'95-'99 PC Comparisons

     In an attempt to compare Personal Computer (PC) technology from November of 1998, when the Sega Dreamcast launched in Japan, through March 2000, when the Playstation 2 (PS2) launched in Japan, 3DMark 2000 and 2001 results will be posted in a multi-part comparison feature.  The test PC specifications are as follows:

P2B, P3B-F
Intel 440BX based Motherboards 1 2

Lifespan: 1998-2002 (P2B), 1999-2002 (P3B-F)3
CPUs Tested: Slot 1: Celeron 300A, PIII 500,
PIII 800E (P3B Only)
CPU Cache: 300A: 32KB L1, 128KB L2
PIII 500: 32KB L1, 512KB L2
PIII 800E: 32KB L1, 256KB L2
Co-Processors: BIOS: Award Modular 4.51PG (P2B) & Award Medallion 6.0 Revision 1008 Beta 004 (P3B-F)
Intel 82440BX ISA/PCI/AGP Set
100Mhz Front Side Bus (FSB)
North Bridge:
Intel 82443BX
South Bridge:
Intel 82371EB PIIX4E
IDE Controller:
Intel 82371AB/EB PCI Bus Master IDE
PCI Add-Ons:
Promise Ultra133 TX2 IDE
3Com EtherLink
ISA Add-Ons:
Creative SoundBlaster Awe64
Video Cards Tested: AGP/PCI:
Matrox Mystique 220 8MB, Matrox M3D 4MB PowerVR PCX2, Diamond Monster 3D Voodoo 4MB, Nvidia Riva TNT 16MB, 3dfx Voodoo 3 3500 16MB,
Diamond ViperV770 TNT2 Ultra 32MB, Geforce 256 32MB, GeForce2 MX/400 32MB, Hercules 3D Prophet 64MB,
Ati Radeon 7500 64MB
 Test Resolutions: 640x480, 1024x768
RAM: 256MB P2B, 320MB P3B-F PC100
RAM FSB Bandwidth: 64-bit,
Video RAM: 8MB-64MB
Video RAM Bandwidth:  
Audio RAM: 8KB
Colors On Screen:
VGA 8-bit, 16-bit, 32-bit RGB
Storage: Floppy Drive: GENERIC NEC
Disk Drive: MAXTOR 6 L080L4
(80 GB, 7200 RPM, Ultra-ATA/133) 4
Optical Drives: NEC NR-7900A (24x/10x/40x CD-RW)
(16x/48x DVD-ROM)

Intel Warm Springs 440BX Proprietary PC

Lifespan: 1999-2000 5
CPUs Tested: Slot 1: PIII 500
CPU Cache: PIII 500: 32KB L1, 512KB L2
Co-Processors: BIOS: PhoenixBIOS 4.0 Release 6.0
Intel 82440BX ISA/PCI/AGP Set:
100Mhz Front Side Bus (FSB)
North Bridge:
Intel 82443BX
South Bridge:
Intel 82371EB PIIX4E
On Board Audio:
Ensoniq Tabor2
PCI Add-Ons:
Promise Ultra133 IDE
Realtek RTL8169/8110 Family
Gigabit Ethernet
ISA Add-Ons:
Video Cards Tested: AGP/PCI:
Matrox Mystique 220 8MB PCI
Nvidia Riva TNT 16MB
3dfx Voodoo 3 16MB
Diamond ViperV770 TNT2 Ultra 32MB
Nvidia GeForce 2 MX/400 32MB
Ati Radeon 7500 64MB
Test Resolutions: 640x480, 1024x768
RAM: 256MB PC133 @ 100Mhz
RAM FSB Bandwidth: 64-bit,
Video RAM: 8MB-64MB
Video RAM Bandwidth:  
Audio RAM: 64 KB
Colors On Screen:
VGA 8-bit, 16-bit, 32-bit RGB
Storage: Floppy Drive:  GENERIC NEC
Disk Drives:  WDC AC31 3500D
(13.4 GB, 5400 RPM, EIDE) 6
(10.2 GB, 5400 RPM, EIDE) 7
Optical Drive: HP CD-Writer+ 9300 (10x/4x/24x CD-RW)
































Video Comparisons and Benchmarks

     Here are some videos of PC benchmarks from '98-'99 hardware. They were recorded in an ongoing process to document all of the hardware, and their respective performance, owned locally. Eventually this may result in a comprehensive video comparison or each CPU and Graphics card that has been archived here, along with a comparison when applicable to Console ports of the same games.


