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First post, by Megantonneke

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For 286 build centred around an Ilon M-209 motherboard with a Harris CS80c286 20Mhz CPU, I was looking for a system case and came across this Heavy-duty Intel branded case (See bottom case on the photo below with a Laser 286/2 on top, for comparison of its oversized dimensions).

Has anyone seen this type of case/system before and have any info?

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The case has Intel branding on the back with a product number and serial, but an extensive internet search did not uncover any info.

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It has a 220W TEAPO Electronic Corp PSU, produced March 1990, with an Intel part number 108697-008. This type of PSU alone I also found on several 2nd hand site listings.
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Besides the high wattage, the case has also a 9-10 inch fan on the front, Globe Motors D47-B10A-O4W2-000.
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Clearly some heavy-duty system. There is also a label on the back that makes me believe that this system was maybe part of monitoring and control system for a sugar refinery.
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The word "SUIKER" in the top right corner is the Dutch word for sugar.

The screws to take the cover off the case are also of a type I have never seen before.
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Also, the drive bay covers have a special design where part of the cover goes over the front bezel of the case.
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There is copious space inside and mostly build-in stand-offs.
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Reply 1 of 5, by rmay635703

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Despite Intels own branded and internally assembled computers being somewhat rare you would think someone would have a list of the things from all the way back to the
8085 each year to the present

https://www.intel.com/content/dam/doc/report/ … nual-report.pdf

I have not noticed an Intel system of that vintage but have seen others

Too bad the old full AT INTEL 302 motherboard wasn’t left in there

http://bitsavers.trailing-edge.com/components … rence_Jan90.pdf

http://www.bitsavers.org/components/intel/_da … er_Handbook.pdf

Reply 2 of 5, by Megantonneke

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rmay635703 wrote on 2022-01-11, 00:01:

Too bad the old full AT INTEL 302 motherboard wasn’t left in there

Too bad indeed but It seems to have been pillaged and repurposed before.

Thanks for info. It did not occur to me that the Intel 302 on the label referred to the Intel motherboard.
I found in another thread here on Vogons an image of this type of board, which clearly needs a big case.

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Searching a bit more along the Intel 302 line I also found a PC magazine article from May 1989, with and an image of a system with this case of the Hertz Computer Corporation. The Hertz 386/16 and Hertz 386/25.
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This is the article about the system: https://books.google.nl/books?id=HpsOD9ZeqScC … epage&q&f=false

Reply 3 of 5, by rmay635703

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That has got to be the strangest description for a PC I’ve seen

To me needing an 8 layer board on something with discreet logic in that size is a bit of a routing failure, especially considering how late that board came out.

Sure it’s easier to fix bad ICs but good luck with a bad trace

Besides the proprietary “32 bit” slots Intel loved throwing on their boards gotta wonder what “Esoteric” features they feel this had?

My guess is that it’s a slow board even for a dx25, gotta wonder if anyone benched such a system

https://books.google.com/books?id=fHghpJa3va4 … 386%2F25&f=true

Oh wait someone did, it actually had cache and wasn’t terrible for 1988, what would have been a pig even compared to another dx25 in 1991

Ah well, $11,995 system with VGA and a 320mb hd in 1988

Reply 5 of 5, by BitWrangler

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rmay635703 wrote on 2022-01-11, 16:10:

To me needing an 8 layer board on something with discreet logic in that size is a bit of a routing failure, especially considering how late that board came out.

Yeah, shame they didn't partner with someone who had their own chip foundry to tidy up that mess </sarcasm>

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