AMD CPU History 101

Discussion created by johnnyenglish on May 19, 2016
Latest reply on May 25, 2016 by cavemanthe0ne

Hi all!


As i stated before, i had the privilege to run some really old computers back as a kid. [insert old man mood here]

Now i wanted to see how much of you saw intel & amd CPU's competing under 100mhz (yes, i said MHZ).


Tell us your proud story


Mine actually started in the Apple side with a Macintosh SE, but two mac's later i was trying out the intel 486 and a amd 386 (i still have this chip here). Cool enough to play Dune, Doom and UFO (and do the homework).

A Pentium 166mhz then came brand new with 16Mb ram, 1.6Gb HDD, S3 Trio video card and (wait for it!) a 10x CD player. It was my very first brand new PC without scavenging (buying ) for used/unwanted parts, a few months later i "broke in" the case and altered 1 jumper to overclock it to 200mhz. After it i got a Pentium II 266 OC'ed to 333mhz and later 400mhz (it fried). The AMD side starts here with Athlon thunderbird 1Ghz, then a AthlonXP 1800+ (and it did kicked intel P4 2ghz hard with only 1533Mhz). AthlonXP 2000+ Athlon64 3500+, Athlon64 X2 4400+, Athlon64 X2 5000+, PhenomII X2 555 and now a PhenomII X4 965 BE (i think its all). I used quite alot CPU's and to be honest, the money you pay for AMD, its worth it.
I remember that i paid bug time to get a Pentium II, much more than the AMD upgrade with board and other stuff. Here in Portugal, back in year 2002, a Intel Pentium III 1.1Ghz costed 40000$ (escudos) about 199.52€ or 223.56$ US (at todays conversion rate) and a AMD athlonxp 1600+ costed about 195$ US and it would destroy the pentium III in every way possible. Pentium 4 2Ghz would be priced around 391$ US and lost to a AthlonXP 1800+ 301$ US.


Benchmarks at that time:

AthlonXP 1800+ 4234MIPS (SiSoft Sandra 2001) 6618 (3DMark 2001)

Intel Pentium 4 2Ghz 3692MIPS (SiSoft Sandra 2001) 6319 (3DMark 2001)


Now that the History 101 ended, tell us your story