Esoteric (rare) hardware from the past

Keljian

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I've seen a lot of threads around with some unusual stuff, and I have a bit of an interest in knowing stuff about rare "birds" in the computer hardware scene. I was wondering what kind of things are out there that you all have come across out of the norm.

Here are some examples from the past from me:
ALR 6x6 - 6x pentium pro glue logic beast
Canopus pure3d Voodoo1 - unusual as it had 6mb of memory vs the usual 4
Octek DCA2 (motherboard and ram) - 486 with "cached" memory dimms
Weitek WTL 3167 - Unusual and powerful FPU
Tadpole Alphabook - Alpha AXP powered notebook

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Keljian

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Any of the amiga hardware is quite pricey now
the 3dFX Voodoo 5/6 boards are quite rare
Definitely the "3dfx Rampage boards"
 

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The links that erek posts are in the eBay forum.. I also post in there when I find old stuff going for insane prices.

You can also go looks at the vogons.org forum in the Marvin sections.
 
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Some things in my collection.. all working. Some rare, some not as rare but still awesome. This is just the stuff I've recently took pictures of in the past year.

Voodoo 5 5500 AGP
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...and here it is inside my Shuttle SK series with an AMD Athlon XP 3000+ and a SB Audigy 2 ZS
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Voodoo 3 3000 AGP w/ cooling mod
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Sony Vaio MX (PCV-MSX20) with Minidisc NetMD Drive
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My Voodoo II 12MB SLI build in a Mini-ITX case with dual PCI riser (Via 1GHz ITX board -- around Pentium III 500 speed)
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Pentium MMX 233MHz build I did with an industrial Half-ISA board

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Mach64 ISA
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ATI Graphics Ultra ISA
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Dash OPS-1000 with integrated amber CRT (Intel 486)
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Shuttle Spacewalker w/ Pentium Pro 200MHz
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Ensoniq OTTOR2C ISA Sound Card
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Abit uGuru Panel
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Future Power NewQ Gold
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Toshiba Libretto 110CT
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Sony Vaio VGN-UX280P
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Sony Picturebook PCG-C1VPK
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All three...
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Mini 10" SVGA CRT with my Mini Pentium MMX
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GeForce4 Ti 4600
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ATI X1950XTX Crossfire setup
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Asus nForce 1 motherboard
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Asus Terminator A7VT
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My Intel Core2 Extreme 8800GTX SLI setup..
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AMD Athlon XP 3200+, Abit NF7-S V2.0 with the Ti4600
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MSI P7N Diamond
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Asus Striker Extreme
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WD Raptor X
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GeForce256
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IWILL ZMAXDP Dual Opteron "Shuttle"
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ECS KN1 Extreme
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GeForce256, Quadro 2 Pro (modded to GeForce 2 Ultra specs), GeForce 3 Ti 500
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Voodoo Banshee in one of my rigs
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Sound Blaster AWE64 Gold
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Sound Blaster Pro 2
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The famous Xoxide/Kickboxes High Roller case I won (Coolermaster Mistique modded)
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GeForce FX 5950 Ultra
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New Old Stock Upgradeware Slot-T (last one on Ebay sold for $1200 USD non-boxed/used)
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25MHz Cyrix build
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66MHz 486DX2-66 build
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75MHz Pentium build
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Workspace clean:
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Workspace stacked:
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Random games to play on the other wall:
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It blows my mind a bit that a slot-ket fetches that much money now. Those were super cheap, back in the day... Kinda makes me wonder how much that Socket 7 to Super Socket 7 converter I had would have gone for.

(A daughter board you put in your S7 mainboard CPU socket that had it's own CPU socket, voltage regulator and jumpers. The one I have/had has a K6-3-400 CPU on it, I think; but the pins were all bent up. I might have chucked it, but I don't remember.)
 

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Paltry in comparison lol, I have a Core 2 Q9705 6MB cache that does 4.4GHz.
I ran it at 4.2GHz (so not to harm it) for 9 months.

