Where are the retro bargains? List here!

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  1. gdjacobs

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    Much like how integrated circuits allowed vastly greater functional density for the Minuteman project, nVidia engineers took the capabilities they'd worked on while with SGI and integrated them into a single chip.

    Of course, T&L in the Geforce chip was predated in the consumer sphere by the Playstation GTE and N64 RSP among others.
     
  2. elvis

    elvis Old school old fool

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    Indeed, and for a short time there consoles (and arcades) utterly dominated the home PC market, which was part of the problem. Consoles had advantages like very good badwidth/IO ratios to their 3D chips that PCs couldn't match (sacrificing other things in the process like disk storage and maximum RAM size), and arcades cost tens of thousands and made money back over years and years.

    As above, the GeForce256 appearing at home for a "reasonable price" and offering the bandwidth and programmability features it did was pretty mind blowing. More than the technology itself, the price that a normal person could get it for was the real game changer.
     
  3. MUTMAN

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    that wouldn't have been a cheap investment back in the day ? p2-450's were top shelf pricing iirc



    Yes, relatively speaking they were 'cheap'. Still a bunch of money to me in the day :)
    The first time I saw T&L working in game as it should, I think it was NFS porsche unleashed ??, I was floored at the details and the lights.
    I played the pants off that demo :)
     
  4. elvis

    elvis Old school old fool

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    For me too. I was a young bloke with a young family saving for a house, didn't have that sort of cash lying around.

    But compare and contrast to the cost of a $20K SGI 3D workstation, and it was mind blowing.
     
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    I think it's meant to be $5 per part, BUT YOU HAD BETTER BE SURE BEFORE YOU CONTACT THEM BECAUSE IF YOU WASTE THEIR TIME THEY WILL DELETE AND BLOCK YOU!
     
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    I recall some dicussion of a seller in the "Ballarat region" who was "interesting" to deal with, and I suspect this is him :D
     
  8. badmofo

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    Thank heavens for the 5km bubble, that dude is scary :Paranoid:
     
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  9. Flamin Joe

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    Yeah that looks to be the same guy, it's listed on eBay as well but for $68.

    Screenshot_20201002-073809_eBay.jpg
     
  10. BuuBox

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    More interesting than a bargain, but $139 for a tidy Toshiba 1550CDS laptop: https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/164198681841

    I like the AMD K6-2 CPU, ESS sound and S3 graphics. Shame about the DSTN LCD. Still cool to see. :)
     
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  11. sammy_b0i

    sammy_b0i Laugh it up, fuzzball!

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    Three new-old-stock Zalman Northbridge coolers just came up on eBay for $10 each, BIN.

    NB47J
    NBF47
    NB32K

    The 47J should ring a lot of bells around the 939 era.

    Edit: Someone just bought the NBF47.
     
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  12. BuuBox

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    NOS Zalman, good stuff.

    I remember the 47J from every dead Abit NF7-S V2.0 I came across. :lol:
     
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  13. adz

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    I grabbed the last one, you never know when you'll need something like that. I ended up replacing the chipset cooler on my ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe with a NB47J.
     
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    yep it did, i bought the 2 47s ,
     
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    ^my folks used to rent that phone for $1 a month for decades.......
     
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    I had that phone until a few years ago
     
  18. sammy_b0i

    sammy_b0i Laugh it up, fuzzball!

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    I had that triplex card back in the day God damn that was a good card, $340, a year previous GF3 ti500s were like $8-$900 good performance gains back then.
     
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    That case design has not aged well :lol:
     
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