Microsoft's wall of cards

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Microsoft's wall of cards

Postby vlask » 2019-1-12 @ 10:14

Microsoft Direct3D team office has walls with collection of cards tested by them. And looks like its place with very high amount of rare seen prototypes. Its covered in this small article with very low quality and quantity of photos....
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/directx/2019/01/07/wall-of-gpu-history/
For me are interesting photos of Microsoft Talisman project (never seen real HW) and Pyramid 3D. But if you look at 5th photo, you will see more interesting cards under 1996 year sign and atomic circles. Something long with dual vga and 3 main chips is hiding there. And 2 rows under it something else short with orange maybe memory modules.....
So, main question is, who knows someone working there or preparing visit them - supply that guy with camera and instructions to skip taking photos of common ATI cards. So many hidden gems might be there.....
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Re: Microsoft's wall of cards

Postby vvbee » 2019-1-12 @ 11:09

Cool idea, though a vulnerable-looking setup. I'd feel compelled to walk dead in the middle down that hallway.
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Re: Microsoft's wall of cards

Postby doaks80 » 2019-1-12 @ 11:34

Wow that is cool. I wonder what the MS Office division has stuck on the wall.
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Re: Microsoft's wall of cards

Postby oeuvre » 2019-1-12 @ 13:57

doaks80 wrote:Wow that is cool. I wonder what the MS Office division has stuck on the wall.


Probably paper clips
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Re: Microsoft's wall of cards

Postby SpectriaForce » 2019-1-13 @ 22:04

Considers applying for a job at Microsoft now :wink:

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Re: Microsoft's wall of cards

Postby gdjacobs » 2019-1-14 @ 03:00

Don't doubt the power of Balmer sweat.
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Re: Microsoft's wall of cards

Postby leileilol » 2019-1-14 @ 03:33

Sadly I can predict a scene of someone taking that wall to scrap and/or bragging on vogons about their 31337 3d collector status....
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Re: Microsoft's wall of cards

Postby gdjacobs » 2019-1-14 @ 16:32

I can predict a scene of some French guy "upgrading" those boards with plumber's putty so he can LN2 overclock them.
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Re: Microsoft's wall of cards

Postby Mr. horse » 2019-1-14 @ 20:01

gdjacobs wrote:I can predict a scene of some French guy "upgrading" those boards with plumber's putty so he can LN2 overclock them.

His hwbot acount says he's from senegal. But I been told he's french too.
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Re: Microsoft's wall of cards

Postby Mr. horse » 2019-1-14 @ 20:04

SpectriaForce wrote:Considers applying for a job at Microsoft now :wink:

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Re: Microsoft's wall of cards

Postby oeuvre » 2019-1-15 @ 13:05

when you apply just send that GIF in the application
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Re: Microsoft's wall of cards

Postby Tetrium » 2019-1-16 @ 23:27

vlask wrote:Microsoft Direct3D team office has walls with collection of cards tested by them. And looks like its place with very high amount of rare seen prototypes. Its covered in this small article with very low quality and quantity of photos....
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/directx/2019/01/07/wall-of-gpu-history/
For me are interesting photos of Microsoft Talisman project (never seen real HW) and Pyramid 3D. But if you look at 5th photo, you will see more interesting cards under 1996 year sign and atomic circles. Something long with dual vga and 3 main chips is hiding there. And 2 rows under it something else short with orange maybe memory modules.....
So, main question is, who knows someone working there or preparing visit them - supply that guy with camera and instructions to skip taking photos of common ATI cards. So many hidden gems might be there.....

That is awesome! :D

I wonder if there's a full list of all the cards there. Or better quality pics :D
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