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BELLEROPHON

Prescott class, 2004

Current Status of Unit: Decommissioned / Dismantled

The second of VerTecX21's two Pentium 4 based units, Bellerophon [a hero of Greek mythology] was a Komplett S478 unit customised by VerTecX21 and built by engineers at Komplett in the United Kingdom. It was commissioned on 28th Nov 2004 to replace Hyperion as Main Computer.

Bellerophon boasted a 90nm "Prescott" CPU and adopted the GeForce FX5900XT GPU which was a previous upgrade to Hyperion. With 2GB of the new DDR RAM, a THE-certified soundcard and a 120GB HDD it was one of the most incredible machines for it's time.

After serving as Main Computer for almost 3 years, Bellerophon was replaced by Maxximus on 30th Aug 2007. Bellerophon subsequently became the Secondary System, but on 24th Jul 2008 not even a year in it's new role it suffered chronic systems failure believed to be caused by temperature overheating after a Northbridge fan failure, a voltage imbalance between RAM or an unforeseen BIOS issue. Bellerophon was deemed unrecoverable as a unit and  was decommissioned after 4 Years and 9 Months of service.


Specification for Bellerophon, finalised: November 28th 2004

CENTRAL PROCESSING UNIT: Intel "Prescott" Pentium 4 3.2GHz, Socket PGA478, L2 Advanced Transfer Cache - 1 MB

MOTHERBOARD: ABIT IS-7, I865PE, Socket-478, ATX, SATA Dual-DDR, Firewire, Raid, LAN, Sound, AGP8X

RANDOM ACCESS MEMORY: TwinMOS PC3200 SDRAM 400Mhz DDR, 2Gb (4x 512Mb) 184 pin DIMM

GRAPHICS PROCESSING UNIT: MSI nVidia GeForce FX5900XT VTD128 AGP 128Mb DDR

AUDIO PROCESSING UNIT: Creative SB Audigy 2 ZS, PCI Soundcard, THX Certified, 7.1 Channel, 24-bit/192KHz

HARD DISK DRIVES: Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 120GB S-ATA 8MB cache 7200RPM NCQ

OPTICAL DRIVE: NEC DVD-recorder ND-3500A IDE, DVD±RW (+R DL), Read 48x (CD) / 16x (DVD), Write 48x (CD) / 16x (DVD±R) / 4x (DVD+R DL), Rewrite 24x (CD) / 4x (DVD±RW)

CPU COOLING: Star Tech Socket 478 P4 CPU Cooler

CASING: Q-Tec Midi tower ATX 6023MD, Silver Value Line, w/350W AMD/P4 PSU.

OPERATING SYSTEM: Microsoft Windows XP, 32bit

Peripheral Devices

DISPLAY: ADI ProVista E55 17" CRT [Previously attached to Hyperion]

 

Significant Changes To Original Specification:

28/07/05 - Upgraded to Philips 19" LCD 190S5FS, 1280 x 1024 / 75 Hz, 12ms (Replacing CRT with LCD)

03/08/05 - Upgraded to Samsung 19" LCD Syncmaster 913N TCO03, 1280 x 1024 / 75 Hz, 8ms (Replacing Slow-refresh LCD with Faster refresh LCD)

25/08/05 - Upgraded to Sapphire ATi X800PRO, 256Mb GDDR3, 256bit AGP 8X (Graphics Card upgrade)

06/09/05 - Installed Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 250GB SATA 8MB 7200RPM (Storage space upgrade)

30/08/07 - Downgraded to Liteon 16x DVD-ROM (Diverting DVD burning to Maxximus) Added Philips 19" LCD 190S5FS, 1280 x 1024 / 75 Hz, 12ms  (2 extra LCD monitors for 3-monitor configuration)

14/09/07 - Added ATI Radeon 7000 PCI 32MB DDR (2nd graphics card for 3-monitor configuration) and Acer 15" LCD AL1511S TCO99, 1024 x 768 / 75 Hz, 25ms


Current Status of Parts:

MSI GeForce FX5900XT: Sold on Ebay 06/12/05

NEC ND-3500A: Installed in Maxximus as of 30/08/07

ADI ProVista 17" CRT: Installed on Hyperion 30/08/07

ABIT IS-7: Scrapped 26/07/08

Star Tech Socket 478 P4 CPU Cooler: In Storage 26/07/08

Q-Tec Midi tower ATX 6023MD: Scrapped 26/07/08

Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 120GB: Installed in Kerberos 30/07/08

Creative SB Audigy 2 ZS: Installed in Kerberos 30/07/08

Philips 19" LCD 190S5FS:  Installed in Kerberos 30/07/08

Acer 15" LCD AL1511S TCO99:  Installed in Kerberos 30/07/08

Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 250GB: Installed in Kerberos 30/07/08

Liteon 16x DVD-ROM:  Installed in Kerberos 30/07/08

Samsung 19" LCD Syncmaster 913N TCO03:  Installed in Kerberos 30/07/08

Sapphire ATi X800PRO: Sold On Ebay 17/08/08

TwinMOS PC3200 SDRAM: Sold On Ebay 24/08/08

Pentium 4 3.2GHz: Sold on Ebay 26/08/08

 

Costing:

The total cost of new parts for the Bellerophon system was €990.41 (UK£692.99) (US$1311.10) [Exchange rate as of 28/11/04]