Photo Awesome #20: Name That Hardware!



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  1. A controller card for a microwave
  2. A DirectPorn card from Primus International.
  3. Bottle opener
  4. Semen Sample petri dish - automatic tray dispersal


u nailed it!



Gigabyte Intel P4 845 motherboard

Nvidia GeForce 5900 series card

RDRAM memory card

Kenwood CD-Rom



1.  motherboard with a vertical pci slot

2. a 5800 video card with no fan

3. RAMBUS with an I/O controller hub chip

4. Kenwood 40x multi beam drive, Loud as @$#%



The motherboard - Gigabyte GA-8INXP - this had many spin offs - one that ran AMD chips and one that had Ultra SCSI - they used the hell out of that platflorm - owned one .. didnt need the DPS - wasn't overclocking. 

--Video card - FX-590 ultra (Gen 1 AGP - notice the two notches .. )

--Memory module - I venture a guess - Cache Ram for Pentium1  machines - a carry over from the i486 technology.

Ahh .. good ol kenwood - tripple beam technology - a drive way ahead of its optica time .. and most media on the market back in the day. 



Gogabyte GA-SINXP-1394 Motherboard

MSI 600-126 FX5800

Intel chipset FW82805AA

Kenwood DVD ROM drive




What losers had the FX 5800?  I had a FX 5900 flashed w/ the FX5900 Ultra BIOS, ROCKING Doom 3 back in the day, baby!




2:graphics card

3: new southbridge chipset

4 kenwood dvd drive



#1 The failed BTX design motherboard

#2 GeForce FX5800


#4 Kenwood 72x


Lord Omega

1: Not sure what board but looks like a socket 478 or maybe a AMD board IDK

2. 5800, Who could forget that piece of crap?

3. Pentium II slot type - My guess, with Rambus L2 cache

4. Not even a clue



1. Dont know, but theres some weird slot next to the CPU socket.

2. Leafblower (?)

3. RamBus (?)

4. No idea



1) Gigabyte GA-8INXP? 

2)Dell NV34 128MB AGP w/TV-Out

3) ????

4) Kenwood's 52X True-XTM IDE CDROM?



1) origional layout for monopoly board
2) caveman hair dryer
3) quantum time module
4) new age pizza pop toaster


Brock Kane

All I know for sure is the NVidia AGP 7800GS video card



1. Gigabyte GA-SINXP1394(GA-8SQ800 Ultra2)

2. Nvidia GeForceFX 5800

3. 512mb RDRAM with 4x Samsung 128bm SDRAM chips and Intel MTH (to allow using RDRAM interface with SDRAM chips)

4. Kenwood True-X CDROM


Keith E. Whisman

You got it all correct. Your list is my list.


MdX MaxX

1) I don't know motherboards; all I can say is lol SiS integrated graphics and lol AGP.

2) An old Radeon?  I don't know.

3) One of those old CPUs that look like RAM sticks?  Or am I too outside the box?

4) There are different kinds of CD-ROM drives? [/sarcasm]


Keith E. Whisman

That's not SiS integrated graphics, that's a SiS chipset. The SiS chipset wasn't the fastest and most powerful chipset for the P4 platform. That 8X AGP slot was for enthusiast level graphics hardware.



Motherboard, graphics card, RAM, CD-Rom drive... that's all I know.



I had one of those True-X drives - It was AWESOME. The only thing hilarious about that drive was the failure rate. Mine lasted a few years, so I felt like I got my money's worth. And it really WAS that much faster than most other drives. I remember MaxPC (or was it boot at the time?) had the benchmarks to prove it.



pentem pro mother bord


fx 5700

kenwood trueX multy lazer cd rom (i had one )


the first 3 are my best gess

the last i had it and it worked ok for me but every now and then you run in to media it just did not like


Number Six

No. 3: Intel MTH (Memory Translator Hub) chip, which supposedly let you use DIMMs on a i820 chipset.  Although I'm baffled as to how or why it is stuck on an RIMM that isn't a riser card.  Looks like someone was trying to design a RIMM with DRAM, maybe for use on i820 boards that only had RIMM slots?  Weird.



