What? No mention of AMD's slot A and goldfingers?
I loved my old 300A, but my best memories were with a couple of 366 celeries on a Abit BP6.
The 300A was actually the first processor I overclocked. I had this massively heavy steel case, and cover went over the top and both sides, so I just took it off and threw it into the trash. I then strapped an appropriately sized AC powered box fan to the case on low, which provided a huge amount of airflow reasonably quiet.
The i7 920 was a beast -- and still is.
Even today and WITHOUT being overclocked, it still is more power than Haswell based i3's and even a few of the i5's. Overclocked, I wouldn't be surprised to see it still pull close to a 3770T.
Ok. I forgot something, maybe someone will remember.
Does anyone remember when [H] did a feature on a PC back in the late 90's or early 00's that was essentially a refrigerator cooling system mounted in the bottom of a PC case? It had good results, but the company appears to have disappeared (at least to me). I can't remember the name of it - anyone?
It was quite expensive, and seemed pretty silly; but in a way was kind of impressive.
What? No mention of AMD's slot A and goldfingers?
Zarathustra[H];1041298742 said:Ugh. Brings back bad memories.
That hose was so stiff and difficult to mount. On Intel rigs it apparently wasnt bad, as they already had the metal cover at that time, but I crushed 4 top end Athlons (1200Mhz and 1400Mhz units) before finally giving up, selling it and cutting my losses.
Haven't done any extreme cooling since.
I beg to differ. It's the same hardware as any of the lower cost Windows laptops. I was able to upgrade my C710 Chrome to 10GB Ram, 120GB SSD and throw xUbuntu on it. Runs great.
Zarathustra[H];1041298772 said:If I may ask, why did you opt for Xubuntu. Is the graphics hardware not sufficient to handle the more intense xsessions?
XU had more sane default apps and packages, less bloatware involved, not because the system couldn't handle KUbuntu... XU also booted in 10 seconds where KU took longer. I loathe Unity and Gnome. So largely by reasons of preference.
The GPU on chip is Intel HD 2000 based. The Celeron in the C710 is basically a Sandy Bridge i3 with less cache. Good enough to be my daily driver. Only turn on my desktop when I need to use After Effects, render video or play games. Even then, I was able to squeak about 40-50fps out of TF2 on this. (Lowest settings with just about everything turned off via MaxFrames config)
Zarathustra[H];1041298860 said:Ahh, I rarely hear people speak ill of Gnome. Gnome2 was - albeit dated today - prior to its deprecation the ideal desktop window manager.
Gnome3 was kind of a fail, but Cinnamon (using Gnome3 code, to create a Gnome2 like experience) and Mate (continuing to develop Gnome2 code) are both pretty damned good IMHO.
I've been using Cinnamon in Linux Mint as my primary desktop for a while now, but I have considered going Xubuntu and adding the cinnamon PPA's. That being said, there is less reason to now that Mint - as of 17.1 - officially supports distribution upgrades.
Sooooo many of you young grasshoppers never got to enjoy the yumminess that was the Celeron 300A!
Zarathustra[H];1041298961 said:I would have loved to play with the Celery 300A's back then, but the budget did not allow for it.
I used my Pre-MMX Pentium 150Mhz (overclocked to 200) equipped with a 6MB Canopus Pure3d Voodoo 1 (and a Matrox Millenium for 2D) all the way until fall 2000 after I could afford to upgrade to the Duron 650 (which overclocked to 950) after a long hard summer job between semesters at college
Zarathustra[H];1041298968 said:It was funny though. The kids on my floor could just not understand how my "old" computer was running circles around their new best buy specials in our Quake2 deathmatch floor battles.
Zarathustra[H];1041298979 said:We were the first dorm at Umass that got wired Ethernet, all the other dorms at the time had to dial up using some sort of fake digital modem called a "TAU", whatever the hell that was.
Thus Quake2 battles ensued.
Zarathustra[H];1041298961 said:I used my Pre-MMX Pentium 150Mhz (overclocked to 200) equipped with a 6MB Canopus Pure3d Voodoo 1 (and a Matrox Millenium for 2D) all the way until fall 2000 after I could afford to upgrade to the Duron 650 (which overclocked to 950) after a long hard summer job between semesters at college
What year was that? I'm pretty sure Ethernet was installed the year after I graduated ('99). God those TAUs sucked!! Thankfully my future wife had Ethernet at Mount Holyoke.
That was my first overclock, too. The motherboard didn't exactly support the CPU even though it had the voltage jumpers for it (It was some weird model of IWill mobo)... I found out by yanking all the jumpers I got a maximum CPU clock on the board that didn't correspond with any known settings. The overclock ended up being 213Mhz. It was something of a 3.5 clock and 60Mhz bus, IIRC. Stayed surprisingly cool with the fan I had on it.
Those Pentium 150's were a weird chip.