I have received a 386 mainboard with OPTI chipset. Possibly an early model, since it does not support cache.

The chipset is labeled "82C381P" and "Chipset2".

OPTi 386 Mainboard

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    She's a beauty. Looks Taiwanese to me. Take her measurements and find her a nice tower to live in.
    – Brian H
    Jun 18, 2018 at 15:16
  • Are there any other markings on the board itself? That may be a clue to helping figure out the manufacturer/model.
    – gen_Eric
    Jun 18, 2018 at 17:12
  • Also, what speed is the board? I'm guessing 25Mhz or 33Mhz?
    – Geo...
    Jun 18, 2018 at 17:38
  • I can't find any markings on the board. On the back is a four digit number, but that looks pretty generic. The CPU is 33 MHz.
    – Arne
    Jun 18, 2018 at 19:17

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This is my best guess, but it looks really close. Could it be a Gigabyte GA-386PS?

This block diagram looks very similar:

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I couldn't find the actual manual, but there are some jumper setting and connector details here

  • This looks really close!
    – Arne
    Jun 18, 2018 at 19:17
  • I wonder what S1 is. It is supposedly a memory card slot... a quick search turned up nothing.
    – Arne
    Jun 18, 2018 at 19:29
  • @Arne It seems to be a slot for external cache (Gigabyte-specific). Odd that it's so far from the CPU though. Jun 18, 2018 at 20:18
  • I think it would be remiss not to start from the observation that S1 has the exact same pin count and layout as the 16-bit ISA slots. That could just be because they were ordering those connectors anyway, of course.
    – Tommy
    Jun 18, 2018 at 20:27
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    @Tommy A few things make me think it's for cache. 1) The 386 could use external cache modules 2) The modules weren't standardized 3) Gigabyte (still) offers a cache configuration utility for download (this implies that cache is supported but not included on the board) 4) There don't appear to be any cache memory chips on the board 5) The slot is right by the DRAMs 6) The linked document claims this is a 32-bit slot which seems sensible for cache of that era Jun 18, 2018 at 20:34

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