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The Real Stuff: AMD K6-3 Preview deel 1

Hier in het kort samen gevat, de preview van Anand Lai Shimpi.

"It wasn't until the release of the K6-2 that there was reason to have faith in AMD again, the K6-2 pulled trough as a highly competetive product to the Pentium II, at a lower cost. In response to this treat, Intel released their own low-cost alternative, the Celeron A , wich once again, put AMD to shame. Troughout their history, AMD has always seemed to fall just a hair short of winning the gold, and in a race where only the winner survives, second place just doesn't cut it. Officially planned for launch sometime in early 1999, the K6-3 will be the last processor for AMD to be used in a socket-7 mobo before they make the transition to their new slot based architechture for the K7. The roots of the K6-3 are securely fastened in the same ground that sprouted the K6-2, in that the K6-3 is based on the same core as its predecessor was. The 0.25 micron chip boasts the same 64 KB of L1 cache, the same 3DNow! instructions, and the same motherboard requirements as the K6-2. AMD's goal troughout the process of revitalizing the Socket-7 platform has been to offer a clear upgrade path to all Socket-7 users, without requiring them to purchase new mobo's, as AMD assumes that if you're going to buy a new mobo you may be lured away from Socket-7 by a tempting Slot-1 board. In the past, this goal has been met to a certain degree, with the K6, you needed to have a board that supported the unique core voltages of the processor, and with the K6-2 you needed to have a Super7 compliant motherboard in order to get the full benefit of your processor. This time around, AMD simply requires that your mobo's BIOS be up to date with full support for the new AMD K6-2 400(based on the CXT core) in order to take advantage of the K6-3."

Volgend deel 2: What you get

Door Nieuwsposter

22-12-1998 • 17:02

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