6 Replies Latest reply on May 25, 2016 1:01 PM by cavemanthe0ne

    AMD CPU History 101


      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




        • Re: AMD CPU History 101

          Nice story.  I wish I could remember what I had back when I was a kid.  I do remember that my first computer was a Commodore 64 and then went to an NEC tower. I couldn't tell you what was in it but I thought it was amazing.  We had the C64 forever and going to what I believe at the time was Windows 95 was such an upgrade.

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            lol nice story mate, I don't recall what was the processor name on my first computer but I do remember it was an AMD product clocked at 1.2GHz + 256 PC133MHz + 40GB HDD a total badass at that time .

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              I can remember because i kept almost everything, i will try to make a gallery with these relics.


              Among them, 5.25 Floppy's or a Sony 3.5 FDD. And the cherry on the top: AMD am 386 DX40.

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                I still got some old AMD CPUs

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                  my first PC(AMD PC) had AMD sempron 2500+ and asus radeon x1650 Pro, was hell of a PC back in the day for me.

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                    First PC I used was some Pentium that my dad gave me, could *barely* handle playing Medieval Total War, then when that broke I saved every penny and got a Phenom II x3 720 BE triple core CPU and a decent motherboard with it, along with a radeon 4670 to start.

                    Since then have shuffled around platforms, going from the AM2+ board I had, to AM3 with the same CPU, then got an i7 920 rig as a gift. Used that for a couple of years, and now I have an r9 390 paired with an i7 3970x as my desktop. My laptop is intel/nvidia but I got a great deal on it so I can't complain. Would really love to switch back to AMD CPU as soon as next gen drops, if it makes sense for me to