This makes a little more sense... I saw a few guesses that it was RAM, in particular; RD RAM. My experience with RD RAM was that it was apparently so hot that it was always shipped with a heat dissipator. But I'm not sure. xD



These are all from a "tech blunders" article I remember them publishing a few years back.







1. No idea, but from the comments it's the Gigabyte GA-SINXP1394 Motherboard (thanks to dentaku).

2. OMG THE LEAF BLOWER (or Dust Buster, GeForce 5800 FX)!!!


4. I had no idea, but a look at the comments told me that it was a Kenwood Multilaser CD-ROM (thanks to MeanSquare).

Isn't it funny how I knew the most controversial ones?



No clue, but I like the colors!



That Gigabyte GA-SINXP1394 Motherboard has a stupid proprietary 3-phase power circuit DPVRM daughter card.



1 is a Gigabyte P4 motherboard with an AGP slot, PCI expansion slots, 4 IDE and 1 Floppy socket, and a add-on power supply socket.  The power supply socket is the most proprietary, having never been used again in any system.  AGP, PCI, Floppy and IDE are being phased out.

2 is an AGP graphics card with a separate molex power input.  It's also one of the few AGP 64-bit cards as shown by the staggered traces on the slot connector.  Again, it's a "standard" that was hardly used and phased out completely with the advent of PCIe,

3 is a RAMBUS memory module.  Highly expensive and obviated by later developments.  Probably the most used of the four products shown, but still had a very brief lifespan and a lot of annoyed people who bought into it and had to spend even more at upgrade time.

4 a Kenwood multi-laser CD-ROM.  Once again, an attempt to goose available technology in a way that was used on one product line and abandoned.


1. First Intel P4 based dual channel motherboard supporting ddr400 not just ddr266 in dual channel mode, using an SiS controller.

2. Dust Buster (Geforce 5800 FX, featuring Flow FX cooler!)

3. RIMM with an MTH on it, (i820 could support RDRAM and SDRAM)

4. Kenwood True-X (had 1, well more like 4 if you count how many RMAs I had) -EDIT : 3 I found the paperwork!



the first one is a gigabyte motherboard with support for an Intel Pentium 4 with hyper threading up to 3.06ghz, it has dual channel ddr up to 4 gigs, 2 sata ports, protection for 2x agp, raid support, the biggest thing that this would make a person scratch there head would be the Dual Power Voltage Regulator Module, which came as a daughter card that was fan cooled and plugged in to the slot beside the cpu socket the second picture looks to me to be a GeForce fx 5xxx card, referred to as a leaf blower for that’s what it sounded like, if i remember right it was one of the first cards to use an extra power connector, note the Molex power plug that was normally found on drives, before sata that is. the third looks to be a Rambus memory module, this is just a guess for thankfully i never had to deal with Rambus ram very much, i do now that it has to be installed in pairs and have a termanating module for each channel as well, joy. and the fourth picture, looks like a Kenwood 52x cd rom drive that could reach a speed of 6-7Mbs, these would be the ones that sound like you tower is going to fly off your desk, also known for having the random cd explode inside the drive while it was spinning up. That had to suck while you were picking cd shrapnel out of yourself.



#2 is the Geforce FX 5800.



1.  Gigabyte mobo with voltage regulator upgrade connector.  Allows you to add a higher performance VR module for more stable overclocks.

2.  GeForce FX 5800??  Hot hot hot, slow slow slow.

3.  RAMBUS module (or RAMBUS controller module??) from early socket 421 Pentium 4 board era.  I think Intel still wants this back guys as part of the recall...

4.  Good old Kenwood 72X multi-laser CD-ROM drive.  I loved mine despite what all of you say.  Of course mine lasted a lot longer than most....


That's all just a quick analysis.  Hopefully somebody digs up more humorous details and specs.



  1. Motherboard
  2. Video Card
  3. Memory Module
  4. Optical drive

Yeah I win - Oh you wanted specifics?






The drive must be one of the kenwood true-x line that split the laser into 7 beams to read 7 tracks concurrently.

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