to run a 3D Mark 2003 on one of those
Funny you should ask that. I had one of these (or the equivalent Australian model - the DG640) and the equivalent 3D mark for the time (early 1980's) was the ability to run Processor Technology's Target game (do a google on Sol-20).
Based on the 64 x 16 line screen we would probably get an equivalent 3D Mark 2003 of say 10
. What was really amazing though was just after the IMSI was released a company called Objective Technology released a S-100 Programmable Graphics Card (PGC) which gave you an effective resolution of 640 x 256 (this is in the early 1980's). They had a two player Star Wars game which used to run in 3D with 2 sub windows showing you the views from the two ships each. The top half of your screen showed the overall game play. I still have the game consoles I hand built for the program. All this was on a 4 Mhz Z-80 and played in real-time. Awesome for its day. I would give it a 3D mark of at least 500 in equivalent 2003 terms
Oh yes, the video card was hand built, none of this plated thru crap, I had to solder links both sides of the board
Them were the days when real hackers strode the earth and uttered a strange language called hex and lived in the dark corners of the garage from which eminated the smells of molten solder and the eerie glow of converted TV sets displaying incomprehensible lines of scribbled assembly code. And the sound of old KSR-33 teletypes clattering away in the background laboriously printing page after page of disassembled code only decipherable to those strange people conversant in the archaic ways of the HL register.
From the row of hypnotic red LED's and contorted switch banks first rose the boot EPROM and the gee whiz basic, but the Basic sought the dark side and became borg - Gatus of Borg. All was not lost for out of the fabled mainframe came Thompson - Ken Thompson and his disciple Dennis, and they brought forth (well forth was someone else's idea, anyway), they brought forth the saviour to the evil of Basic and the dark side. It became known as the Unix and it spoke C. The Unix fought against the evil one, but the evil one had tricked the population and they supported the evil one. But there came from the frozen north a new saviour and he gave his name to the fight - no not Torvalds - it was his first name Linus. And from the other frozen end of the world came the flightless bird to give form to the new saviour and the Tovalds saw it was good and the name became Linux and the form became the Penguin.
Time for my medication I think
Edit: oh look my 200th post. A wOOt and a banana