Reply 3000 of 3072, by bearking
douglar wrote on 2021-01-29, 12:55:
I see ads on Alibaba where you can get 100Kg of 486 & 386 CPUs for USD$500. I wonder how many working CPU's you'd get out of that? I also wonder how much the shipping would be. And I know how loud my wife would yell if a truck dropped off 100Kg of Ceramic CPUs at the house, but that's a different story.
USD$500 for 100kg of ceramic CPUs sounds too good to be true! As for how many would be working, I guess no more then 10%... If you are lucky! The problem is with the broken or badly bent pins...
I'm handpicking these CPUs from large bags or bins. This lot I've picked from a pile of about 250-300 CPUs, and there where like 30 CPUs that looked somewhat ok, but with no guarantee that they will actually work. The rest was just scrap. A few months ago I found a good looking AMD K6-2+ 550ACZ with not one pin bent and no other visual damage and still the CPU was dead.
As with the wife part, I have a strategy that kind of works... for now. I'm not taking home more then a handful of stuff at a time. I prefer to leave them in the car or take the stuff to the basement... 😉