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@tpi: I'm very sorry, but I'm going to derail your thread a bit. Report this post if you wish smile.gif

@Nintendo Maniac: to hell with your CPUs, to hell with your mobo (though you DO have my respect for holding on to vintage stuff, hehe)

FATE/STAY NIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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If you think this is vintage hardware, maybe I should check the rest of those old PCs in my basement (other than my Pentium III download box that's still cranking) and see if they work and what's inside them...I know an old Windows 3.11 PC did last time I checked, and that's the SECOND NEWEST (the pictured Cyrix-powered PC is the newest - it runs Windows 95). I essentially collect old PC that friends & family no longer want/use, and in fact ALL our currently-used PCs (except 1 laptop) were like that - most of which I got for free!



Joining the off-topic bandwagon... Apparently I'm not the only one who thought Fate/stay night was absolutely amazingly incredible (the visual novel anyway, with the movie in 2nd and the anime a distant 3rd). If you Google search for my username, or in particular Google search for nintendomaniac64 you should find that my Fate/stay night fandom is definitely not minimal.

About the images - if you compared the motherboard photo to my "proof images" on the GameFAQs thread, you would see more clearly that they're the actual visual novel DVD boxes for both the PC version and PS2 version (note: I don't own any PlayStation hardware tongue.gif) along with a doujin F/sn 3D fighter called Crucis Fatal Fake beside the Realta Nua box. If you really want, I could take a separate close-up shot of JUST the Fate/stay night boxes.

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And things like this is why I'm using 5-year old PC hardware - because I splurge my money on things like Fate/stay night rather than monster graphics cards. tongue.gif And I even yar-har-fiddle-dee-dee'd the VN originally - it was just that good! Besides, I'm so uber-frugal that I just need to spend a random $200+ USD on some non-practical entertainment stuff every once in a while. (my whole current PC setup cost less than the PCDVD Fate/stay night, and less than half of the PCDVD + RN + CFF + shipping!)
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Got a Transmeta Crusoe in a laptop with a dead or dying power link, so can't get a definite on the model name/rating. Wiki says they only came in one speed anyway. (I think. Can't do much searching - internet capped. sadface)

... Also got a Phenom X4 9950BE if that counts for anything? biggrin.gif

Grew up with a Cyrix 6x86MX PR233. I think it was rated at 186MHz or something.
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I have a 233mhz Pentium MMX chip "SL27S" 2.8 Volt (lol). Looks identical to this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Intel_Pentium_MMX_166_PGA_Front.jpg one. I'll get some pics up when I get my camera back.

Not sure if rare, or just old.

Also have a couple slot 1 ( I think) Pentium IIs. One is apparently a "SL2WF." Any idea of it's clock speed/etc?

Also have a 1.2ghz Duron, and a 700mhz Celeron but I doubt they're rare or all that unusual.
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Best I can offer is a Pentium 166Mhz MMX which AFAIK still works. I even have the motherboard somewhere to go with it lol.
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I guys, sorry for not coming here sooner. I'll try not to take so long next time.
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Originally Posted by Nintendo Maniac 64;14713818 
First, quick question - how rare are Core Duo CPUs? (NOT Core 2 Duo, but the original Core Duo AKA what was essentially a dual-core Pentium M). My sister's laptop has one of these, a T2050 @ 1.6GHz to be exact. I've honestly never seen any other Core Duo laptops...


Anyway, I've had this PC from my uncle for many years now (7 maybe?), and only within the last year or so I realized that it didn't have an Intel or an AMD processor... Other than it being a Cyrix, I actually still don't know what it is. (my CPU knowledge only really goes back to the Pentium 3-era, since I was too young before that).



And since I'm OCD, here's proof that those images are mine - here's a forum topic I made on another forum 6 months ago for a completely different reason with 2 of the 3 images showing the same Fate/stay night, external HDD, and case fan that's visible in the motherboard image:
http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/961351-nine-hours-nine-persons-nine-doors/58091516


Hi Nintendo Maniac 64! Welcome to the club. I'm not sure exactly how rare Core CPU's are. I know them pretty well, but perhaps that's just me. If someone else knows how many were sold, I'd be much appreciated.

As to your Cyrix, I'll add you to the Owners list, I'd say that most Cyrix CPU's, especially the latter ones qualify as rare, or at least unnusual.

In your case, the MediaGX actually sold quite well to some OEM's due to it's low price, which made for affordable low cost laptops and desktops. It was based on the earlier 5x86 core and as such didn't provide much performance. However, it was what AMD today calls it's Fusion processor, with the added bonus that it also has the audio circuitry built-in. It has CPU + GPU (Well, actually a 2D graphics accelerator and MPEG accelerator for the later models with MMX) + PCI controller + Memory controller + Sound. Pretty amazing biggrin.gif

In fact, the improved Media GXm with MPEG 1 fullscreen hardware acceleration and MMX instructions was rebranded by National Semiconductor when they merged with Cyrix into the Geode GXM, which was then bought (the Geode business) by AMD, which used the Geode in the One Laptop Per Child initiative. So when you hear that AMD was first to use an integrated memory controller into the x86 CPU, it was actually Cyrix who did it first wink.gif (actually, Intel did it first with the 386EX in 1994, but it was not for the consumer market)
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@tpi: I'm very sorry, but I'm going to derail your thread a bit. Report this post if you wish smile.gif

@Nintendo Maniac: to hell with your CPUs, to hell with your mobo (though you DO have my respect for holding on to vintage stuff, hehe)

FATE/STAY NIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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No problem Hyoketsu wink.gif A little socializing on the side won't do the thread any harm.

