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    Sifting through my junk and found these babies . My first over-clock amd athlon thunderbird 650 I believe oc'd to 850 had a 550 or 600 that would not oc worth a crap so got the T-Bird which had L2 cache I belive .Anyone else old enough to remember these ? Around 1998 I believe they were called golden fingers . You had to remove the case and install the maximizer on the fingers extending on the pcb of the card which allowed you to OC the processor.Used the dip switches on the maximizer to change everything Was hell of a lot of fun . Notice that badass dual cooler lol.







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    I was a kid then, but thanks for sharing! I've heard all sorts of stories in which people detail old-school overclocking, where it was more modding and less software.

    What made you decide to try to overclock?

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    Read about it and this processor was the Intel stomper , which at that time intel had a monopoly on the processor market so it encouraged me to press even further to push this sucker that much further ahead of the intel .
    Fun times .......

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    Ya, back then we had a Pentium 2 233 (Could've gone to a 266 for several hundred more! wooooo!)

    Just an afterthought, AMD really needs to get some marketing/advertising going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by logan View Post
    Ya, back then we had a Pentium 2 233 (Could've gone to a 266 for several hundred more! wooooo!)

    Just an afterthought, AMD really needs to get some marketing/advertising going.
    Yeah i hear ya ! I think the slot pentium 2 or 3 was its rival , was a long time ago kinda fuzzy. Was using the first Geoforce card at that time and the only benchmarks i remember were games . I think Mad Onion had just emerged , now 3dMark maybe ?
    This was my first build going from a mac 7500 which i installed a G3 chip in with a flashed voodo 3 card, hot stuff back then had to flash a windows card to mac bios .

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    Ah, I remember using a tape drive and waiting 20 minutes for Space Invaders to physically load off the tape and hoping it worked the first time. Fun times LOL.

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    I love thatthe maximiser is basically just a bundle of standard parts, could build one yourself :P. looks to me like 13 * 140 Ohm resistors, 4 * 56 Ohm, and a 470 Ohm, along with a an npn transistor, a ceramic/polyester type capacitor and two DIL switches. throw it all together with abit of clever wiring and you have one usefull toy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yblad View Post
    I love thatthe maximiser is basically just a bundle of standard parts, could build one yourself :P. looks to me like 13 * 140 Ohm resistors, 4 * 56 Ohm, and a 470 Ohm, along with a an npn transistor, a ceramic/polyester type capacitor and two DIL switches. throw it all together with abit of clever wiring and you have one usefull toy.
    Your exactly right someone smart in both simple engineering and marketing assembled these , marketed them then mass produced well kinda mass produced them and sold them to enthusiast like myself who were too lazy to do it them self. There were guides out there on how to do it during that time and also some other makes and models , but the maximizer was the original if I remember right and the quality was top notch .
    If i remember right one dip switch controlled voltage and the other multiplier .

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