Hoewel Socket 7 processors bijna in het graf liggen, The upgrade Center heeft er toch nog effe een paar getest. In het artikel zijn opgenomen de Cyrix MII PR433, de AMD K6-2 450 en de K6-3 450. Check het volledige artikel hier.
Luckily for the consumer, the price pressure from Intel on AMD and the rest of the industry has made AMD drop their prices right alongside Intel. This has made the AMD K6-2 450MHz (at around $75 to 80) a solid choice for best bang for your buck Super 7 processor. At 2X the cost, the K6 III is the better performer but the added cost does not match the performance difference. Don't get me wrong, given the choice I'd run the K6 III over the K6-2 anyday, but for most users the price difference is better spent upgrading memory or video cards.
Cyrix has obviously found it tough going with a processor based on the same old MII platform. Higher clock speeds and marketing PR numbers aside, there are too many good business app processors that also excel in gaming for Cyrix to last much longer with this design. With faster Celerons/PIIIs and the K7/Athlon about to make an assault on the market, Cyrix needs to right their ship and move toward releasing their much anticipated Jalapeno core if they have any hope of recapturing market share in the future. It's good to see Cyrix is still surviving, but ultimately newer, innovative products are needed to save them over the long term.