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Four Retro Consoles Torn Apart and Photographed

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iFixit is turning its gadget-dismantling tools on some of our favorite retro consoles.

Things have changed a lot since the days of Atari and Famicom, haven't they? Among the changes is the fact that there exists a website that will dismantle any gadget the team gets its hands on. Over the last few days iFixit has been tearing apart old consoles, including the Atari 2600, the Nintendo Famicom, the RCA Studio II, and the Magnavox Odyssey 100.

Check out the pictures of these retro gadgets with all their bits hanging out. Click through to iFixit if you want to learn more about how they went about it.

Atari 2600


Nintendo Famicom



RCA Studio II


Magnavox Odyssey 100


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    vjineo , September 4, 2010 7:15 AM
    Thanks Tomshardware for ditching the slide-show and using a single page for all pics.
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    ddragoonss , September 4, 2010 5:27 AM
    The simpler, the better. My Atari 2600 still working properly; while my brand new xbox360...
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    rambo117 , September 4, 2010 5:47 AM
    PSHYA!! And those could even play cr.... I mean uh, tetris..
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    pangedit , September 4, 2010 4:26 AM
    How fast technology is advancing, I love it. My keyboard has more stuff in it than all of those combined LOL.
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    matt87_50 , September 4, 2010 4:35 AM
    wow, that electronics is so retro! perhaps even more than the bodies!
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    False_Dmitry_II , September 4, 2010 5:02 AM
    Compare what those look like to the bulldozer die shot.

    So much more simple...
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    scook9 , September 4, 2010 5:07 AM
    That stuff is simpler than some of the undergrad senior design projects I saw this year....lol
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    ddragoonss , September 4, 2010 5:27 AM
    The simpler, the better. My Atari 2600 still working properly; while my brand new xbox360...
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    jerreece , September 4, 2010 5:46 AM
    OMG - Breakthrough, our new process allows us to put 1,000 transistors onto a single die!!!!
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    rambo117 , September 4, 2010 5:47 AM
    PSHYA!! And those could even play cr.... I mean uh, tetris..
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    hundredislandsboy , September 4, 2010 6:10 AM
    Amazing. Now you can take all the "CPUs" from these consoles, combine their processing power and AMD can put it on a die the size of the period at teh end of this sentence.
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    demonhorde665 , September 4, 2010 6:32 AM
    I hope they didn't damage these things taking them a part, one day those old consoles will be real hot antique commodities if they still work.

    that said , my old atari 2600 burned up eyars ago in ahouse fire, never founda replacment, my old NES finnaly got the "slot fatique" syndrome so now it goes nutso after 5 minutes of play. my SNES still works but the rca video out on it broke (the coaxial still good though) the ssytem over all stil work great, my nintedo 64 stil works good but i only have two games for it right now, my dream cast got fried in a really bad power storm (it wasnt even turned on at the time just had it plugged in), my original xbox disk drive failed , so far my 360 still works great but well... LOL i'm more of apc gamer these days ,ahven'treally played my 360 much at all lately. doesn't help i don't have an lcd tv so even on component caples my old wide screen CRT tv only gets to 480p.
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    vjineo , September 4, 2010 7:15 AM
    Thanks Tomshardware for ditching the slide-show and using a single page for all pics.
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    hardcore_gamer , September 4, 2010 8:11 AM
    nostalgic
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    ecmjr , September 4, 2010 9:14 AM
    geez, so many thumbs down...
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    squallypie , September 4, 2010 9:19 AM
    omg who is giving all those thumbs downs?..
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    kd0frg , September 4, 2010 9:40 AM
    Whats nice is, you could combine all the processing power of those VPU's and have a higher min frame rate then what you'd get with a nvidia gtx 480!! OOOooooOooo he went there!
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    kd0frg , September 4, 2010 9:41 AM
    Make that ANY nvidia card for that matter :p 
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    dEAne , September 4, 2010 10:16 AM
    Thank you very much for this.
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    tektek2000 , September 4, 2010 10:44 AM
    I feel old... I had every single one of those consoles...

    Thanks for the good times!
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    elbert , September 4, 2010 12:09 PM
    The good old Atari 2600 sure brings back fun memmorys. I got the Paddle with mine for playing pong. Megamania was my favorite game of all times.
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    ichbinyogi , September 4, 2010 12:30 PM
    I think i played more Asteroids than anything, I loved that game still do
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