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Do you know any tech that seems like it was a good idea but it never took off in popularity. There are a few things that come to mind.
For one I remember the HDD/ssd dock that could be found on cases like the Thermaltake Dokker, CM Storm Stryker
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Two computers in one PC case? (Full size ATX motherboard plus a Mini-ITX motherboard)
 
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What about Firewire that was faster than USB but got surpassed by USB. Little bit like VHS did to Beta-Max.
 

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Two computers in one PC case? (Full size ATX motherboard plus a Mini-ITX motherboard)
I need two of those for four of my rigs. Space saving!
 
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I might still have a functioning Iomega ZIP drive in storage.

HD-DVD?

16:10 monitors? Maybe there's still some around, but man they went by the wayside quickly and unfortunately.

Windows ME... :D

FreeWWWeb Free Dial-Up... we got about 6 months, which was sweet. Then Juno bought em' out...probably didn't cost much.

Netburst Arch...R.I.P. P4, but the Core2 era was so much better and more fun for OCers. That was my golden era. I still have my P4 630, in all its hot running useless glory.
 
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HD-DVD seemed to be interesting but didn't pull out, lower capacity in comparison to blu-ray discs is definitely one of reasons.

Double-sided optical discs, didn't see any in my entire life and i burnt a lot of CDs and DVDs.

As already mentioned firewire was superior over usb and unfortunately didn't last well.

1TB magnetic tapes, do not remember name of that standard, released in 1997 i think.

Gigabyte's i-ram which was hardware ramdisk, awesome thing but it's price killed it.

Dedicated PPU (Physics Processing Unit), similar case as i-ram's, price killed it and nVidia bought out Ageia, ported technology to be processed by gpus.

I can add few more example when i will remember something interesting.
 

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Atari's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial :laugh:

 

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Gigabyte's i-ram which was hardware ramdisk, awesome thing but it's price killed it.

Speaking of ram, RDRAM from RAMBUS. I still have some for my original P4 build. Runs hot, slow and was too expensive for what it offered.
 
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Here's another, no wonder these types of cases didn't catch on. This one is huge with the price to match.
Thermaltake Core W200 Super Tower Chassis - https://www.thermaltake.com/products-model.aspx?id=C_00002894

Also a Lian Li had a case with space for two separate systems inside. "Designed for hardcore enthusiasts, the case will eventually go on sale for somewhere around $400."
 

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Isn't this a thing still? Like, there were dual-system cases at Computex just last year. Bit early to call it a dead trend, don't you think?
I don't see were it really caught on, but maybe it is to soon?
 
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Isn't this a thing still? Like, there were dual-system cases at Computex just last year. Bit early to call it a dead trend, don't you think?

Yep, dual system pc cases are still designed and released from time to time. Fairly rare and definitely not widely marketed in mainstream tech media but definitely not dead by any means, more like niche category of things.
 
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There were GPU's that used GDDR 4 ram that were fast replaced by GDDR 5
Dell ATI FireGL V7700 512MB GDDR4 SDRAM
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Tape-Drives


Obselete tech living on borrowed time is all tape drives are but who's to say they may never completely disappear.
 
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Scratch that, wasn't even good idea.
 
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