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TT VME Bus Fix - Does it really make it faster?

posted Jul 21, 2018, 7:24 AM by Joshua Kaijankoski
So I decided to attempt the VME Bus Fix as per Atari's rework procedure. The fix saves 1 clock cycle per transfer so it just might be faster. Before I did that, I took screenshots of two benchmarks:



I have a 2MB Mach 64. Only NVDI 5.03 and Idek's Nova drivers are loaded. Reference is the exact same setup and system sans Mach64. The Mach64 @ 1280x1024x256 colors is pretty much as fast as TT High. That says a lot. The ET4000 is faaar behind. 

Here is the same setup after the VME Bus Fix. First result is vs the first screenshot above. The rest are with the same TT High reference.

So the results are pretty conclusive and somewhat expected. Wasn't expecting huge differences but discernable gains. Average results are not affected that much but looking at single tests the gains are 1-3% faster. This is with gfx card. I don't know how it saturates the VME bus. Which is why I tried 16bit color as well. I haven't installed Lightning yet, I wonder what speed differences we would see with USB file transfer.
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