  1. 1. Asus P2B Manual
  2. 2. Asus P3B-F Manual
  3. 3. Span from initial release year to year of final bios revision.
  4. 4. http://www.seagate.com/support/internal-hard-drives/desktop-hard-drives/...
  5. 5. Span from initial release year to year of final bios revision.
  6. 6. http://www.wdc.com/en/products/legacy/Legacy.asp?r=1
  7. 7. http://www.wdc.com/en/products/legacy/Legacy.asp?r=2

Dead or Alive 2
DeveloperTeam Ninja (Green Ranger [Final Hack])
Genre3D Fighter, Tiered Levels, Sexual Overtones
CritiqueCounter Attack Trumps All Combos
RegionNorth America
Release Date3/2000
In Library Complete

Shenmue III Kickstarter

Ys Net Kickstarter Page

While it looks like it is already funded, after only one night, we need to keep in mind that a fully functional modern HD story based game starts at 10 million dollars and goes up from there. So spread the word!

That is, unless we want an "indie" Shenmue III, spread the word and get the GREAT Yu Suzuki, Tak Hirai and the rest of Ys Net Inc to make the Shenmue III we should have had on the Dreamcast or Xbox back in 2002-03!


More info from Businesswatch.com

Production Members
    Producer and Director       Yu Suzuki
    Co-producer       Cédric Biscay
    Creative Director       Tak Hirai
    Main Scenario Writer       Masahiro Yoshimoto
    Main Character Design       Kenji Miyawaki
    Planning and Development       Ys Net Inc
    Licensed by       SEGA Games Co., Ltd.
        Promotion       Shibuya Productions
        Development       Neilo Inc.
        Kickstarter Project Support       Awesome Japan, Inc.
        Promotional Video Director       Kenji Itoso

Original Game©SEGA ©Ys Net



Ys Net Inc
Masae Nakagawa, +81-3-6459-3377
Press Kit: https://goo.gl/jc2cFz

Sonic Adventure
DeveloperSonic Team
Genre3D Action, Platforming, Adventure, Shooting
Critique30 FPS with dips to 15 FPS, Occasional Camera Glitches
RegionNorth America
Release Date9/1999
In Library Complete

Tokyo Xtreme Racer
Genre3D Racer, Real World Highway, Car Clubs, Tuning
Critique60 FPS with slowdown/pop up
RegionNorth America
Release Date9/1999
In Library Complete

Castlevania - Genesis-SNES - Music Comparison

All tracks are recorded from a SNES model 1 RCA output and a Genesis Model 1 HDG Headphone to Sega CD 1 RCA output.

Remixed Arcade/NES Castlevania tunes:

Super Castlevania IV Track 1 "Simon's Theme"

Bloodlines Track 20 "Simon's Theme"

Adventures of Batman & Robin, The
SystemSega Genesis
GenreSide Scrolling Fighting, Throwing Weapons, Cooperative 2-Player
RegionNorth America
Release Year1995
In Library Complete
In LibraryGame Only

Soundtrack - Genesis 1 HDG:

Track 2

Level1 Boss

Track 3

Track 9

Track 11

Back on track

Sorry for the delay folks, not that an "archive" site like GP even cares about down time. "Why were you down GP?" one probably would not ask. Two local computers failed, but fortunately none of the drives failed except one, which was not a storage disk. GP also had to change hosting plans, which disconnected the website until now.

Strider 2
Genre2.5D Action Platformer, Arcade Adaptation
Critique30 fps
RegionNorth America
Format1 CD
Release Date7/2000

 S-Video - Full Screen Dithering

Tenchu 2: Birth of the Assassins
GenreThird Person Action, Stealth, Inventory/Magic Management
RegionNorth America
Release Date8/2000
In Library Complete

S-Video - Full Screen Dithering

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