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Poll Results: What do you think is the most significant CPU ever produced?

 
  • 3% (4)
    Intel pre Pentium (i386, i486, ...)
  • 5% (6)
    Intel original Pentium
  • 1% (2)
    Intel P6 (Pentium Pro, P3, Celeron A, Pentium M,...)
  • 0% (0)
    AMD K5, K6
  • 9% (10)
    AMD original Athlon, Athlon XP
  • 1% (2)
    Intel Netburst (P4, Pentium D, ...)
  • 18% (19)
    AMD Athlon 64, X2
  • 35% (37)
    Intel Core (Core, Core 2, ...)
  • 3% (4)
    AMD Phenom, Phenom 2
  • 18% (19)
    Intel Core i7 (post Nehalem)
  • 0% (1)
    AMD FX (Bulldozer)
  • 0% (0)
    Via Nano
  • 0% (0)
    Others Pre Pentium (Motorola, Zilog, ...)
  • 0% (0)
    Others Intel, AMD (Atom, Itanium, ...)
  • 0% (1)
    Others (Cyrix, IBM PowerPC, Qualcomm, Nvidia Tegra, ...)
105 Total Votes  
post #1 of 40
Thread Starter 
What do you think is the most significant CPU ever produced? Why? If you don't like the choices in the poll, please post in comments a specific processor and the reason why you think it is important or leave a general comment.

***** NOTE *****
Athlon 64 and Athlon 64 X2 are grouped together in the poll
Intel Core i7 means all i7! **IGNORE THE PART THAT SAYS "POST NEHALEM"**
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Edited by so-gun - 3/3/12 at 7:23pm
post #2 of 40
For me it's the Core series (Q6600) .... Just because that's when I really started getting into computers...
post #3 of 40
how do you define most important? historically? technologically?
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I upgraded CPU too much Q6600->Q9550->Core i7 920->2500K. All these jumps where very small. Even When i moved from AMD 64 3700+ Single Core to Q6600 Quad Core i did not thing it was a huge upgrade in terms of everyday use task.
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post #5 of 40
I would say i7 because of 2500k/2600k. My 2600k was the first time I was satisfied with a cpu, and didn't feel it was a bottleneck to my gaming rig (6950 X-fire to current 7970 X-fire). I have had it for over a year, and still don't have the upgrade itch for it< that's amazing in itself because boy did I always feel like I needed a faster cpu wink.gif
Edited by stryker7314 - 2/27/12 at 1:00pm
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post #6 of 40
Quote:
Originally Posted by InterestedThirdParty View Post

how do you define most important? historically? technologically?

i think the point is that you have to decide why.

one processor that i believe should be included, but is not, is the Athlon 64 (not the x2). The Athlon 64 was the second 64-bit processor ever created (the opteron being the first), but the first intended for consumer use. this was a milestone in current processor technology.

the order of release for the athlon series was:

Athlon (later named Athlon Classic)
Athlon XP
Athlon 64 (the first consumer 64 bit processor)
Athlon X2 + Athlon 64 X2
Edited by macsters - 2/27/12 at 1:10pm
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post #7 of 40
I'd say the i7 920 is what really changed the game. That CPU was and still is a top contender. It looks like intel has done nothing but improve upon its design. I'm sure the next intel line will be i7-xxxx as well.
post #8 of 40
Definitely Skt: 1366 i7 CPU's were my favorite. I missed my Xeon so much, I ended up re-buying the same one off the guy I sold it to over a year ago. The same day I set it up, I noticed it hadn't degraded after all that abuse. lol
Seeing that it's still a monster in terms of performance even though it's now several years old is amazing.
    
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post #9 of 40
There are way too many.

AMD Athlon 64 introduced 64 bit computing for consumers and blew Intel out of the water in terms of performance. The Core 2 Quad series offered amazing performance and only now are overclocked Q6600s are starting to show their age. Nehalem was absolutely breathtaking and Sandy Bridge offered high end performance for the mainstream market at affordable prices.
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Originally Posted by starspy View Post

I'd say the i7 920 is what really changed the game. That CPU was and still is a top contender. It looks like intel has done nothing but improve upon its design. I'm sure the next intel line will be i7-xxxx as well.

yeah... why post Nehalem... It was the original i7 series that started it all... getting rid of the north bridge and introducing QPI were pretty significant...

Hyper-threading reintroduced.
4–12 MB L3 cache
Second-level branch predictor and translation lookaside buffer
Native (all processor cores on a single die) quad- and octo-core processors
Intel QuickPath Interconnect in high-end models replacing the legacy front side bus
64 KB L1 cache/core (32 KB L1 Data + 32 KB L1 Instruction) and 256 KB L2 cache/core.
Integration of PCI Express and DMI into the processor in mid-range models, replacing the northbridge
Integrated memory controller supporting two or three memory channels of DDR3 SDRAM or four FB-DIMM2 channels
2nd generation Intel Virtualization Technology which introduced Extended Page Table support, virtual processor identifiers (VPIDs), and non-maskable interrupt-window exiting
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