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Off the top of my head (And probably already listed here):

- Celeron 300A (OG OC'er)
- Athlon XP 2000+
- Athlon 64 3200+
- Opteron 148
- Athlon FX62 (Pure badass back then)
- C2D E6300
- C2Q Q6600 (Good ol' times with the SLACR)
- i7 920 (The OG i7)
- i7 2600K

And then Ryzen, but we all know about it.
 

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the usual celeron 300a oc 450 and other celerons (566 oc 800) amd phenom x2 550 unlock quad, 2500k, 2600k oc 5ghz, all Haswell K cpu's (delidded) as the new instruction sets nailed the ivy bridge performance and the 4770k, 4790k is still valid today in gaming.
 

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Some people here are listing way too many. There’s on average 1-2 legendary CPUs every decade. Not every generation.


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The Zilog Z80 - which actually made assembler understandable in the first place - and the 5Ghz APU when every other AMD chip was losing, A10-6800K Richland.
I think I bought one of those to replace an 8088. It screwed up some of the games my brother and I played back then because they became unplayably fast.
 

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I think I bought one of those to replace an 8088. It screwed up some of the games my brother and I played back then because they became unplayably fast.
That was annoying but kind of funny at times.

I remember task force 1942 - a naval battle simulator- was like that. Worked fine on the equipment of it's same vintage, but when I loaded it up on a machine 5 years newer all of the animation was 30 times faster than it should have been.

It made the 16 inch guns on the Uss Missouri fire like machine guns! Could simulate 2 day battles in about 10 minutes lol.
 

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2500k/2600k.

2700k isn't legendary, it's a moot point.
 

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Well the AMD K6 no doubt, along with the intel 386. The AMD Athlon 1GHz (worlds first 1GHZ CPU) Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Stepping E0. And probably the Pentium 4 Northwood that introduced Hyperthreading. Can't believe i forgot the Celeron 300A!!
 

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I am currently using the Intel 4790K overclocked at 4599MHz as I set it back in 2013 (7 years now). Still waiting for some reason to upgrade.

The Athlon XP "Barton" (2003) was amazing at the time. I was able to overclock that by at least 50% and it ran for years. If I remember correctly I think I had it running at 3000MHz.
 

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Old schooler here.

- Celeron 300A,
- Athlon XP 2500+
- Pentium 4 2.4C
- Core 2 Duo/Quad E6600 /Q6600
- Core i7 920
- Core i7 2500K
- Ryzen 3900X

The following are worthy mentions but not legendary in of themselves:
- AMD Duron
- Thunderbird 1400
- Opteron 165
- Core i7 4790k
- Core i7 8086k
 

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2500k/2600k.

2700k isn't legendary, it's a moot point.

Having better binned chips is moot now? Imagine deluding yourself into believing this bs. Especially when considering the minor price difference from the 2600k.


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dunno, paying 15% more and waiting a year for it surely wears down the legendary sheen a bit :laughings
 

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I have to agree with everyone when it comes to the Pentium 4. That CPU did last through 3 sockets. Once the Core 2 line was introduced, Core 2 Duo E6300 (great overclocker) and Core 2 Quad Q6600. Then you have the Core i7 2500k/2600k. Every once in a while I see YouTuber's comparing the 2600k to newer CPU's just to see how well the CPU has aged. As for AMD, I know the Opteron 165 CPU's were really popular back when I first joined this forum. There's even a fan club somewhere around here. I'm sure you'll find a lot of the ol' school members still contributing to that thread.
 
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dunno, paying 15% more and waiting a year for it surely wears down the legendary sheen a bit :laughings
Plus it's the same CPU.. We'd have to define whether we're talking about legendary CPU or legendary overclockability CPU.. That would result in a Q6600 B3 being junk while a Q6600 G0 is the stuff of legends.

If we go that way we might as well just list off CPUs that could overclock 24/7 stable by 50% or more from base frequency on ambient... Celeron 300A, E6400, Q6600, and the legendary few who ran an AM5x86 133MHZ at 200mhz.
 
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Look at pook always hitting them sore spots

but I had a B3 :sad-smile


It's ok, I did too. I don't think G0 came around until closer to 2008.. That's what we get for buying day 1 CPUs.

Let's not talk about my C2 Phenom II X4 955, now that's the stuff of inverse overclock legends. (Inb4 3700x comments, and I can't counter argue)

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I can remember the 8086 [the original, not the "new" i7 8086K] and was aware of Intel's 4004 and other early processors, however, the very first CPU I remember personally being interested in was the Z80 and the Sinclair ZX80 in the late 1970's or so.
 

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Let's not talk about my C2 Phenom II X4 955, now that's the stuff of inverse overclock legends. (Inb4 3700x comments, and I can't counter argue)
I still keep my 4.5GHz capable C3 965.
With the right cooling this thing can fly.

As well as 4.05GHz 1045T (50% OC from 2.7GHz).

Good cpu's but I wouldn't call them legendary.

AM3 as a platform was fun but complex to OC compared to LGA775.

My 5820K is 5 years old and still runs eveything fine but the overlocking process was nothing but headaches because of two-stage VRM design.
There's a good reason why this idea was ditched.
You better leave the power electronics out of CPU's.
VRM's on the motherboards are basically top of the line topology.
Multi-phase synchronous buck converters.
 

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Socket A Athlons you could OC by using a pencil on, I used mine for 6 years until the caps in my Soyo Dragon Plus finally died.
Athlons paired with a Soyo Dragon were both of my builds at the time. Socket A was awesome.


for an all-around list:

4004
8008
8086
8088

486/dx2

Pentium MMX

Coppermine PIII's

Athlon / Athlon XP

P4 EE and cedar mill P4's

Athlon FX's and FX X2

Core2 Duo

Unlockable Phenom II's

Q6600

i7 920 d0 nehalem

i7 980/990x

Westmere x58 Xeons

Sandy Bridge i5/i7's

i7 4970k

FX8350

FX9590

i7 5820

i7 6700k

Ryzen 7's (first gen)

X399 Threadrippers

8700k

9900k

3990X

3950X

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