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Originally Posted by Nintendo Maniac 64;14715542 
If you think this is vintage hardware, maybe I should check the rest of those old PCs in my basement (other than my Pentium III download box that's still cranking) and see if they work and what's inside them...I know an old Windows 3.11 PC did last time I checked, and that's the SECOND NEWEST (the pictured Cyrix-powered PC is the newest - it runs Windows 95). I essentially collect old PC that friends & family no longer want/use, and in fact ALL our currently-used PCs (except 1 laptop) were like that - most of which I got for free!


If you can check out the rest, maybe you'll find another treasure around the corner wink.gif
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Originally Posted by Mysticality;14731132 
Got a Transmeta Crusoe in a laptop with a dead or dying power link, so can't get a definite on the model name/rating. Wiki says they only came in one speed anyway. (I think. Can't do much searching - internet capped. sadface)

... Also got a Phenom X4 9950BE if that counts for anything? biggrin.gif

Grew up with a Cyrix 6x86MX PR233. I think it was rated at 186MHz or something.


Hi Mysticality! Welcome to the club!

Yes, a Transmeta Crusoe qualifies! Bring it on. Take a picture of it, or the Laptop case so we can be sure.

The Phenom not so much; it sold well to the best of my knowledge as it had a competitive price when compared to the Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600.
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I have a 233mhz Pentium MMX chip "SL27S" 2.8 Volt (lol). Looks identical to this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Intel_Pentium_MMX_166_PGA_Front.jpg one. I'll get some pics up when I get my camera back.

Not sure if rare, or just old.

Also have a couple slot 1 ( I think) Pentium IIs. One is apparently a "SL2WF." Any idea of it's clock speed/etc?

Also have a 1.2ghz Duron, and a 700mhz Celeron but I doubt they're rare or all that unusual.

Hi, pursuinginsanity, welcome!

To the best of my knowledge, the 233 Mhz Pentium MMX is just a good old CPU, not rare I would say. Unless someone has other information concerning this specific clockspeed, of course.

The Duron and Celeron are not rare or unnusual, however I'm having some difficulty tracking the SL2WF Pentium II, which might be a rare model indeed. If someone has more info, it would be appreciated!

Cheers!
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Best I can offer is a Pentium 166Mhz MMX which AFAIK still works. I even have the motherboard somewhere to go with it lol.

Hi tedman! The same thing I said just above to pursuinginsanity, it's just a good old CPU. It's probably one of the first that can playback MP3's with ease in Windows. I remember trying to play MP3's on a Pentium Overdrive 83 Mhz, and it would only play them back acceptably in DOS. In Windows it would work if I finetuned Winamp to only a single channel and some other stuff that eased the decoding load. And even so you couldn't do anything else. And that was, if I remember well, with a 128kbps MP3 file.

It would be interesting if you could try playing back a high bitrate MP3 with it. Say, a 256kbps or even 320kbps. It has MMX instructions, so a player that supports those instructions should do even better.
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Would You count an Athlon 64 3500+ as rare(because it's so old)?

btw, that's my current CPU frown.gif
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Would You count an Athlon 64 3500+ as rare(because it's so old)?

btw, that's my current CPU frown.gif

Hi Jcoast, it was a good CPU a few years ago, but it's not rare.

Actually, it is still being sold. On Amazon, for example:

[ame="http://www.amazon.com/AMD-Athlon-Processor-2-2GHz-939pin/dp/B005DM7NWS"]http://www.amazon.com/AMD-Athlon-Processor-2-2GHz-939pin/dp/B005DM7NWS[/ame]


I don't know what GPU you currently have, but you can pair it with a Radeon HD4650, which is very affordable nowadays (or the equivalent newer HD6xxx series), and still get some gaming out of it. Don't get anything more powerful than a Radeon with 320 shaders, as the CPU will be the bottleneck.
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Very interesting on the Cyrix MediaGX backstory though! I had no idea that it was a SOC; as a huge fan of AMD Fusion APUs, this makes it even more awesome.

In terms of later Cyrix CPUs being rare, I do know that this is a 300MHz part, which from my not-so-successful research indicates that it was one of the last models made. Do you know if there's any truth to this?

Perhaps if I can get an OS on it, I can try to run CPU-Z. It'll be quite difficult to install an OS however since it cannot boot from a CD drive.
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Originally Posted by tpi2007;14822520 
Hi tedman! The same thing I said just above to pursuinginsanity, it's just a good old CPU. It's probably one of the first that can playback MP3's with ease in Windows. I remember trying to play MP3's on a Pentium Overdrive 83 Mhz, and it would only play them back acceptably in DOS. In Windows it would work if I finetuned Winamp to only a single channel and some other stuff that eased the decoding load. And even so you couldn't do anything else. And that was, if I remember well, with a 128kbps MP3 file.

It would be interesting if you could try playing back a high bitrate MP3 with it. Say, a 256kbps or even 320kbps. It has MMX instructions, so a player that supports those instructions should do even better.

That's what I thought, I guess it's not quite rare hehe.

Although, very useful insight into the earlier days of MP3s! As the P166 was my first computer, I never really noticed that MP3s struggled to be played back in those days. Even today an MP3 will utilise 1-3% of a standard dual-core CPU.
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