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Benchmarking the 1541 Disk Drive (and others)

TL;DR:¬†Today I’ve released a C64 tool:¬†CBM Disk Transfer Benchmark.

Please don’t make any more YouTube videos measuring load times with smartphone stopwatch apps. Thanks!

Read below for my ruminations.

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The 1541 disk drive that my family got along with a Commodore 64 and 1702A monitor was slow. Really slow. The slow speed of the 1541 disk drive is legendary. I won’t go into the whole backstory from Commodore, but what it meant in my house was that most of the games we had on disk took a very long time to load.

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