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Does anyone know the value of Capacitor C1131 ? Also does this seem like a legitimate Sample / close to a prototype? It seems to be an "ATI Radeon X800 Pro 256MB GDDR3 AGP VGA/TVO/DVI-I"

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Does anyone know the value of Capacitor C1131 ? Also does this seem like a legitimate Sample / close to a prototype? It seems to be an "ATI Radeon X800 Pro 256MB GDDR3 AGP VGA/TVO/DVI-I"

View attachment 101076
What's the Asic P/N, it's bunched up, the P/N 102-A26101-00 is X800 Pro 256MB, but Brand can't be determined.
 
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What's the Asic P/N, it's bunched up, the P/N 102-A26101-00 is X800 Pro 256MB, but Brand can't be determined.
I haven't gotten it yet, but i'm trying to ascertain the chances of getting a legitimate ES where the die is also marked ENG or Engineering Sample, etc...

i have for comparison this REview sample label, much later revision:

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Ok the asic number doesn't look up on the web, the only thing i can think of is the Engineer Modification number. Otherwise post a screenshot of GPU-Z when it arrives, could probably tell what maker had that card.
 
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Ok the asic number doesn't look up on the web, the only thing i can think of is the Engineer Modification number. Otherwise post a screenshot of GPU-Z when it arrives, could probably tell what maker had that card.
Capacitor C1131 is ripped off the board, so i think it won't work until that's replaced

do you think it's too Final reference board / Revision to have an Engineering Sample labeled Die? The Rev. 19
 
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I haven't gotten it yet, but i'm trying to ascertain the chances of getting a legitimate ES where the die is also marked ENG or Engineering Sample, etc...

i have for comparison this REview sample label, much later revision:

View attachment 101079
Less than two weeks apart in the dates on those labels.
Also the Asic P/N is almost the same: 215RAACGA11FS and 215RADCGA11F
 

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Capacitor C1131 is ripped off the board, so i think it won't work until that's replaced

do you think it's too Final reference board / Revision to have an Engineering Sample labeled Die? The Rev. 19
Both have different revision numbers, last i recall the higher the revision number the closer the board is to perfection

Less than two weeks apart in the dates on those labels.
Also the Asic P/N is almost the same: 215RAACGA11FS and 215RADCGA11F
 
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The Revision 90 board isn't marked with ES/ENG/Engineering Sample, but is hand labeled with "L318"... honestly this doesn't give me much that the Rev 19 will have a labeled Die with ES, etc...

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Here's a VERY early (2/25/04) GREEN PCB ES with labeled Die... (wish it were mine...)

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The newer board was made a week later just about too, so rev 19, is closer to ES, but if it doesnt say ES on the Die then it might be a production die
 
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Ordered a new-old stock cooler for the S18 Pro :)

https://www.ebay.com/itm/330855909341

I still need to test the card as well... Either way - It will have a new cooler.

The Revision 90 board isn't marked with ES/ENG/Engineering Sample, but is hand labeled with "L318"... honestly this doesn't give me much that the Rev 19 will have a labeled Die with ES, etc...




Here's a VERY early (2/25/04) GREEN PCB ES with labeled Die... (wish it were mine...)
This is interesting. I have a number of non-qualification sample cards. Now I'll have to take a look at the Die.
 
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Does anyone know the value of Capacitor C1131 ? Also does this seem like a legitimate Sample / close to a prototype? It seems to be an "ATI Radeon X800 Pro 256MB GDDR3 AGP VGA/TVO/DVI-I"

View attachment 101076
It's a legit sticker, and as others have said the closer to release these cards got the more complete they got. It's always possible that a card has a retail ASIC (from a final batch that possibly includes shipped parts) and an ES sticker, or the reverse. I've seen a few cards marked ES that have board and ASIC dates newer than the retail launch of the part itself, doesn't necessarily mean it's not legit. It is still cool to have the full package though. :)
 
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These two are engineering or Press samples as well (At least I think?) I still need to remove the coolers. and change the TIM.
Can you get an Engineering / Press Sample (Review) of the FX 5800 Ultra with the Translucent Neon Green Shroud, please?
 
