Re: 6X86 CPUs

kfrench (kfrench@why.net)
Thu, 12 Jun 97 12:15:44 EST


First, an apology. My previous message was sent using my ISP's
new webmail software and it shows you your message and
automatically wraps what you type, but what you don't know is that
it doesn't actually include carriage returns... *doh*

Second, the Cyrix 6X86 P166+ actually runs at 133MHz and the reason
they call it the P166+ is that it is supposed to run as fast as
an equivalent pentium 166 (plus some). Now, the last time I
checked, a few days ago, people using the OS/2 client on a
real pentium 133 was getting a key rate of ~600-700K/sec and
maybe better while my machine is lucky to get 525K/sec. I don't
know what pentium optimization the Cyrix can't handle but I am
willing to help get clients optimized for the 6X86 platform.

My intention was not to start a flame war over CPU's. If I had
my 'druthers, not to mention plenty of cash, I'd on the hottest,
fastest, most expensive thing out there. But, in the real world,
I buy what gets me the most bang for the buck. Chip makers play
there marketing game, and our game is to figure out the facts
throught the martketing smoke. Hence Cyrix uses 'P166+' and
says that means it is as good as a pentium 166, while Intel sells
(sold) 'daim bramaged' 486's as 486SX's.

I'm not really interested in which is 'better', I just want a faster
(read optimized) client for my platform. I volunteered to help
and can compile stuff for OS/2 and Linux so if anyone knows how to
go about optimizing the clients for a new platform, please inform me
how I should start.

*off soapbox*

Kelly French
kfrench@why.net