I found it on Ebay when looking for a quad core.
It was manufactured shortly before Intel moved to Nehalem, it isnt an engineering sample.
 

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Paltry in comparison lol, I have a Core 2 Q9705 6MB cache that does 4.4GHz.
I ran it at 4.2GHz (so not to harm it) for 9 months.

I found it on Ebay when looking for a quad core.
It was manufactured shortly before Intel moved to Nehalem, it isnt an engineering sample.
Found the chip at last:
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I found my stash of chips, pulled from motherboards before they were binned (dont ask).
I wonder if any of these few are delectable.
There are more but are socketed Duron, Athlon64, Celeron, PIII and a slocket II Celeron 600.

AMK K6-2 500
PIII 450 512k slocket
Intel slocket chip 266 66K, 1998

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I had a Shuttle board (maybe the HOT-603?) with the AMD 640 Super Socket 7 chipset that disappeared from Shuttle's website. I dunno what happened, but I guess the product got pulled. Incidentally, I botched the BIOS update on that board, but some time later got an identical board at a new job -- when I broke that one with a water spill in an open case, I was able to swap the bios chip and repair the first one. :D
 

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Some things in my collection.. all working. Some rare, some not as rare but still awesome. This is just the stuff I've recently took pictures of in the past year.

Voodoo 5 5500 AGP
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...and here it is inside my Shuttle SK series with an AMD Athlon XP 3000+ and a SB Audigy 2 ZS
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Voodoo 3 3000 AGP w/ cooling mod
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Sony Vaio MX (PCV-MSX20) with Minidisc NetMD Drive
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My Voodoo II 12MB SLI build in a Mini-ITX case with dual PCI riser (Via 1GHz ITX board -- around Pentium III 500 speed)
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Pentium MMX 233MHz build I did with an industrial Half-ISA board

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Mach64 ISA
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ATI Graphics Ultra ISA
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Dash OPS-1000 with integrated amber CRT (Intel 486)
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Shuttle Spacewalker w/ Pentium Pro 200MHz
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Ensoniq OTTOR2C ISA Sound Card
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Abit uGuru Panel
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Future Power NewQ Gold
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Toshiba Libretto 110CT
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Sony Vaio VGN-UX280P
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Sony Picturebook PCG-C1VPK
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All three...
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Mini 10" SVGA CRT with my Mini Pentium MMX
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GeForce4 Ti 4600
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ATI X1950XTX Crossfire setup
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Asus nForce 1 motherboard
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Asus Terminator A7VT
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My Intel Core2 Extreme 8800GTX SLI setup..
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AMD Athlon XP 3200+, Abit NF7-S V2.0 with the Ti4600
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MSI P7N Diamond
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Asus Striker Extreme
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WD Raptor X
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GeForce256
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IWILL ZMAXDP Dual Opteron "Shuttle"
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ECS KN1 Extreme
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GeForce256, Quadro 2 Pro (modded to GeForce 2 Ultra specs), GeForce 3 Ti 500
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Voodoo Banshee in one of my rigs
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Sound Blaster AWE64 Gold
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Sound Blaster Pro 2
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The famous Xoxide/Kickboxes High Roller case I won (Coolermaster Mistique modded)
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GeForce FX 5950 Ultra
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New Old Stock Upgradeware Slot-T (last one on Ebay sold for $1200 USD non-boxed/used)
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25MHz Cyrix build
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66MHz 486DX2-66 build
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75MHz Pentium build
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Workspace clean:
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Workspace stacked:
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Random games to play on the other wall:
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Wow, now THAT is a PC hardware museum. I especially liked the working full systems. Scrolling through all that was like a trip down memory train for me. Nostalgia overload.

Those slot 1 to socket 370 converters are hilarious to look at. A reminder of this absurd transition period the PC market was going through.
 

