View Full Version : Accelerating a IIgs
Jul 24, 2002, 11:17 AM
I've just won an auction on eBay for a ZipGSX accelerator board for the Apple IIgs. It has an 8MHz 65C816 and 16K of cache RAM. (The stock IIgs in "fast" mode runs @ 2.8MHz w/ no cache.) Will post reactions and pics when I receive the unit.
One of the main reasons I got this board is to be able to run Ninjaforce's Megademo (www.ninjaforce.com/html/ products_megademo.html), an apparently rather impressive IIgs demo that requires an accelerator to run at all.
Grabbed it for $112. A pretty good price as far as they generally go on eBay.
Jul 24, 2002, 11:20 AM
wow....and here i was happy cuz i found an apple memory upgrade for the Apple IIgs, that is so much more cooler. mabye there's one of those down in the basement as well lol, not bloodly likely tho.
Jul 24, 2002, 12:19 PM
Here's the machine (http://www.blakespot.com/list/images/gscards.jpg) as it is, sans accelerator. Will take another shot after installing the new board. Apparently the combination of this accelerator and the Focus hard drive in there makes for a rather swiftly booting GS/OS setup.
Jul 24, 2002, 12:21 PM
Can't get enough of those sexy Red boards in there, very nice looking, a fair cry from the standard green.
Jul 24, 2002, 03:35 PM
The ZipGSX is a green board, breaking the only-red-boards trend in there. Looks like Christmas!
The only other board I am potentially on the lookout for is a Mockingboard C or a Phasor soundcard. The Mockingboard was a somewhat well-supported (200+ games/apps) board that had 6 voice sound. It used two of the Yamaha soundchips found in the Atari ST and IBM PCjr. (So it had twice as good sound as the 68000-based Atari ST...but would run in an orig. Apple II).
The quality of either of these boards did not even come anywhere near the IIgs' built in sound, but it worked with 8-bit II software. (Some games that were supported: Ultima IV, Ultima V, Music Construction Set, etc.)
Aug 4, 2002, 12:01 PM
Got the ZipGSX finally.
Here's a shot of it installed:
Still putting it through its paces.