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Pentium II and the AMD K6

IT NOTICES: this information is partially out of date, since he does not contemplate the mikes AMD K6-2 (or K6-3D). To know more on this question, consult in the margin the related topics.


It is a question of two of the most powerful and modern microprocessors of the two most competitive companies of the above mentioned sector: Intel and AMD (with pardon of Cyrix, which is possible that it re-arises in a nearby future).

The AMD K6 is a chip socket 7; that is to say, that settles in a socket of the above mentioned type, the same one that the Pentium MMX uses. Pentium II, nevertheless, uses the new slot 1 of Intel, for fundamentally commercial motives (the saying patent slot 1 is of his property, of what he tries to make use to throw AMD of the field of play).

To start, to indicate that both chips incorporate the multimedia extensions MMX. As for speeds, the AMD K6 exists in versions from 166 to 300 MHz, while Pentium II goes from the 233 up to 400 MHz (although these have a price for the time being exorbited).

Nevertheless, let's not think that the growth in services grows linearly with the number of MHz. Although a Pentium II to 400 MHz is much more rapid than one to 233, likewise a K6 to 300 MHz is opposite to one to 166, in none of two cases it comes to that one 70 % of progress that would indicate the MHz differences; in fact, it turns out to be extremely difficult to come at least to 45 % of progress using the most rapid.

The proper characteristics of the chips, as well as the programming miscellany in 16 and 32 bits, do that the yield of both chips in office computerization works (Word, Excel...) under Windows 95 is very similar, even difficult to appreciate except in long time periods and working intensively. This is a factor in favor of the K6, which is much more economic.

When it is a question of games or applications of CAD, the thing changes substantially; Pentium II turns out to be much more rapid than the K6, even if we compare a K6 to 300 MHz with a Pentium II to 233. This owes to a part of the chip called mathematical co-processor, which is much better in Pentium II than in the K6. Conscious of it, the AMD engineers have designed a new version optimized for games (and for other tasks) call K6-2 or K6-3D, which has appeared at the end of May in 266 and 300 MHz versions, and soon 350 and 400 MHz.

While the above mentioned moment comes, the things are of the following way:

  • Intel has the most polyvalent and more powerful chip, and the only one to 400 MHz.
  • AMD has a quite effective chip in very common tasks (all the regarding ones the office computerization), and much cheaper than that of Intel, up to 25 %.

What seems to indicate that for those that should need the absolute potency maximum, it should cost what it costs, Pentium II is undoubtedly his chip; for those who look for a computer of reasonable price in which to cover Windows 95 and to realize office computerization or to sail along Internet, the AMD K6 is the intelligent option in quality / price. For those who want a polyvalent computer in which to be able to play "ceiling", the thing depends on if they can wait up to the arrival of the AMD K6-3D, or if a Pentium II prefers to be bought already same.

Anyway, the facts are the facts: Intel sells almost 90 % of the mikes for PC, and his declared target is to sell 100 % as soon as it could. AMD knows it, and reacts with all his weapon, ingenieriles and TV/radio commercials, which does not do but to benefit the buyer. Both companies have good chips on the market, and not even the one is the supreme guru of the manufacture of microprocessors not the different one is a social climber without capacity.

For that they entrust in the marks first of all, news: IBM (yes, the blue giant, the big brother before it it was Microsoft) has done an agreement with AMD for which not only he buys them chips to 266 and 300 MHz for his new computers, but also the rights to make them of his factories for three months. If it does it Big Blue, the creator of the PC, will be for something...


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