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    Greetings - has anyone looked at / tried to run MAME on one of these?

    Picked up a few of these 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
    Last edited by TheWedgie; 9th January 2008, 08:54 AM.

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    You'll struggle with Metal Slug I think.

    If you target the really old classics then you'll be fine.
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    • #3
      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.
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      • #4
        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

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        • #5
          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.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by TheWedgie View Post
            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).
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            • #7
              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

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              • #8
                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.
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                • #9
                  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.

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                  • #10
                    I hope your still at least going to try it. I would like to see some actual concrete results running MAME on this hardware.
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                    • #11
                      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.

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                      • #12
                        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

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                        • #13
                          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...
                          Always interested in Retro and Current gaming

                          https://www.gamedude.com.au

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by GameDude View Post
                            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.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by GameDude View Post
                              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!

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