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What is the most significant CPU architecture ever?

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    anything pre 286
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    80286
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    80386
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    80486
  • 1% (1)
    P5
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    K5 and K6
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    P6
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    K7
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    Netburst
  • 47% (25)
    K8
  • 26% (14)
    Core 2
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    K10
  • 1% (1)
    Nehelem and Westmere
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    Bulldozer
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    Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge
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post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
What CPU architecture is the most significant in your opinion? Why?
post #2 of 20
I would say the K8. It really opened the market to a fast affordable processor (at the time) that wasn't really ever though possible.
post #3 of 20
Is this in terms of IPC increase and future instruction set support? Or most Revolutionary, which goes to K8, where AMD finally stopped Intel's cycle of 5 year bs.
     
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post #4 of 20
The K7, because it marked the first time in the history of x86 computing that Intel had ever been decisively knocked off the performance throne.

I remember seeing preliminary benchmarks on the K7 before it was introduced, and it looked like it was going to be a disappointment. Then it showed up, with all the bugs worked out of the chip and its chipsets, and it demolished the top Intel processor of the time (the P3 Katmai line).

Intel really didn't deal well with the challenge. It was the first few years after the Athlon's arrival where they seemed to go from one fiasco to the next, before they finally regained the performance crown with the P4 Northwood. When AMD did it to them again with the K8, Intel handled the challenge much better.

Another remarkable thing about the K7 is that it put top of the line performance within anyone's reach, with no compromises. You could get better integer performance than Intel back in the K6/MII days, but for gaming, Intel was the only game in town. The Athlons were better than Intel for everything. I still remember buying the Thunderbird 1400/266 for $150 when it was the fastest x86 processor in the world. AMD sold the 3960X of its era for $150. We'll never see those days again.
     
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post #5 of 20
K8 gets my vote, first 64bit and dual core CPUs.
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X64
It was a shame that Windows XP X64 had so many bugs,
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post #7 of 20
I voted for k8..If not for that..we'd probably all still be running x86 32-bit cpus.
 
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post #8 of 20
Conroe gets my nod. It was the first time a CPU architecture had a memory controller that didn't suck. wink.gif One thing Intel has that is so often overlooked is a superb memory controller. That's why Bulldozer and Vishera just can't match Sandy and Ivy in single threaded performance: They just can't get data to and from the RAM fast enough. Well, that's ONE reason among many, but it's in my opinion the most significant one.

Also, Conroe was the last time the performance crown decisively changed hands. AMD got a wallop from Conroe that they still haven't recovered from. Nehalem, Westmere, Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge, every one has been superior to its AMD counterpart in the majority of respects. And Conroe really started that off. That shaped the CPU market of today, really. It caused AMD to roll the dice big on a new type of architecture, the Bulldozer architecture. That roll went very very poorly as we now see.

If it weren't for Conroe, AMD wouldn't have had to gamble like they did, but alas, such is business.
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post #9 of 20
Gonna have to go with K8, Conroe being a close second.
post #10 of 20
I thought Intel used the memory controller on the mobo going back some time now and then AMD made a cpu with one on the die and that was how AMD took the lead in the cpu market and then Intel copied Amd by putting the mem cotroller on die to,
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