It's april now, and that means - it's time for mine retro hardware (or rather motherboards) pickup report.
And since we're living in difficult times (because COVID-19), i'm mostly staying at home, and i was able to test all of them.
Without further ado, let's go.
Socket 5 - BCM Advanced Research SQ588
First S5 mobo in my collection. Never heard of this company before (and no wonder why - they're mostly making industrial things as far as i understood).
Also it's awesome that they still have BIOS updates and manual on their site.
Socket 7 - A-Trend ATC-2000
Very useful mobo for me since it's only 430HX in my collection that can support Pentium MMX processors.
Socket 7 - ZIDA 5DXP
430FX mobos are getting kinda rare nowadays.
Also there's fancy WinBIOS.
Socket 7 - FIC PT-2003
Socket 7 - Chaintech 5TDM2
Socket 7 - ZIDA TX98
Another S7 mobo that was somewhat hard to find. No wonder though - i heard a lot of good things about that mobo.
Socket 7 - ZIDA TX100-3D
Unlike TX98, i heard a lot of bad things about that motherboard, but i can understand that - there's no L2-cache whatsoever.
Socket 7 - PC Chips (Elpina) M539
Welp. This is quite a rare occasion - i was looking for that PC Chips motherboard. Mostly because chipset (ALi M1521 Alladin III if i'm not mistaken).
Socket 7 - Chaintech 5SDA
Interesting mobo for me (because one-chip 5598 chipset with built-in video).
Super Socket 7 - Chaintech 5AGM2
Instead of DIN5 connector there's couple of PS/2 ones.
Super Socket 7 - Lucky Star 5MVP3
Super Socket 7 - Lucky Star 5MVP4
Another interesting pickup for me - SS7 mobo without AGP (because there's built-in video in the chipset, Trident CyberBlade i think).
Slot 1 - ABIT BF6
Quite nice late Slot 1 mobo.
Slot 1/Socket 370 - ECS Elitegroup P6BAT-B
Another ECS slotket mobo in my collection. This time it's in AT format, and... i feel some disturbance in the force...
...Why this mobo looks and feels like it was made by PC Chips? ("golden" AT PSU and keyboard connectors, V1.3 in the upper left corner)
Socket 370 - Gigabyte GA-6VXC7-4X
I want to finish my pickups report with a slightly changed quote from TES IV: Oblivion - Stay safe, citizens. These are dark times.
Stay healthy, guys. 😀
My retro PCs:
ZIDA 5STX, P-MMX 166, S3 ViRGE/DX, 3Dfx Voodoo 1, Creative CT4830
AOpen AX-34U, P-3 1133, GeForce 3 Ti200, Aureal Vortex 2
Allround 815EPT, P-3 800, ASUS V7700TIvx/32M, Creative SB0220 (recreation of my first PC from 2001)
IBM ThinkPad R31