The Old School is Best School contest on OC-ESPORTS enters its fifth round of the year in just a few days time inviting all old timers to bench on AMD’s classic K8 Socket 754 platform coupled with a VGA trip down memory lane with ATi Radeon X800 series graphics cards. Round 5 of the contest runs throughout the month of May and is coupled by a special bonus round that involves running 3DMark01 on Windows 98 (see below).
The key retro flavor in Round 5 is of course AMD’s Socket 754 platform, an affordable option for many of us DIY builders and enthusiasts back in late 2003 and 2004. Eventually superseded by Socket 939 and AM2, Socket 754 was marketed by AMD at the time as a cheaper alternative to it’s socket 939 offerings combining single core processors with single channel memory capabilities.
Also, don’t forget that we’ve also included a special bonus round to accompany Round 5 where the old timers get to revisit 3DMark01 benchmarking on Windows 98 SE. Seeing as the round actually stipulates no hardware limitations, the challenge largely revolves around getting older Win 98 drivers to work with more modern hardware. The bonus stage will not open until the final week of the OSiBS Round 5, giving participants plenty of time to see what they can come up with.