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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 #11 of 40
I would go say for me it was E6600 C2D, It was the cpu of choice for many, I WANTED that chip in my early computer building days, but could never manage enough funds, so I got an e2140 for me. But e6600 was selling like crazy when it was out. I remember it got like bunch of Consumer choice awards from newegg. It was the sweet spot for performance/price .

It marked the true transformation from single core to dual core cpus.
post #12 of 40
At this current time, it would have to be the core 2 duos.

But I would say that in a couple more years the 2500k is going to be the 8800gt of the CPU market.
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post #13 of 40

Athlon 64 in my opinion.

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post #14 of 40
Q6600/2500k in my opinion, both offered great performance at an excellent price.
 
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post #15 of 40
Thread Starter 
Your opinion counts here. It could be scientific or a matter of personal preference. Educate us and keep the conversation going.
post #16 of 40
You could argue the 386, as it introduced Protected mode and Memory Management. It was the first x86 that could run modern OSes.

You could also argue the 486, as it introduced CPU multipliers (prior CPUs ran exactly at bus speed, though there may be other architectures that had that before the 486), and the on-chip FPU.

Most everything else is largely simple architectural evolution till the Athlon 64, but even that's not nearly as big a leap as the one between the 286 and 386!

Think about it, even today, most of your software would run on a 386 (maybe with different compiler optimization flags thanks to MMX/SSE), but there's little that will run on an Athlon 64 that won't on an Athlon XP.
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post #17 of 40
Intel 4004
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128GB Crucial M4 1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 2TB Seagate Barracuda ST 7200 RPM who cares 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC Raystorm XSPC Razor HD 7970 XSPC EX240 Swiftech MCP50X 
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Black Ice GT Stealth 240 2x XSPC Xinruilian 1650rpm 2x Yate Loon Slim 1800rpm Alphacool Light Tower 
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Windows 7 Gentoo GNU/Linux Dell UltraSharp U2412M CM Storm Trigger MX Brown 
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2TB 5400RPM GAMING HDD GAMING BLU RAY BURNER ONE GAMING CASE FAN UBUNTU W/ UNITY (I AM 1337 H4X0R) 
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HD-READY 24" 1366X768 PENTILE TN PANEL GAMING M... ALIENWARE TACTX UBER 1337 BACKLIT RUBBER MEMBRA... OFF-BRAND 200W GAMING PSU; 65% EFFICIENCY  ALIENWARE GAMING CASE WITH THE COOL GLOWING ALIEN 
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post #18 of 40
Thread Starter 
I listed 64 along with 64-X2. I guess I wasn't clear enough on that.
post #19 of 40
I voted Athlon64, but the Athlon XP was just as important. Remember, back in the Athlon Thunderbirds, and Athlon XP days, AMD was absolutely destroying Intel chips, with significantly lower clock speeds. If it wasn't for AMD, we would have single core P4's at 20GHz by now.

The Athlon64 / x2's were important as well though, as they were the very first to introduce x64, and dual cores. And they STILL absolutely smoked the competition from Intel.

Anything newer (Core 2 Duo included), honestly was just small jumps over the Athlon64 / x2 days. So those really shouldn't even be included. Even my i5 2500k is a small jump over my old Socket 939 Athlon x2 system.
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post #20 of 40
Q/E6600 Obviously
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