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Old November 28, 2013, 05:15 PM
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Well the other day someone threw out an old Intel Desktop Board /w i850 chipset and 256Gb's of PC800 Samsung Rambus in it.Called up Free Geek Vancouver and asked it they had some old Rambus kicking around,turns out they did a whole 1.250 Gb's worth!! 2-512Gb sticks for $5ea and 2-128 Gb sticks $2 ea.!!.
Then I ordered up a P4 Northwood 2.8Ghz CPU which was the fastest Northwood with a 400Mhz FSB ever made. They are keeping an eye out for me on that one might turn up in a teardown soon.Free Geek only keeps Intel CPU's going as far back as LGA775 now, they re-cycle anything older than that.

So I thought why not throw it in an old beige box for posterity and try and do a fresh install of Windows XP SP3 .
I think Microsoft is trying to make it as difficult as possible now to do this now, there's and auto-update bug that maxes out the svchost.exe @ 100%when trying to use auto-update until it finally installs the fix for it lol.

Rambus has had a tough go of it, all the big memory manufacturers have tried many ways to steal and sabatoge their proprietary ideas, attempting to get away from paying them royalties, eg. DDR,DDR2,DDR3 all contain Rambus ideas in them which they proved in court were taken from them.

here are some picks of the build

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Old December 4, 2013, 05:58 PM
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256Gb or 256mb???
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Old December 4, 2013, 06:34 PM
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That brings back painful memories.... I spent SOOOO much on a giant steaming pile of junk while the ghetto AMDs outpaced me... That was my biggest regret purchase. The only plus side was I had a Nvidia 500 something that played the games at high quality.

Kind of wished I kept my P4 2.4C clocked at 3.3Ghz that was one of my pride and joys.
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Old December 5, 2013, 11:50 PM
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The one Rambus stick seen there is 128mb's I've got 1.25Gb's total in the system right now with two more 512 sticks on order from Free Geek Vancouver.

I don't know all I know is performance wise, once I installed the Intel Rapid Storage I/O drivers and enabled AGP SBA & FW the system fly's lightning fast now especially shut down, I don't dare blink my eyes or I might miss it haha!!.

I just installed Command & Conquer the first Decade the other day it ended up with all the texture mapping turning out lime green due to the Nvidia 7800 GS drivers. I took that old AGP card out and put in my other backup AGP card an Asus Silent Radeon HD3650 that card is a beauty still works great even made a custom heat sink for the PCIE - AGP bridge chip.

Also installed Riva Tuner to activate the AGP Side Bus Addressing and Fast Write, Intel chips seem to do well with those features enabled no bugs with the PCI Bus yet .

That 7800 GS there is the fastest AGP Card that was ever built and it's a really good quality build still going strong after all these years the heatsink is wide enough to get the bridge chip cooled as well. It has a better memory bus 256 bit the ATI is only 128 bit they kinda went low end on the memory bus for that card... too bad.
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Fun! I have an ASUS P4T and a P4T533, so I have both 184-pin and 232-pin RDRAM. <3 the retro gear!
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Very interesting. Keep us updated. I think the ATI HD 3850 was the fastest AGP GPU though...could be wrong.
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Yea you could be right plus the HD 3850 will play DX10 games too I don't think they would run very well on a single core.

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Old December 20, 2013, 12:15 AM
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Fun! I have an ASUS P4T and a P4T533, so I have both 184-pin and 232-pin RDRAM. <3 the retro gear!
Sounds like a beauty Rig so that must be PC 1066 Rambus then haha!! that was smokin fast Ram for the time with a 533Mhz FSB.
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