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Playing through Quake on 30 different system configurations.

Watch video: Bigeye #1: i486 DX2
May 22, 2020 - Bigeye is fully moving itself into Razorback, all in the form it should have been in the first place. The annotations have been moved down into the description so they don't obstruct the gameplay footage. No more shoddy tie-ups and no more stupid letterboxing, just pure Quake!

Watch video: Bigeye #2: Gateway 2000 P5-133
May 22, 2020 - Now we're really taking off! One would guess Quake's frame rate on a 133MHz CPU as opposed to a 66MHz one would be somewhere around 15 FPS, but that is not the case. The Pentium's strong FPU makes it ideal for Quake.

Watch video: Bigeye #3: Asus P/I-P55TP4N
May 23, 2020 - This machine is largely the same as the last, but managed to pull ahead three frames per second. How so? It's all thanks to the 256KB of L2 cache installed on this system.

Watch video: Bigeye #4: Asus P/I-P6NP5
May 23, 2020 - If you wanted passage into the elite realm of computing in mid 1996, you would get a Pentium Pro system. These CPUs are powerhouses to be respected, not scrapped for fake ass money.

Watch video: Bigeye #5: Cyrix 6x86 PR166+
May 24, 2020 - What happened? After seeing some Pentium CPUs at work, suddenly we're burdened with something that struggles a bit with Quake. It turns out Socket 7 CPUs from other manufacturers don't have FPUs that can match up with the Pentium.

Watch video: Bigeye #6: SiS 5598 Chipset Graphics
May 24, 2020 - Of course, there were many other Socket 7 chipsets coming from different manufacturers. Some of them are known to have various quirks and may not be as reliable as Intel chipsets, but the most noteworthy ones might be those with video adapters integrated into the chipset.

Watch video: Bigeye #7: Pentium MMX on Windows 95B
May 24, 2020 - Welcome to the future! Some people thought Intel would force everyone to adopt the Pentium Pro eventually, but that just didn't work out. Instead, consumers were given a sort of "Pentium 1.5" at the start of 1997, which included the new MMX instruction set.

Watch video: Bigeye #7a: 3dfx Voodoo
May 24, 2020 - 3dfx popularized 3D acceleration for x86 PCs. Not only did the Voodoo make games look better, it also often made them run faster. The first Voodoo is kind of slow, but trust me... next episode, you'll see a multitude of computers absolutely flying through this game.

Watch video: Bigeye #8: Am5x86 - the 133MHz 486
May 29, 2020 - If you've gone back to watch my videos from 2014, you might know about this gem... essentially, the Am5x86 is a 486 CPU which runs at twice the speed of a DX2. It compares itself against a 75MHz Pentium in integer operations.

Watch video: Bigeye #9: nVidia RIVA 128
May 29, 2020 - Look what we have here, one of the first AGP video cards! This thing came in a small form factor, yet delivered competent 3D acceleration, especially with the help of a dedicated graphics bus first seen in Intel's 440LX chipset.

Watch video: Bigeye #10: 3dfx Voodoo2 SLI
May 30, 2020 - ...but did you really need the AGP bus for super fast 3D acceleration? Perhaps other PCI-based 3D accelerators were just inefficient, for the Voodoo2 is able to deliver 3D acceleration on the dated PCI bus, even outclassing many AGP cards of the time!

Watch video: Bigeye #11: ATI Rage 128
May 30, 2020 - The ATI Rage 128 is a pretty good 3D card, but doesn't it seem like it should be a little less choppy? There's a number of things holding it back here.

Watch video: Bigeye #12: Quake on Windows NT!
May 30, 2020 - Who said Windows NT isn't suited for gaming? This often overlooked operating system is a real powerhouse, super robust and fun to use. It's doesn't quite have all the perks of Windows 95, but it's ideal if you're not concerned about running a lot of games.

Watch video: Bigeye #13: Athlon + Voodoo3
May 30, 2020 - While this computer doesn't have the exact same specs it did back then, I can tell you this thing held out a long time, back when my family used it every day from 2000 to 2005. Even when it was bogged down by a lot of things in its later years, it was still usable.

Watch video: Bigeye #14: Tualatin + Voodoo5
May 30, 2020 - 3dfx was poised to bring out further innovations to the 3D gaming market, but executive mismanagement prevented its full potential from being seen, and the company went bankrupt well after its VSA-100 models were released.

Watch video: Bigeye #15: Am5x86 and 3D Acceleration
June 13, 2020 - Yes, even 486 loyalists can make use of teh Voodoo2 with a PCI board handy! Given how badly the 486 is crippled by Quake, this thing does a damn fine job giving it the extra frame rate it sorely needs to become playable.

Watch video: Bigeye #16: 233MHz 1MB Pentium Pro
June 13, 2020 - The CPU used here is not as prone to being scrapped by the wrong hands due to its blacktop design as opposed to the heavy gold top incarnations, but it is also harder to find because it was really only made for the highest end servers of 1997.

Watch video: Bigeye #17: 315MHz Pentium MMX
June 13, 2020 - If the 315MHz clock doesn't sound impressive enough, know that this is no ordinary Pentium MMX. It is an unusual sample that's able to sustain this speed without objection at 2.9V - only 0.1V higher than the stock voltage!

Watch video: Bigeye #18: 533MHz Mendocino Celeron
June 13, 2020 - A GeForce is in place here, so why is software rendering being used? Just hang in there, I'll get to the part where I show this card's 3D capabilities. For now, I want to focus on the CPU being used here.

Watch video: Bigeye #19: The Fastest AT Computer
June 13, 2020 - Okay, so this might not truly be the fastest AT computer ever, but it's definitely up there. I could install a 1.4GHz Pentium III here, but that would require overclocking the 440BX's FSB to 133MHz, which I have not had good luck doing.

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