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Matt (Matt12330)
Username: Matt12330

Registered: 1-2002
Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2003 - 8:31 am:   

I removed an odd looking chip from the AGP slot on an old computer, and I can't see to track down what it is.

It appears to be memory of some sort - manufactured by Corsair Microsystems, but I've never seen the like.
There appear to be 3 Integrated circuit chips mounted on the PCB, and it is slotted to fit in an AGP slot


On the IC in the center:

and the IC on the Left side
TA96388 on the right side of the PCB is stamped:
CORSAIR, 50-00017

The machine I removed it from is pretty old, but functional. Could this be some kind of video memory ?
Any help is greatly appreciated.
Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2003 - 8:49 am:   

If it is an Intel 815 based socket 370 board it is a memory card to increase the memory on some Intel 815 based integrated video motherboards it is specifically designed to fit in the AGP slot.
Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2003 - 9:04 am:   

If it is an old socket 4 or 5 pentium system than it might be a C.O.A.S.T. module (cache on a stick) which in some cases the slot appears to be AGP oriented but is actually interfaced direct to the mainboards CPU interface and not to what is now the AGP controller architecture.

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