Great Masterpieces of Computer Hardware

alexander1970 Aug 5, 2019.

  1. alexander1970
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    alexander1970 GBAtemp allows me to be here

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    Do you remember PC hardware "milestones" in the recent past ?


    My personal ones:


    The Intel Pentium MMX "equivalent" AMD K6 MMX Processor:

    hhuhuhu.
    (after that Release the CPU world is never the same....)



    GeForce 256 with transform and lighting hardware:

    18200040c7e7e8ed83b18878d3ae0cb7-1200x900.
    (also the same,after that Release.......)



    and of course this great kind of "connecting" devices:


    USB-Logo_generic.svg.
     
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  2. zxr750j

    zxr750j GBAtemp Regular

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    Uuuuu
    Bluetooth...
     
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  3. MicmasH_W

    MicmasH_W Doofy snow leopard

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    alexander, I have some AMD k6 motherboards lying around still :D
    I was trying to get freedos running on it but alas, my floppy drive's dead.

    But back on topic.
    Raspberry Pi is a huge milestone.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raspberry_Pi
     
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  4. Marcell

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    Well, here is my list:
    486DX because it had a co-processor which suddenly made games run really well.
    Gravis Ultrasound because of wavetable synthesis.
    3dfx Voodoo 1 because it could run Quake at unimaginable resolution (640x480) at unimaginable fps (60)
    Trackpads. The first one I saw and got was a standalone one meant for the COM port. I found it in Tokyo, it seemed like magic.
    ADSL, what a huge leap after 56k modems!
    Raspberry PI as stated above.
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    zxr750j GBAtemp Regular

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    I forgot SSD's!! Making even old shitty notebooks boot fast!
     
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  6. subcon959

    subcon959 teh retro

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    If you ever have to go back and use any old computer hardware, one of the first things you miss is probably gonna be USB. We take it for granted now, but it's such a versatile and powerful development in computing.. and now not just computing it's used everywhere.

    Other than that, I think I'm gonna go with the ubiquitous SID chip in the C64. Still holds up today for some of the nicest music you'll ever hear.
     
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  7. alexander1970
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    alexander1970 GBAtemp allows me to be here

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    Please not the old Atari - C64 story one.:D
    You surely know that ATARI´s XL POKEY IS better.:P



     
  8. subcon959

    subcon959 teh retro

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    I could see why someone would prefer the Atari sound, to me the SID had something a bit more musical and the POKEY was a bit too clean and sterile.

    This is a good comparison video

     
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