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Hardware Extreme heeft wat info over KNI en de K7:

"Why the K7 will NOT beat the Pentium KNI"

Even as the K7 is a good product it will not harm Intel very much. One reason for that is the cost. As the K7 is made for EV-6 slot A technology, the cost of each processor will be a lot higher. The L1 and L2 cache chips on cartridge are making the K7 quite big. Even when produced with the 0.25 technology, it will take a lot more wafers to produce K7 processors. The difference in cost for making 1000 K6-2's and 1000 K7 might be 300% higher. It is not for fun, that Intel designed the cheaper Celeron (PGA 370) when the Pentium II (slot 1) appeared to be very expensive. When the K7 is launched (mid 1999) it is far too expensive, only affordable for high-end mainstreams (where there are several competitors, like Alpha & Xeon). When the K7 convert to 0.18 its price will be more attractive. But that will be late 1999. That's why AMD will produce the K6-3 at the same time. THIS is the CPU that will compete with the Pentium KNI. On business performance, it will score quite well, but Intel's FPU (extended with KNI) will still be superior. And even if the K6-3 scores better, it will take only little time for Intel to release 500 and 600MHz versions of their revised Pentium II. Intel will still have the fastest x86 in 1999.

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