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Today is the 30th birthday of the industry standard known as x86. Thirty years ago, Intel introduced the 8086 microprocessor and though the chip wasn’t overly popular, the underlying instruction set is still going strong, 30 years later. ComputerWorld takes us through the history and future for the venerable and popular architecture.



In the three decades since the introduction of the 8086, the x86 family has systematically progressed from desktop PCs to servers to portable computers to supercomputers. Along the way, it has killed or held at bay a host of competing architectures and chip makers. Even some markets that had seemed locked up by competitors, such as Apple's use of Motorola PowerPCs in the Macintosh computer, have yielded to x86 in recent years. How did Intel's architecture come to dominate so much of the computing world? Let's take a look.
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Happy Birthday!!!

Nice find, news master.

It's crazy how much it's evolved over the years....

SkyNet FTW!!!
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Yes. Lots of changes. I think I still had an 80826 machine with the 360K floppy disk (??) at my basement.
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Yes. Lots of changes. I think I still had an 80826 machine with the 360K floppy disk at my basement.
LOL High dollar power house at the time!

I found a flyer in my store (Radio Shack) from 1990 that made me smile. 10MHZ Tandy with 256k RAM = ONLY!! $1549.99

The first computer I ever had was a Zenith brand, all the F keys were on the left side, and it was lightning fast.
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The first computer I ever had was a Zenith brand, all the F keys were on the left side, and it was lightning fast.

How many FPS in crysis
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How many FPS in crysis
About 8 billion...
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The first computer we had when I was a kid was a 12 Mhz 286 with a CGA video card, a Sound Blaster and 512 KB of RAM. It used to run Lakers vs. Celtics at a crazy framerate! The AMD K6 266 we upgraded to years later with it's 256 color Triton VGA card seemed like a quantum leap after that old thing.
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About 8 billion...
and a half!
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just think how in another 30 years, computers will keep improving. they get faster every year.
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and a half!
That half a FPS makes all the difference. Between playable and not. God I would HATE to play with 8 billion fps.
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