Unboxing a retail 486 dx2-66 CPU

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  1. Reaper

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    Alrighty, back in the day people would buy these just for the tasty CPU inside, now that there are a billion and one of them floating around, let's take another look at what else came in the box.

    First, a nice wrapped and sealed box:

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    Next, the cardboard insert that contains all the goodies:

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    Finally, the contents. Big manual, rego card, floppy disk with cpu utilities on it, cpu and a silver cpu "lever" with intel stamped on it. This was for getting the cpu out of the socket if you didn't have a zif. You put the teeth in on each side that slide beteween the pins and levered it on all sides to get it out of the socket.

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    Ah, now that's how you bought a retail CPU. The packages these days are pathetic. Also this is a variation, some (including one I bought in 1996), also came with a little plastic box with a foam insert with an intel sticker on it that was used to be intended as a cpu storage along with the silver lever. I'm using my ~14 year old one to store cache chips in.
     
  2. mr_mordred2095

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    First in epic thread of amazing.
     
  3. Mau1wurf1977

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    Thanks for sharing :thumbup:
     
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    Oh man I paid $5k for one of these or P90 I can't remember now but it had a HUGE 1 gig HDD and a massive 4meg ram. All for the low low price of $5000.
     
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    shit, I can't belive you opened that!, that's like opening a vintage coke bottle :lol:

    That's pretty awesome. Full colour manuals and everything.. Like you say, today (AMD and Intel) you get a piece of stapled crap paper for a manual, and and equally crappy little sticker :Pirate:

    Very 90s graphic design there too on the manuals
     
  6. Haxman

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    Memories. Thats the CPU from my first Computer :D
     
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    I like to think that I'm paying for the CPU itself, not so the manufacturer can pay some arts graduate to make a pretty pamphlet that I inevitably don't read anyway.
     
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    Agreed, the only thing I'd miss from that package (apart from the CPU) is the removal tool (silver lever thingy). Have first hand experience with removing one by hand, only for it to slip, and then you've got a mass of bent pins, with 40 of them embedded in your thumb - the blood doesn't start until you remove it.

    And hey, buy a retail Intel CPU these days, it still comes in a big box, with a manual, and large plastic case to protect it all. No floppy, as there's no need from them (or the utilities it contained) any more.
     
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    I remember assembling laptops with those CPUs (maybe slighter newer than that) using that same tool.

    Anyone remember "Dual Technologies"??
    They were based in Melb
     
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    Ok, let me just point to the elephant in the room.

    Um, was this lying around the place like some automotive-treasure-trove-in-a-barn at your place?

    Nice!
     
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    No need to be jealous guys. Wow, so negative. :p

    Exactly why I posted this. People only cared about the cpu, the extra awesome is thrown out never to be seen again, so here's you chance to see it.

    Could say that I guess. :D
     
  12. TheChemist

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    Fill in the warranty card and send it to intel!
     
  13. mr_mordred2095

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    I dare say that if you sent it in, they'd send you something as a token of lols...
     
  14. Thrawn

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    Thats actually no ordinary 486DX2 66 chip. Its an OverDrive chip designed to be fitted on earlier 486 boards.

    486DX2 is also I think the 1st chip with a bus multiplier allowing the CPU to run faster than the motherboard speed ! 2X multiplier lol
     
  15. mr_mordred2095

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    Thought all intel branded dx2/dx4 chips were "overdrive" chips?
     
  16. Thrawn

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    There were plain DX2 and DX4 processors.

    Personally most of the ones I handled were OverDrive as I upgraded heaps of original IBM PC 486s. It was cheaper to buy an IBM 486 + DX2 ODP upgrade than an IBM PC with a DX2 from factory.
     
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    Most DX4 chips where fitted by OEMs. The overdrive chips where for retail.

    My favourite 486 is AMDs Am5x86 which is a clock quadrupled 133 MHz chip. Performs like a Pentium 75.
     
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    The PCI based motherboards they started using were really snazzy as well. Of course, nothing could be worse than the steaming pile known as VLB.
     
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    I thought the same, however a lot of Retro people choose VLB over PCI. The PCI implemention on 486s seems to be a early one.

    VLB was fine as long as you don't go near 40 MHz system bus. So on a 33 MHz bus with a DX4 or that AMD 133 chip you shouldn't have any issues...

    I remember my DX4 system and it never had any issues. Had 2 VLB cards, a video card and a controller card.
     

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