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TheWedgie
9th January 2008, 10:38 AM
Greetings - has anyone looked at / tried to run MAME on one of these?

Picked up a few of these (http://www.via.com.tw/en/initiatives/empowered/pc1500_mainboard/) boards, and had planned to slip one into an old NES case I have here, for NES/SNES goodness, but had considered chucking MAME on there as well.

Specs for those too lazy to click:
CPU: 1GHz VIA C3 processor
MEM: 1Gb DDR233
GFX: 64mb Integrated VIA UniChromeTM IGP graphics with AGP interface

I'd only planned on playing a few of the older games, Metal Slug, DonPachi etc.

-Nick

DevoDave
9th January 2008, 12:40 PM
You'll struggle with Metal Slug I think.

If you target the really old classics then you'll be fine.

The Pinny Parlour
9th January 2008, 12:46 PM
I've heard that they are poor for MAME. I haven't had any experience with these. I think the size is great. :)

Try it and please let us know your results.

TheWedgie
9th January 2008, 01:09 PM
Thanks guys. Might give it a crack just setup on the desk here first. Might have to splash some coin and get a better CPU based board.

-Nick

XiTaU
9th January 2008, 01:24 PM
put raine on there it should run no probs it doesnt run neo games but will run dodonpachi and many others. Im sure there is a low processor usage emu which will run neo geo roms if you look around. I know you can run neo geo cd roms in a version of raine that might be another alternate solution.

elvis
9th January 2008, 02:56 PM
I'd only planned on playing a few of the older games, Metal Slug, DonPachi etc.

VIA C3 has piss poor FPU performance. 1GHz without FPU isn't enough to get full frame rate out of DoDonPachi. Minimum for that is around 1.2GHz with a good FPU (say, a Duron or Athlon level chip).

TheWedgie
9th January 2008, 04:02 PM
Thanks elvis - I reckon I'll just leave it as a NES/SNES emulator then... MAME can wait for another system.

(Will have a crack at MAME first tho, just waiting for the RAM)

-Nick

elvis
9th January 2008, 05:02 PM
1GHz C3 should get you full speed Capcom CPS1 and CPS2 I'm pretty sure. Maybe even Neo Geo. Give it a whirl and see how you go.

DoDonPachi was on Cave's middle generation boards, and they had a bit of craziness going on with their 2D sprite manipulation chips, as well as needing a bit of oomph to break the encryption on their bullet pattern chips.

_Dan_
9th January 2008, 05:03 PM
It should be about on par with a Pentium 3 500. The general rule is to half the Mhz and then think of it as a P3. :)

The Pinny Parlour
9th January 2008, 07:50 PM
I hope your still at least going to try it. I would like to see some actual concrete results running MAME on this hardware. :)

XiTaU
9th January 2008, 08:13 PM
as i stated give raine a try also as it requires a whole lot less computing power. Dodonpachi runs great on a pIII 800 and probably would on that system also.

_Dan_
9th January 2008, 10:05 PM
If anyone else is after these, gamedude seams to have some 1.5 gig ITX C3 Via's on his website.
Probably around PIII 800 odd performance.
PM him in the next 10 seconds and I'm sure he will sell you one for a dollar :D

GameDude
10th January 2008, 06:35 AM
Actually I have something better...
EX-Gov Small Form Factor Black desktops.
1Ghz Pentium3
256meg
10gig HDD
Keyboard and mouse ect...

I am selling them out at $49each minimum 2 purchased or $69 each single...

Maybe I will start a thread about them...

elvis
10th January 2008, 07:48 AM
Actually I have something better...
EX-Gov Small Form Factor Black desktops.
1Ghz Pentium3
256meg
10gig HDD
Keyboard and mouse ect...

I am selling them out at $49each minimum 2 purchased or $69 each single...

Maybe I will start a thread about them...

For less than the cost of a USB stick that's a lot of MAME power there. 1GHz PIII with 256MB would cover CPS2, NeoGeo and older without hassles.

You might need to chuck another 128/256MB in there for bigger games - any of the KOF games, DoDonPachi, Gunbird 2, etc all extract out to around 300MB when in use, and MAME needs access to all of the ROM information (swap/virtual memory won't work). But otherwise for the price that's crazy-cheap.

drewcarey
10th January 2008, 11:36 PM
Actually I have something better...
EX-Gov Small Form Factor Black desktops.
1Ghz Pentium3
256meg
10gig HDD
Keyboard and mouse ect...

I am selling them out at $49each minimum 2 purchased or $69 each single...

Maybe I will start a thread about them...

Sounds great, I've sent you a PM!

TheWedgie
1st October 2018, 02:53 PM
Over 10 years later and I've still got these things sitting in the todo box. Outrageous.

ajfclark
1st October 2018, 05:39 PM
Over 10 years later and I've still got these things sitting in the todo box. Outrageous.I realised the other day that my neo geo cab has been a project since 2000. I think I need to move it on before it gets to 20 years of incompleteness.