Oddball PC

Performa

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Recommended by eBay, shame it's all the way in Italy with a blown up battery. Really like the look of this one all the same. Listing is HERE.

 

PS2it

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That is an odd case design, not quite as odd as some of the HighScreen cases, but it’s up there.

Too bad about the board too, looks like a 386 board with a TI486DLC chip, basically a rebranded Cyrix 486 that plugs into a 386 socket.
 

Performa

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That is an odd case design, not quite as odd as some of the HighScreen cases, but it’s up there.

Too bad about the board too, looks like a 386 board with a TI486DLC chip, basically a rebranded Cyrix 486 that plugs into a 386 socket.
I was wondering about the CPU. I guess I'd heard that TI had made a few PC processors under license, but I hadn't heard of this one.
 

PS2it

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I was wondering about the CPU. I guess I'd heard that TI had made a few PC processors under license, but I hadn't heard of this one.
I believe I’ve actually got that backwards, TI was the manufacturer, Cyrix relabeled them and sold them.

I think I’ve got one of these that I pulled from a non-working board at some point. Not sure if mine is a 33 or 40 MHz variant, either way, even with L1 cache disabled they both are a step above the 40 MHz 386.
 
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Performa

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I believe I’ve actually got that backwards, TI was the manufacturer, Cyrix relabeled them and sold them.

I think I’ve got one of these that I pulled from a non-working board at some point. Not sure if mine is a 33 or 40 MHz variant, either way, even with L1 cache disabled they both are a step above the 40 MHz 386.
Really cool that there was a way to turn a 386 PC into a 486. I wonder how power consumption and heat output compared with the 386- I don't suppose there was too much concern about that when they were new. I appreciate the insight sir!
 
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