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Ah, the Pentium. How it changed my life. wubsmiley.gif


Being the son of a struggling single mother, I was fortunate enough to have been given a Pentium 100Mhz Gateway back in the mid 90's. That thing was fantastic. It was the dip switch controllable FSB that totally opened my world to the concept of overclocking. I still miss it sometimes. I still have several original Pentiums, Pentium Pros and quite a few P2s and P3s still out of a sense of nostalgia.

Hmm....I wonder if I should rebuild an old Socket 7 system....
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the K6-2 (and ESPECIALLY the fantastic K6-3+) were great options back then. Nothing to be ashamed of. biggrin.gif
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My first computer was an AMD (K5 I think). I didn't get my own Pentium until the Pentium 4 in my old Dell. I could run Modern Warfare at ~15 fps with that and my 9400 GT. redface.gif
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Happy Birthday Pentu!
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My first computer had a pentium 1 and a nvidea 256mb gpu and i owned it in 2003 when i was 6 so its my 10th anniversary of owning computers
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Originally Posted by UnrulyCactus View Post

the K6-2 (and ESPECIALLY the fantastic K6-3+) were great options back then. Nothing to be ashamed of. biggrin.gif
The first edition K6 was. It had horrible 3D performance. I remember buying a NVidia Riva TNT to play Quake 2 with more FPS compared to my old Voodoo1 4MB card. It was faster, but only after every single texture was loaded into the memory. The first 5 minutes on a new map was spent running around looking for every texture and shooting every weapon, so that when the match actually started I did not have 5FPS.
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I had a gateway all in one we bought from a friend for 400 dollars (at the time it actually was a decent deal, it was back...I think when the voodoo 5 had come out (because the guy we got it from, happened to have bought a voodoo 5, and used its box to put various parts and stuff in for us hah, That burning man image has been, well burnt, into my brain ever since)
I can't remember the exact chip, but I think it was clocked at 333mhz (it played Falcon 4.0 perfectly fine with decent graphic settings)

After that we bought a brand new Gateway Performance 1000. It had a Radeon SDR (now called the 7200) and a pentium 3 clocked at 1ghz, 128mb of ram, 20gb of hard drive space, and a 1x (or was it 4x) dvd-rw burner. All for the low low price of..$1600!

I used that system for far too many years. Upgraded it to 384mb of ram, a 120gb hard drive (told my dad his was busted, which it wasnt, his system needed a new mother board, and power supply) then threw in a radeon 9200 i got for free.

After that I went green and haven't gone back.
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My first Pentium was a Pentium PRO. Beast of a cpu, 512kb cache at 166 MHZ I think? Might have been 150. I was 4 at the time and just getting into computers and to be fair, I didn't know how much of a beast cpu it was at the time. I think i've owned a pentium in most generations, including P2,P3,P4, Pentium D, Pentium Dual core e2160,e5200 and g680...and not one has let me down. Happy birthday!
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Pentium mmx 166mhz. Good times.
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The first edition K6 was. It had horrible 3D performance. I remember buying a NVidia Riva TNT to play Quake 2 with more FPS compared to my old Voodoo1 4MB card. It was faster, but only after every single texture was loaded into the memory. The first 5 minutes on a new map was spent running around looking for every texture and shooting every weapon, so that when the match actually started I did not have 5FPS.

AMD made the mistake of rushing it out the door. The AMD-K6 was basically just the unreleased NexGen 686 that AMD acquired when it bought NexGen. AMD modified the design to work on a Socket 7 interface and then pushed it out the door, even though NexGen's design had poor FPU performance. The 3DNow instructions added to the K6-2 were created to address this weakness.

The K6-2 and a Voodoo2 SLI or Voodoo3 was the way to go for a long time if you wanted to play games on the cheap. 3dfx optimized their stuff for 3DNow better than anyone.

I still have an old Compaq laptop from 1998 that came with a K6-2. I replaced it with a K6-III and still use it for stuff like word processing and really old games, running 98se with 288 megs of RAM. You can go online with it, but it's pretty slow these days. It can't handle all of that JavaScript on modern pages.
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My first Pentium was a Pentium PRO. Beast of a cpu, 512kb cache at 166 MHZ I think? Might have been 150. I was 4 at the time and just getting into computers and to be fair, I didn't know how much of a beast cpu it was at the time. I think i've owned a pentium in most generations, including P2,P3,P4, Pentium D, Pentium Dual core e2160,e5200 and g680...and not one has let me down. Happy birthday!

Mine was a Pentium Pro also. I picked up a PPro and a Socket 8 motherboard dirt cheap to upgrade from a 486 late in 2000. Used it for a very long time. It was one of the 180 MHz parts, but I quickly discovered that the motherboard had an undocumented 3.5x multiplier and that I could run the chip at 233 MHz with no problems at all. As long as you ran real 32-bit software on it, it was as fast as a P2-300 because of the full-speed L2 cache. It turned into a dog on legacy software, but the only 16-bit program I ever ran was Winword 2.0, and that could run fine on a 486SX, so it didn't matter.
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