OC3D Throwback Thursday

OC3D Throwback Thursday

OC3D Throwback Thursday


Put on your finest Pringle cardigan, get out your pipe and slippers, it's Throwback Thursday here at OC3D. Regular perusers of the Information Superhighway will be aware of the trend on social media to dig out those old polaroids of you in front of a television that came with wooden doors, or reminisce about the novelty of there being a fourth channel on terrestrial to pick from. Or even the days when you didn't have to differentiate between terrestrial television and satellite, or point out that your phone is hardwired into the house, because what else would it be?

For those of us who have been ferreting away on computers for most of our life it's easy to get misty-eyed about the insane wireframe graphics in Elite, how easy it is to use these new-fangled discs instead of listening to a tape make noises that would pass for Dubstep for the whole afternoon and managing a level of Jet Set Willy before bed.

Knowing that it can't only be us who remember when Windows came on three floppy discs, when a 14" monitor was considered enormous, or even when Glide appeared and redefined what we thought graphical fidelity could be, we thought we'd bring the Throwback Thursday phenomenon into OC3D Towers. To that end we've dusted off some of the hardware that was easiest to reach in the cupboard to Narnia.

Clockwise from the top left we have a MSI P35. You'll note in the video that Tom says 'god forbid we remember motherboards with a southbridge', except some of us still have our old 386SX which was running at a whopping 16MHz, so just because some of this 'old' stuff still feels fairly new, doesn't mean that we don't have a nearly complete history of PC Hardware in our memory banks. Next along is the Gigabyte X58OC, a truly staggering motherboard that regular readers will remember from our DICE special where we attained a whopping 6GHz from a 990X.

To the right of those are the ASUS graphics cards we'll look at below, and in the bottom right hand corner a Radeon 3870X2. Many of you are probably like us and still have to be shouted at because of the deafness this card brought us. Loud doesn't begin to cover it. In the bottom middle are a pair of nVidias, and on the bottom left, and indeed the right hand image, a Thermalright Ultra 120 with a Xilence Red Wing fan. The Ultra 120 was the king of the tower coolers and marked the departure from a block of aluminium with a horizontally mounted, wheezy, 60mm fan. 

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From bottom to top, an ASUS GTX260, ASUS 9800GX2, and a GTX295. We remember aching for a GTX295 and we still find it hard that you can buy one for basically a pittance. We often say about how you can get a low-end GPU these days that will be good for older titles or less demanding ones. Whereas you can probably build a system that was cutting edge 5 years ago and will still play WOW just fine. Finally on the right a couple of nVidia 7950GX2's are a gorgeous topping off to our little collection. We don't miss the green PCB, or indeed the extensions at the end, but two PCBs that are still only dual-slot makes us wonder at some of the triple slot offerings around.

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So, dear readers, would you be interested in an occasional trip down memory lane because we would like to make this a regular feature? If the answer is yes then is there anything in particular that you'd love to see? Are you one of the people who used to dream of owning a Q6600? Or can we go back even further and prompt memories of a Voodoo2, a Thunderbird 1GHz, the insanity of the day when AGP became the standard? Or is that too far?

This is one of those 'for fun' things that we do from time to time so your involvement is crucial. After all we have lots of other things pressing upon our time and thus want to give you the things you'd most like to see. Naturally there are driver and OS compatibility issues with going too deeply into the murky past and even in some instances actually getting our hands on said hardware, but we're open to suggestions.

We'd love to know your thoughts so pop into our forums and let us know.

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27-02-2014, 04:22:59

excellent idea guv!Quote

27-02-2014, 04:29:13

Good article, please keep them coming Tom!

I always wanted a Q6600 but whenever I had the opportunity I always upgraded my GPU instead so for many years my rig had a P4 3.2GHz in it, back from the day of owning a 6600GT up to a HD4870 and then I squeezed in a second hand Core 2 Duo, 1.88GHz if I remember right?

You know whats missing these days, a white motherboard, remember the one Sapphire made for Crossfire, although it wasn't so great compared to the Asus boards in terms of performance and overclock-ability.

Edit: Do you think there is any chance you could throw together an old rig using these old bits and see what performance they can delivery in todays games, maybe a quick RushKit video?

Edit: Ooo oo! and the Asus 6800 with the blue LED's, always wanted one of them too. :PQuote

27-02-2014, 04:31:11

I think it's a great idea. Going down memory lane. Prices of components back then. Even systems.Quote

27-02-2014, 04:42:20

It's good to see some of the older stuff, not much has changed since Sandybridge and things have been a bit stagnant. But form the Pentium 4 and the x38, P35 and up to the 775 chipset there was quite a lot of changes with motherboards, CPUs going to dual core to quad core, RAM going from DDR1 to DDR2 and DDR3.

Motherboard design was certainly a lot different a few years back, with crazy heatsink designs, with weird RAM slot and PCI/E slot colours.
Graphics cards that looked like VHS tapes, and all crazy kinds of things that you don't really get today where the same design is used over and over and only what is underneath in the hardware is changed.Quote

27-02-2014, 04:42:44

This has got me surfing ebay for the 1090t. Kinda tempted to compare it to my 8320.Quote

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