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AMD vs Pentium A couple of years ago when Advanced Micro Devices AMD introduced its K5 microprocessor the phrase too little too late was plastered across their name countless times At that time if anyone were to name an underdog to the Intel dominated microprocessor market Cyrix with their dirt-cheap 5x86 processor would have been the favorite Intel had been the only processor that could handle day-to-day functions at reasonable speeds Such simple tasks as word processing and calculations then later gaming and educational work the processors were unable to perform The Pentium processor was introduced in 1994 no company could compete with Intel at this point It took until 1997 for AMD to even be noticed and then later in 1997 the AMD k6 series was introduced When AMDs k6 was introduced to compete with the Pentium Processor it fell short in all areas except one-price It was the cheapest micro-processing chip chip on the market The downside to this chip is that it did not follow the same format as Intel chips It needed a different motherboard a socket-7 motherboard This hurt AMDs chances at the beginning but in early 1998 they unveiled their mighty K6-2 processor The K6-2 Processor was bigger better and cheaper The processor ran on a 100mhz bus while Intels chips still ran on a 66mhz bus this made AMDs chip faster It also was nearly 16 cheaper than any Intel based Pentium computer The gaming community accepted the k6-2 with cautious but open arms With their new SIMD-Enhanced Single Instruction Multiple Data 3Dnow the graphics this processor were able to produce were amazing for the time due to the use of floating point intensive programs With the new processor and their own design they were not only keeping up with the giant Intel but they were innovating Intel answered back with its SSE which was to be included in its Pentium processors This
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