This is kind of cool...
This is kind of cool: surfing the web on my 33MHz 68040 based Quadra 950.
I gotta tell ya, browsing the web on an unupgraded Quadra 950 is not nearly as painful as I thought it would be. The iCab browser does a very respectable job of rendering webpages and everything looks, for the most part, as it would on a more modern browser, on a more modern computer.
Sure, the Quadra 950 is a little sluggish in actually putting the webpages on the screen, but once it does, it's truly breathtaking. I've been looking into acceleration options for this Quadra and I think I may have come up with a decent combination that will make websurfing on the Quadra a much more pleasant experience.
I don't want to pursue any of the PPC upgrade options that are available for this machine; I want to keep it 100% 68k. I've discovered that logic board for the 950 can be clockchipped to provide something between a 15 and 50% boost in performance. I've also discovered that the addiction of 128KB level-2 cache can boost performance by as much as 20%.
I think that boosting the speed of the machine through a clockchip will give me a little better processing performance, the addition of the cache will let the faster processor receive data faster, and if I had an accelerated video card to one of the Nubus slots, I should, hopefully, see a bit of a boost in image rendering. I'm hoping that these enhancements will make this Quadra 950 a half decent web surfing machine.
Now I know that this machine will probably never be able to handle Java, Flash animations, or any of the other cool stuff that burdens the 68k Macintosh computers, but it's just so cool to still be able to surf the web on this machine -- and to do it with images enabled.