How many different typs of processor's are there?

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  1. Eric Stuckey

    Eric Stuckey Second Unit

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    I know of, AMD & Pentuim, are there any other types?
     
  2. James Zubb

    James Zubb Stunt Coordinator

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    Actually there are a lot of different type, Alpha, MIPS, PowerPC, ARM, Sparc...there is a good webpage with a LOT of different processors on it at http://www.microprocessor.sscc.ru/. It is a little outdated though.
    I assume you mean processor for a PC running windows? Generally AMD Athlon and Intel Pentium.
    Therer are different models for each. Athlon currently is broken into the Athlon XP and Duron lines. Duron is the budget processor. Pentium is broken into Pentium 3, Pentium 4 and Celeron. Pentium 3 is pretty much dead. Celeron is there budget line. There are other high end models for servers but no need to confuse you further. [​IMG] There are a few other oddballs out there like Transmeta Cruesoe, Via C3. Those are designed for more specialized applications like notebooks or embedded systems or super cheap PC.
     
  3. JohanK

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    I disagree that the Pentium 3 is dead from a user point of view...probably is from a marketing point of view though since the uninformed only care about MHz.

    Clock for clock, the Tualatin P3s are faster than the Willie P4.
     
  4. Hugh M

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    forget it, I hit Escape and my post disappeared.
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  5. JohanK

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    Hugh, please post your thoughts. I'm interested in hearing what you have to say.
     
  6. Hugh M

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    ok,

    well I agree with the P3. I guess the P4's are getting better, but initially they were a big flop. (no pun intended).

    as far as these different processors, most of them exist to serve a different purpose. Graphics workstations, console/arcade games, servers, PCs, everything else. Kind of like cars, or BEER. Micro Brews, race cars, eighteen wheelers, O'Doul's, Ford Escorts (RIP). Some are designed for stability, some are designed for speed. Other points like cost and the ability to be mass produced.

    There was a link on one of these forums (here or elsewhere) for an upgrade to a Pentium 3 specifically for Hewelett-Packard Servers. The thing was $1300, and the price was real.

    I learned today that SGI (formerly silicon graohics) is in the business of making high-end servers and workstations for graphics companies of various types. One of their workstations was just launched and it costs $11,000. It looks like a tricked out Gaming rig, but it runs on a whole different processor, hardware, and OS and software. The processor is 600Mhz, but the timing essentially can equate to a 1.4 MHz AMD. The machines are majorly stable and excel for the intended purpose. Purpose served.

    I know that big changes are always happening in PC's. But usually these are evolutional. I think there are some things happening right now with Microsoft, AOL, IBM, Linux that are going to really shake things up in the near future. Who knows what processor we'll be using under what OS? I don't know, but I hope whoever wins, we have some rights left in the end. Most likely everything media related will end up being something similar to digital cable or satelite. Pay-Per-View, rent, subscribe. But do not own a thing. sucks.
     
  7. Jason Merrick

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    I just read in PCWorld about a new Fujitsu Notebook featuring a "Transmeta 800-MHz Crusoe TM5800 chip". They offer this link, where I found the following info:
     

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