Inside the Atari 800

It's the 30th anniversary of this 8-bit PC classic. We celebrate the occasion as we always do, by tearing the product apart and showing you the pieces.

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Now that the shield is off, two major parts of the motherboard assembly are visible: a molded plastic cage (left) designed to guide cartridges and Memory Modules into place, and the motherboard itself. The plastic cage usually sits on top of the motherboard (as shown in the previous picture), but I've removed it and set it aside in this shot. The vertical card plugged into the rear of the motherboard is the CPU card, which we'll see more of in a moment.

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