Re: 6X86 CPUs

Howard Wilson (
Wed, 11 Jun 1997 22:58:11 -0500 (CDT)

> I read the note someone else posted about having a Cyrix 6x86 P166+ not perform near as well as a real Pentium. I'm having a hard time understand what optimizations could affect so much of a difference the real Pentium and the Cyrix. I believe I'm not alone in the desire to purchase (and hence support) a non-Intel CPU. What would it take to look into an optimized client for the Cyrix 6x86 line of CPUs? I have some knowledge of assembly for x86s from college several years ago and would like to help som
> eone come up with a better client for us non-Intel owners.

Ouch. Linebreaks every ~79 characters please.

I don't want to start/flame a "my CPU is better than yours" war, but you've
GOT to face a few facts. If you bought a Cyrix 6x86 P166+, you did NOT buy
a Pentium 166, and certianly not a Pentium Pro of any sort. You got a 120
586 (Pentium) clone. Period, end of discussion. When you find out it performs
on the level of a Pentium120, you really have no room to be surprised.

Now, there may or may not be a way to optimize the Deschall client (or
anything else) for a Cyrix. The fact will remain, you have the equivalent
of a Pentium120.

I never cease to be amazed by people who buy a crippled chip saying "I'm
striking a blow against Intel!", despite the reports of MANY programs
not working properly on said chip. Hey, flip that middle finger towards
Intel all you want, just don't cut it off.

When Cyrix and AMD stop lying about their chips, I will be the first in line
to buy them. Until then, Intel may or may not be a huge corporate monster,
but they haven't lied to me about what I was buying.


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