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AMD Slot A

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  • Unknown_K
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    Well finally got a slot-A motherboard with what looks like a K7-800 on it (built in firewire but no USB, odd), should get around to testing it with weekend.

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  • luckybob
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    Originally posted by Unknown_K View Post
    Nevermind it was a socket K-7 not slot-A

    thank you, I thought I was going crazy.

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  • Unknown_K
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    Nevermind it was a socket K-7 not slot-A

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  • luckybob
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    Originally posted by Unknown_K View Post
    Seen a seller selling those CPU's for $10 each on ebay, do they have heatsinks?
    yes. better than stock, but not by much. here is a link to the auction: http://www.ebay.com/itm/330740385163

    Also, $10 for a k7 1ghz? I've been looking for one for AGES! can you link to it? I obviously cant find it.

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  • Unknown_K
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    Originally posted by luckybob View Post
    If your in the market, I think a working spare board. from what I remember it worked, and had no frills... I wouldn't have kept it if it was bad. let me get it out of its box and give it a test. I *JUST* received THREE K7-1ghz chips from ebay for $30. ^.^
    Seen a seller selling those CPU's for $10 each on ebay, do they have heatsinks?

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  • luckybob
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    Originally posted by Unknown_K View Post
    Oh well, not going to get it since the seller is a prick and refunded my money.
    If your in the market, I think a working spare board. from what I remember it worked, and had no frills... I wouldn't have kept it if it was bad. let me get it out of its box and give it a test. I *JUST* received THREE K7-1ghz chips from ebay for $30. ^.^

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  • Unknown_K
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    Oh well, not going to get it since the seller is a prick and refunded my money.

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  • Rick Ethridge
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    My slot 1 is an FIC SD-11 board with a T-bird 950 Mhz chip. This is the computer with a 5.25 floppy drive. I use it as a server for 64HDD and special audio projects as it has an Audigy live-drive.

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  • deathshadow
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    I've got a rig I use for win98 gaming that's a 600mhz Slot A -- built around a MSI 6191 motherboard. I like the 6191 because the on-board sound is actually listed as a Creative Soundblaster ES1373 -- and without running any drivers or whatnot it boots right into DOS working as a SB-16, all that's needed is a BLASTER= string.

    Mated it up to my Voodoo 5 5500, though I've been tempted to drop it to the Voodoo 3 I have lying around because the 5 has some compatibility issues with early Glide stuff.

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  • Chuck(G)
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    I never found Slot A parts to be that common--they were almost completely flooded out by the Slot 1 Intel boards. Socket A, on the other hand, seems to be very common.

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  • Unknown_K
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    Funny how they are kind of rare for mass produced equipment, only a decade or so old too.

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  • luckybob
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    I actually have one that I'm playing with. I was lucky to find a "working" Abit KA7-100. When I say "working" I mean I had to replace all the caps before it would boot. I'm planning on using it with a 950mhz chip and a pair of voodoo 2's. I'd like to find a t-bird 1ghz chip but they seem to not exist. :P

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  • NeXT
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    I have not heard mention of Slot A in a long time. It was my first real upgrade from the 233mmx to a 550. That was back when the 1ghz processors were still fetching a fair sum on ebay.
    The motherboard I had though drove me crazy because it was my first introduction to the badcaps plague.

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  • Securix
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    I still have a bunch of Slot-A Athlons in some storage bins, but I think all my boards are toasted. I liked Slot-A, actually. Very easy to install and no accidentally bent pins. The boxed processors had decent cooling heatsinks/fans on them, but they were a bit wonky when it came to installing an aftermarket cooler with all those plastic shims and clamps. And they all had tiny fans on them that would seize up after a few months of use.
    Last edited by Securix; June 3, 2012, 08:22 PM.

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  • Druid6900
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    Yeah, I have a slot A motherboard that I use for a test jig. Snappy little sucker and very versatile. I don't have the specs on it at the moment because I'm in my den it the board is upstairs in one of my home workshops.

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