For fun I stuck the very last DOS version of CCS64 (2.0b, ~2001) and the latest DOS VICE (current!) on my P233 MMX. I'm really impressed with how well this thing does! Gaming is no problem, was quickly running my old favourites at full framerate without any issues. VICE choked initially on Wonderland XII by Censor Design
- the most complicated thing I could think to throw at it - but with some tweaking of settings I got it to go acceptably, though it still slows down in parts.
CCS on the other hand is extremely fast and responsive, but it's old enough that it doesn't support some of the more insane new hacks and effects the C64 community have developed. It won't run Wonderland XII or Coma Light 13
, but I tried some ca. 2008 graphical demos which it did great with. It chewed through the infamous 3D part in Edge of Disgrace
like nothing. I seem to remember getting nowhere NEAR full framerate in that on the 1.4 GHz Athlon XP(?) machine that was my primary gaming rig until a couple years ago.
Amazing how much raw horsepower the move to GUIs and multitasking ate up. DOSUAE is demanding a mouse, which I don't have on this machine, but I'll be trying that soon. I vaguely remember having semi-decent results emulating an A500 under DOS on my old 5x86 back in the day.
Anyone have other reccomendations for things I could try? Looks like there are some decent MSX emulator options for DOS too. Wonder if I can get it to do a Yamaha CX7M with working MIDI and FM?