Some guy in Japan found out how you could run Intel Celeron CPU's in SMP (2 or more CPU's in 1 system). The rest is history, The Dual Celeron System. Shortly thereafter CPU-Centeral took that idea and enhanced upon it.
Why a toaster oven (ToastMaster DeLux Broiler Oven to be precise) you may ask? Quite some time ago I got one of the first production Canopus Pure 3D Voodoo (1) graphics cards. It sumarely attained tempatures that killed my Kingston PCI net card, and removed fingerprints when I quickly ripped the card from my system. Between that incident and a little dabeling in overclocking I got a reputation. I was now the but of so many pointless smoking, nuking, & flaming PC jokes it wasn't even funny. Well all I can say now is they aren't pointless anymore. =-) Soldering on your CPU's and stuffing them into a toaster definatly qualifies you for the cool and probably crazy hardware catagory.
Toaster front on.
Toaster front on #2.
Toaster from the side.
Toaster from the side #2.
Toaster front on,
Toaster front on, closeup #2.
I decided to use Cleron 300a PPGA's and slocket adapters, due to the ease and lower risk of solder on the slockets. I had an old Tyan Tiger 2 dual CPU motherboard with a bad flopy controler laying around. 64mg SDRAM, 2mg Trident PCI video card, SMC tulip netcard, & an ISA IDA/FDD controler (to deal with the busted FDD controler in the MB). It is currently running a 300 mg HD until I can beg, borrow, or steal a better one.
I had been having random rebooting problems with my desktop P2 450, and had to underclock it to 375mhz. I was able to run one of the Celeron 300a's at 464mhz without problems. The old LX based Tyan Tiger 2 motherboard could only run at a 66mhz, preventing any overclocking of the Celerons. I decided to run the P2 and one of the Celeron's in the toaster (they are the same multiplyer, which I considered when buying 300 vs. 333 Celerons), and then put the faster Celeron in my desktop. The freakier, the better, and yes it does work.