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Making an AMD "goldfinger" clone ?

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Reply 180 of 186, by Doornkaat

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snufkin wrote on 2021-04-06, 17:19:

Essentially, I think, this is something that may be a problem on paper, but in practice it could be that it's very rare that it's a problem. With the testing you'll be able to do on a range of motherboard that should give a good indication whether this is something to worry about. Could be worth bearing in mind if someone has a problem making a passive GFD work in the future.

Thank you for all the answers! 👍 You're right, many of my conclusions were based on additional assumptions so they're not necessarily valid.
To me the original device just worked and therefore in my logic any clone would too. I never understood how any of this worked until I got into this thread and obviously my understanding is still superficial. 😅
Mostly I'm glad that there is no reason to expect the passive design to cause any damage. I would have felt bad if I released a PCB that could cause damage to others' hardware. (Well, damage beyond what's to be expected in overclocking.)
If any incompatibilities (of course caused by the GFD) are found in my testing the worst case would be a setting not registering correctly. I can live with that. 😉
I'll keep testing and if others try the design on their boards I'll be happy to add their results to the post.

Cheers! 😀

Reply 181 of 186, by gex85

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Wow, this has gained some traction once again. Great!
Since I have a few of the non-functional Northwind PCBs lying around (and one assembled), I might give your suggestions a try. But I currently don't have too much time to spare for retro activities, so it might take a few days.

But I have now calculated the cost for the Ninja Micro clones as I announced in this post: Re: Making an AMD "goldfinger" clone ?
I will be able to send out kits or assembled (and tested) units at 12,50€ each + shipping from Kiel, Germany. For assembled units, you are kindly requested to make a small donation as described in the post I linked above.
Since I will hand-solder everything, don't expect industrial-grade solder joints on the assembled units.
There are currently well over 10 kits left, so shoot me a PM if you want one.

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Reply 182 of 186, by Mel427

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Hi im Mel from Hanover, i would love to buy an assembled one from you. do you have a contact information? I can´t send an PM because i just registered new 😁

thanks 😀

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Reply 183 of 186, by ltsniper

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Wow, fantastic work guys! I’ve been hitting up eBay regularly for the past few years trying to get my hands on a second hand GFD but they are as rare as hens teeth. I noticed a listing recently which stated it was a clone and that more info could be found here on Vogons so here I am. I’ve got a 500mhz and 550mhz Argon and a 850mhz Tbird (integrated L2), I’ve already opened up the Argon’s and replaced the thermal pads for the L2 and die. Can I please order 2 x unassembled PCB boards Gex85! (New user can’t PM) Lt. Sniper

Reply 184 of 186, by gbeirn

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That's my listing. Welcome, stay awhile, it's pretty cool here.

I have sold 14 total across here and elsewhere. So if you are US based and interested, let me know. I don't think I will make another batch unless there is strong interest.

@Gex85 Attached is what you PM me about. I include that with my kits as well.

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Reply 185 of 186, by gex85

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gbeirn wrote on 2021-04-08, 15:36:

That's my listing. Welcome, stay awhile, it's pretty cool here.

I have sold 14 total across here and elsewhere. So if you are US based and interested, let me know. I don't think I will make another batch unless there is strong interest.

@Gex85 Attached is what you PM me about. I include that with my kits as well.

Thanks a lot! In the meantime, I found that there's an executable on the Ninjamicros website on archive.org that contains the manual embedded in some sort of viewer executable. From there I printed it to PDF, please see the attached file.

Mel427 wrote on 2021-04-07, 17:53:

Hi im Mel from Hanover, i would love to buy an assembled one from you. do you have a contact information? I can´t send an PM because i just registered new 😁

thanks 😀

ltsniper wrote on 2021-04-08, 09:51:

Wow, fantastic work guys! I’ve been hitting up eBay regularly for the past few years trying to get my hands on a second hand GFD but they are as rare as hens teeth. I noticed a listing recently which stated it was a clone and that more info could be found here on Vogons so here I am. I’ve got a 500mhz and 550mhz Argon and a 850mhz Tbird (integrated L2), I’ve already opened up the Argon’s and replaced the thermal pads for the L2 and die. Can I please order 2 x unassembled PCB boards Gex85! (New user can’t PM) Lt. Sniper

Hi guys, I'm very busy lately, so sorry for the delay. I'll try to PM you both, don't know if you can reply, but I'll include an e-mail address.

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Reply 186 of 186, by gex85

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For the Innovatek OC Card (the design used by Doornkaat), I looked up the documentation, too:

  • Website on archive.org (English): LINK
  • Website on archive.org (German): LINK
  • PDF Manual (German):
    Filename
    Innovatek OCDVr2 Manual German.pdf
    File size
    453.98 KiB
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    1 download
    File comment
    OCDVr2 Manual (German)
    File license
    Fair use/fair dealing exception

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