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Picked up an Upgradeware XP-TMC, here it is next to my Slot-T.
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FIC VA-503+
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AMD K6-2/500AFX for flashing the motherboard above so I can put my K6-III+ in it.
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Virtual IO i-Glasses VGA interface box and Composite adapter for the VR glasses... now I just need a set of the glasses if anyone has some they would like to sell.
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A crapload of RAM/CPU's I snagged from work we were throwing away. There's everything from 128MB PC133-ECC up to 8GB ECC DDR3 sticks. Processors range from a 486 DX2/66 up to 6 core 1366 socket Xeons.
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Brand new beige LCD we were throwing away too.. goes up to 75Hz.
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Pentium II 450MHz
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More beige goodies
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Superflower case I picked up for another XP machine
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It saddens me that I once owned some of that stuff. Sent it to scrap after divorce....
Not that I need more stuff, but nostalga and.... stuff.
 

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This is the luckiest find ever courtesy of my mother-in-law, and my wife hauling it home. It was being thrown away by the curb. Here's just what I'm saving, nothing else of value or any good/working. Let's open these bad boys up. (yea, they are dirty as hell)

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The Dell didn't have much besides 384MB of RAM, and a Pentium II 400MHz which I took out for parts. Looks like water got inside and ruined the ISA/PCI riser board. Very bad corrosion and mold, not really worth saving anything else from it since I have a bunch more at work I'm going to bring home.

The Compaq had this in it. 12GB Quantum Bigfoot TS
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And this.. wait what's that in the PCI slot?
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Closer..
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Closer..
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Voodoo 3 3000 PCI 16MB!!!!!!!!!
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Inside the Proteva was a Chaintech M101 ATX motherboard, Pentium II 300MHz, 192MB of RAM, a PNY Geforce2 MX 200 and a Creative AWE64. :D
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If anyone likes Turbo (MHz) Displays, I'm designing one right now.. lol. It's almost done. It is a modern implementation, where you don't have to use a bajillion jumpers and everything is integrated into this board. Program the PIC with the values you want, and hook up all your wires. (Turbo LED, turbo switch, 5V power, and then run the turbo switching jumper to your motherboard)

Worklog if you care to see how I made it: https://www.vogons.org/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=70370

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Going back to the 80's.

DTK PIM-TB10-Z 10Mhz 8088, Swan XT10 case. Works! Just need to:
- solder the XT2AT keyboard converter
- solder the XTIDE when it arrives
- install the floppy controller and Teac 5.25 floppy drive
- solder the Adlib replica I made, or grab a Sound Blaster CT1350B / Snark Barker

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Built an Adlib at work today. 98% true to the original.. slight variations due to some parts not being available, obsolete, no longer manufactured. Just need to put my PCI (ISA) bracket on it. Original silkscreen ftw.

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Freshly received today.. Chieftec Dragon and some awesome year 2000 full tower with translucent "Mac Plastic" on the front and a 4x20 Crystalfontz display. The full tower is going to house my dual 1GHz Pentium 3 rig.

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Not super rare with execption of the UMC 486 in the US but I like my collection of random 486 chips. Can't find a picture of the display case I have them in with others but it always amazed me at how many companies sold 486 cpu's at the time.
 

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Dual Pentium Pro I'm trying to make work -- this was a single socket board before. I have all the components mounted (Socket, APIC, VRM), just need to figure out the jumpers to enable the 2nd socket. If anyone has pictures of a Shuttle HOT-613 DUAL, that would be extremely helpful. Work log on Vogons: https://www.vogons.org/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=71445
there appears to be a dual on eBay, might be worth asking the seller to take some good pics
 

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Checked all my socket 8 duallies, nothing even close unfortunately. Funny thing I have that same full tower case too, keep one of my BP6 rigs in there.
 

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I owned the rarer/nicer iWill Zmax D2. Dual Opteron goodness and SLI (single slot width cards) dual PCIe. Powerhouse (at the time) in a shoebox.
 
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