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Anyone seen something like this before (obviously not mine)

http://www.t-cpu.com/index.php/ati-sample/ati-sample/amd-radeon-grafics-es-3177.html#joomimg

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Bogus, so i asked for a Die shot of that Non-qualification Sample Rev. 19 and there's not even hand written markings let alone the ES/ENG/Engineering Sample silkscreen:

Il3h4V0[1].jpg


Linus Tech Tips pretty much underhandedly ripped an Intel Larrabee from me and Red Falcon (legitimate winner of an eBay auction)... it's bullcrap:

https://hardforum.com/threads/intel-larrabee-a-prototype.1948986/page-4#post-1043635263
 
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This isn't your typical Volari Duo V8. It was originally received in a broken state, and then repaired. It is owned by a Russian. Notice the burn mark on the back of the card:






 
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Waited almost 5 years to find one of these cards. There aren't many "Limited Edition" cards that I want for the collection simply because they were hyped up and sold at a massive markup, but the 5970 Limited makes the mark for being a unique design.

IMG_20180531_095132605.jpgIMG_20180531_095221563.jpgIMG_20180529_110504849.jpgIMG_20180531_100642812.jpg

The design is very closely related to the later 6990 (pictured above for reference). They are so close in fact that the PCB and backplate match in all but a couple places where screws are placed.

I haven't got any benchmarks recorded yet as I've just been having fun with the card so far. I should note that I am still looking for the original case or any of the accessories that the card would have come with. Sadly those are just as rare as the cards themselves, so it might be a pain to find.
 
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Anyone seen something like this before (obviously not mine)

http://www.t-cpu.com/index.php/ati-sample/ati-sample/amd-radeon-grafics-es-3177.html#joomimg

View attachment 101127

Bogus, so i asked for a Die shot of that Non-qualification Sample Rev. 19 and there's not even hand written markings let alone the ES/ENG/Engineering Sample silkscreen:

View attachment 101128

Linus Tech Tips pretty much underhandedly ripped an Intel Larrabee from me and Red Falcon (legitimate winner of an eBay auction)... it's bullcrap:

https://hardforum.com/threads/intel-larrabee-a-prototype.1948986/page-4#post-1043635263
ive seen one and actually used a working one. its not exactly the same one you have there but it was a mobile hd5570 or something like that.

edit: tested it and could not get it to run. ill pull the heatsink off later and take a pick of the die.
 

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ive seen one and actually used a working one. its not exactly the same one you have there but it was a mobile hd5570 or something like that.

edit: tested it and could not get it to run. ill pull the heatsink off later and take a pick of the die.
make sure to get the text of the die visible in the shot xD

i collect chip numbers xD

The Revision 90 board isn't marked with ES/ENG/Engineering Sample, but is hand labeled with "L318"... honestly this doesn't give me much that the Rev 19 will have a labeled Die with ES, etc...

View attachment 101081


Here's a VERY early (2/25/04) GREEN PCB ES with labeled Die... (wish it were mine...)

View attachment 101082

View attachment 101083
R420 Chip Numbers:
R420 GT (215RAACGA12F)
R420 PRO (215RAACGA11F)
R420 PRO ES (215RAYBGA11F)
 
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Been a while since I check up on you guys. Been busy with my own collection recently, got a couple new cards to share soon.

Buuuut... while browsing google images I stumbled across this thread & found the guy who ended up with the 1 and only Sapphire Radeon 9800 Maxx in existance.

He also owns a functional SiS XGI Volari Duo V8 Ultra 256MB as well which I thought was perfect to add to the list here. These cards are very rarely talked about. And are truely one of the last real challangers to the ATI/Nvidia duo back in the early 2k's. This thing looks about on par with a 9500 Pro from looking at the reviews listed below.

I also know there is XGI Volari V5 128mb single chip version as well, but I couldn't find any decent enough photos of one worth sharing.

Outlet Reviews here:
http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/graphics/755-xgi-volari-duo-v8-ultra-256mb/
http://ixbtlabs.com/articles2/volari-duo/index.html

I couldn't find a upclose of the die's. But this was the best high res image of the card I could find. Suitable for here I hope.


View attachment 92979View attachment 92980

How rare would you all say the XGI Volari Duo V8 is?
 
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How rare would you all say the XGI Volari Duo V8 is?
Extremely.
Mostly just promo and review samples. Not sure if you could ever buy them retail. If you could, not very many sold.
 
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Extremely.
Mostly just promo and review samples. Not sure if you could ever buy them retail. If you could, not very many sold.
if one were to procure a brand new in the box and unsealed one, would it be a major blunder to unseal it to verify the contents?
 
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