Back To Past: Cirrus Logic VLB CL-GD5428 with… 1Mb of Graphics Memory!



I found in one of my old cases (powered by an Intel 486 DX 33, yeah!) this Cirrus Logic CL-GD5428-80QC-A video card. This is a VESA Local Bus (VLB) graphics card equiped with the incredible amount of 1Mb of graphics memory (and I’m sure that some young geeks can’t believe that one day, video cards had only 1Mb
of less of memory…). I’m not sure but I believe the only thing that was accelerated was the rendering of some Windows 3.1 widgets…

And here is the PC that was around this Cirrus Logic vga card:


5 thoughts on “Back To Past: Cirrus Logic VLB CL-GD5428 with… 1Mb of Graphics Memory!”

  1. Nido Media

    Wasn’t that from the time where VGA was just emerging and games that didn’t work in the terminal used a staggering four colours?

    I wonder how much we better everything got (for real) since those days. As far as I can see it’s still a trick of playing old enough games on new enough hardware for decent framerates.

    Also, does it work when fit in a regular ISA slot?

  2. Aaron

    HA HA LOL good god i haven’t seen one of those in a long time i used to have one of those along with a vlb ide card and a 486dx4/100 overclocked ofcourse to 4/120 and whoping 16MB of 30pin simms (4x 4MB simms)

  3. HeLLoWorld

    Hello Jérôme! Very pleased to meet you.
    Just a few words after reading this page:

    http://www.game-lab.com/index.php?section=tutorials&section_id=5&p=tutorial&action=showtut&id=245

    Here are the few words:
    Mode 13 was in fact 320*200, ie 64000 bytes.
    320*240 exceed 64KB ( Vram window…and realmode offsets for that matter 😀 ), 320*240 was triggered via mode X derivatives.
    But I guess you know this…

    It’s just my way of saying Hi.

    (On topic : If i’m not mistaken the Vesa local bus was some uncommon proprietary standard. Never saw one but it was said to rock.)

  4. Tio Pepe

    “Wasn’t that from the time where VGA was just emerging and games that didn’t work in the terminal used a staggering four colours?” Nope, that was some 10 years earlier. VGA was pretty mainstream in the early 90s. The 4 colour mode was CGA at a staggering 320×200 but there was also a nice 640×400 EGA with 16 colors.

    What these cards introduced was 16 bit color @ 800×600 (yeah, I know…. WOW). And no, it didn’t work in a regular ISA slot.

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