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The Evolution of the x86 Microprocessor

April 14th, 2009

This is a brilliant article on the history of the x86 CPU.  Read the full article on Maximum PC, but a few fun facts first for the geek squad:

  • The Mendocino Celeron, dubbed the 300A, was extremely popular with overclockers, who could run it reliable at 450MHz.
  • The original Xbox uses a variant of the Pentium III Celeron processor in a Micro-PGA2 form factor.
  • The Pentium D branded 965 chip was Intel’s highest clocked CPU at 3.73GHz (which could be overclocked to 4.26GHz), though it technically was a Pentium Extreme Edition CPU
  • Almost 15 million Atom-based netbooks were shipped in 2008, with growth expected in 2009


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