In Pictures: Tom's Hardware Recovers Gold And Silver From CPUs

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  • jprahman
    It's kind of sad to see these processors get destroyed, I mean some of those are classics that would be cool to have as a keepsake.
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  • LuckyDucky7
    Woah! Better keep those AMD CPU's- those are ancient relics of when AMD used to actively compete with Intel!
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  • The Greater Good
    A lot of work for that little BB.
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  • The Greater Good
    A lot of work for that little BB.
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  • jprahman
    It's kind of sad to see these processors get destroyed, I mean some of those are classics that would be cool to have as a keepsake.
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  • gmcizzle
    And here I thought high school chemistry was useless. Don't try this at home though...well unless you want to see how fast chlorine gas kills everything around you.
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  • alhanelem
    i have an old pentium MMX on display (in my room on a shelf where all my unused computer hardware goes)
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  • LuckyDucky7
    Woah! Better keep those AMD CPU's- those are ancient relics of when AMD used to actively compete with Intel!
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  • Tamz_msc
    I love these articles!
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  • slicedtoad
    huh, didnt know gold could become a compound.
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  • de5_Roy
    very nice article.
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  • soccerdocks
    High School Chemistry FTW!
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  • frostmachine
    Simple electrolysis can get it to even higher purity. 999 might be difficult but 916 n above should be easy. Good enough for a ring/pendant. Heck, with enough CPU u can even engraved "Intel Inside" :D
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  • nekoangel
    I knew a teacher that used to collect and strip as much stuff from components and then send it up to a company that recycles it and pays you a cut.
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  • QEFX
    Assuming you get free cpus and your time is free ... How much is the materials vs the silver/gold selling price? Not that I'd do it, but just curious.
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  • JOSHSKORN
    And how much is that gold BB worth?
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  • KonstantinDK
    Chlorine gas is WMD as long as I know. (first used in WW1) Shouldn't FBI be ll over your asses?
    Every1 be careful, it may suffocate u.
    http://www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/chlorine/basics/facts.asp
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  • koogco
    Definatly do not try this at home without good knowledge of chemistry and proper ventilation!
    For anyone who forgot, exotermic reactions means that things get very hot (as there is spare energy from the process)
    And yes, chlorine it very toxic, not that it takes more than 10 secs to make with remidies found commonly in a danish home >.>
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  • olaf
    i think if u calculate the cost of chemicals + resulting gold piece < cost of the cpu's as relics.
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  • Anonymous
    I couldn't help but laugh so hard when I saw the final result. XD
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  • feeddagoat
    The BBC done this in nang goes the theory. They used mobile phones and ram too. How much did the silver and gold come to especially vs buying the chemicals to produce them. Surely copper would be worth something too atm, the amount of street lights that have had the wiring stripped from them just for the copper!
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  • nforce4max
    Careful about what you destroy as some are worth much more than their base metal content and are very rare. Boards however go for it as most eventually become non recoverable as far as working is concerned.
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  • nforce4max
    JOSHSKORNAnd how much is that gold BB worth?


    About a dollar to maybe three at the most. It is not 24k quality and isn't worth much, wasting cpus on a small scale isn't worth the chemicals used to extract the base metals. Close to the size of one troy grain.
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