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Old 12-04-2018, 10:06 PM   #3281
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it looks like it's powered by an onboard 2-stroke engine!!
Noise-wise, its on par!

It only took me 3 years to find one of these boards.....me is happy!
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Old 12-05-2018, 09:43 AM   #3282
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Cooler setup looks like someone who wants their daily 5 Ghz or at least close to 4.5 Ghz fix.

Today's setups also often need hefty VRM cooling.
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Old 12-05-2018, 04:36 PM   #3283
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Remember VRM/chipset heatsinks and fans of the early 2000s?
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Old 12-05-2018, 06:56 PM   #3284
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Remember VRM/chipset heatsinks and fans of the early 2000s?
Abit IC7 Max 3..... active cooled regulators AND capacitors!
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Old 12-05-2018, 07:59 PM   #3285
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Now you get a big block of metal (low surface area) with a plastic cover (blocking airflow) for looks.

Anyway, that's a nice Xeon system.
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Old 12-05-2018, 09:00 PM   #3286
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Anyway, that's a nice Xeon system.
Thanks. It came with a pair of 900MHz 2mb L2 CPU's, the fastest supported by this board. Those unfamiliar with Xeons of that era, their L2 caches run @ full speed, unlike their Pentium2 counterparts that only ran @ half speed for the consumer market. Also included was the 1130c raidport controller that the seller said didn't work...but he didn't know the magic trick to these, there's a weird firmware 'marriage' process you have go do before it'll work. Lastly, there is 2gb of ECC memory. I gave very little for this, everything works. It will get recapped, it has a bunch of those phony 'NRSY' caps that SM used back in those days.
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Old 12-10-2018, 06:03 PM   #3287
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No retro computer collection is complete without a pentium pro system....
Picked a junk pile and came out with this:



New Old Stock...untested, no processors....but there was 2 NIB heatsinks.
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Old 12-10-2018, 07:08 PM   #3288
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Picked a junk pile and came out with this:



New Old Stock...untested, no processors....but there was 2 NIB heatsinks.
Good luck, most pentium pro's were nuked for digger gold. Pentium II overdrive?
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Old 12-10-2018, 07:12 PM   #3289
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Good luck, most pentium pro's were nuked for digger gold. Pentium II overdrive?
I found a pair of 200's with 512k L2's for $40....but yea, I'm eyeballing a pair of 333MHz overdrives...but I want to make sure the board is good first... the OD CPU's usually go for ~$100ea.
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today's cheap score was 10 36gb 10k U320 SCA scsi HDD's. Retro builds love these!
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Old 12-13-2018, 08:48 PM   #3291
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picked up a 2003 eMac with 1Ghz G4 and 256 ram will upgrade ram.
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A Philips DVDR3455H DVD Recorder with 160GB HDD for $3.25 (These regularly sell for $100-$125 on eBay, and sold for $350 back in 2007 when they were new). I got it so cheap because it had a sticky disc tray (sometimes didn't come out when the open button was pressed), but a new belt fixed that and now it is a good as new.





It don't even have a 2000s' style PATA ribbon connected to the HDD, even when it looks like it's from 2006! It's apparently got a ribbon that's only UDMA 33 compliant! (The cable looks more like something from 1998, LOL)

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Old 12-13-2018, 10:29 PM   #3293
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Today's freebies is a dell dimension 2400....useless as tits on a boar
There's a good chance that the PSU has a bulging Elite cap, if not more of those bundles of misery! Elite caps, apparently can't even handle idling at low temps!

I made the discovery of a bulging Elite cap in a Dell Dimension PSU of a Dimension 2350 or the like, (probably Bestec, Delta or Lite-On) one day, on July 19, 2012, IIRC. It was a PC that hardly had been used, but was powered on regularly. Mostly idling in Windows or standby, LOL.
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today's cheap score was 10 36gb 10k U320 SCA scsi HDD's. Retro builds love these!
(sigh) I just scrapped two shelfs -- 12 drives, each -- of 72GB SCA drives. I've been dumping any SCSI/SCA/FC-AL drives smaller than 146GB, lately, to make room for bigger drives.

I'll have to keep my eyes open for any other SCA discards. OTOH, I'm not sure how well drives fare in the mail...
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(sigh) I just scrapped two shelfs -- 12 drives, each -- of 72GB SCA drives. I've been dumping any SCSI/SCA/FC-AL drives smaller than 146GB, lately, to make room for bigger drives.

I'll have to keep my eyes open for any other SCA discards. OTOH, I'm not sure how well drives fare in the mail...
They do fine in the mail. I want any/all scsi HDD's in any scsi interface (50-pin, 68-pin, or 80 pin SCA) and any size. retro rigs love 4.3's and 9.1's.
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They do fine in the mail. I want any/all scsi HDD's in any scsi interface (50-pin, 68-pin, or 80 pin SCA) and any size. retro rigs love 4.3's and 9.1's.
How do you pack them? I haven't bought a "mail order" disk in almost 3 decades -- back then, one disk per box, surrounded by a couple of inches of packing material. And, I was never quite sure if I should expect it to work once installed...

I don't think I have any more 50pin drives -- except for 2" drives (which I won't discard any time soon as they are hard to come by). Even the 68pin drives are pretty scarce. I find SCAs in servers, from time to time, but have steadily increased the minimum capacity drive that I'm willing to "pull"...

Even the FC-AL "minimum" is now up to ~300G!
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How do you pack them? I haven't bought a "mail order" disk in almost 3 decades -- back then, one disk per box, surrounded by a couple of inches of packing material. And, I was never quite sure if I should expect it to work once installed...

I don't think I have any more 50pin drives -- except for 2" drives (which I won't discard any time soon as they are hard to come by). Even the 68pin drives are pretty scarce. I find SCAs in servers, from time to time, but have steadily increased the minimum capacity drive that I'm willing to "pull"...

Even the FC-AL "minimum" is now up to ~300G!
antistatic bag and then wrap them a couple times in small bubble wrap, and put them in a box with paper or more bubblewrap. They'll survive.

I'd take 50-pin, but not much demand for them 68-pin and 80 pin sca are the most practical for this era of builds and decent controllers of course. SCA's can be used either with adapters or those dorky 'mobile racks' that were stylish in the 90's..they supported all popular interfaces of the time.

FC.....I havent seen a working fiber channel setup in ages!
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antistatic bag and then wrap them a couple times in small bubble wrap, and put them in a box with paper or more bubblewrap. They'll survive.
But, if shipping 4, 8, 12 of them, this gets pretty bulky. Would you, in that case, treat the "set" as a "megadrive" and pack it as above? Or, would you still treat each drive individually?

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My SB2000 uses them. I also see shelfs with them (which is where I pilfer my "spares" from)
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But, if shipping 4, 8, 12 of them, this gets pretty bulky. Would you, in that case, treat the "set" as a "megadrive" and pack it as above? Or, would you still treat each drive individually?
I just got 10 in a box....it was a little 'girthy', but all was well. wrapped each drive 2 layers of bubble wrap was fine....so stacked, there was technically 4 layers, plus the antistatic bag....packed snug in the box with more bubblewrap so they weren't hitting eachother loosely.
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Old 12-16-2018, 10:31 AM   #3300
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Scored this PC. Not bad but definitely not the best either:

ASRock P4V88+ mobo w/ 6 bulged KZGs (recapped)
P4 HT 3GHz Prescott (no wonder why the caps died)
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Maxtor STM3160215A 160GB 7200RPM.
Windows 7 (italian)

Came with a free Windows 7 DVD as well, but don't know if it's SP1 at all.
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