Thursday, March 22nd 2007

Pentium celebrates 14th birthday

On March 22 1993, Intel shipped the very first Pentium processor, the 60MHz model imaginatively dubbed the 'P60'.

Pentium was the successor to the 486 processor. Intel had originally wanted to call the chip the 586, but couldn't get a trademark on the number. Rather than let AMD use the 586 name too, the company decided to switch to a word. Pentium is obviously based on the Greek pent, which is the word for five (hence pentathalon, pentagram etc).

The brand went through a number of iterations - Pentium II, III and IV, amazingly - before being killed off in favor of the Core brand that came into play in January 2006, after years of mediocre Pentium IV performance.Source: Bit-tech
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26 Comments on Pentium celebrates 14th birthday

#1
LiNKiN
Staff
Wow that seems like forever ago!
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#2
BXtreme

Happy Birthday Pentium :D, my 1st proc was a pentium4 ^_^
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#3
Zubasa
Well, I guess there won't be a 15th birth day for Pentium.
Unless Intel pulls out Core 2 Pentium....
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#4
BXtreme
As the same as humans, teenage can be troublesome for Pc hardware too
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#5
mikek75
BXtreme, since you've obviously clicked on a Smiley offer pop-up I'd have a sweep for spyware!
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#6
BXtreme
does this have spyware ? http://www.smileyxtra.co.uk/
btw, i don't care about virus or spyware i know which sitez have 'em and then visit 'em, but a tiny spyware can't hurt me. But just checking, did a scan, no spyware found
EDIT: I'M NOT stupid enough to click on smiley banners or pop-ups :p
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#7
Eric_Cartman
wasn't there a news piece a few days ago about the new pentium processors based on the core 2?
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#9
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
My first one with intel inside (not pentium) was the 486 DX2 66mhz with 540mb hdd and a 4x cdrom with a 28.8kbps modem ::dies::
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#10
Darkrealms
by: WarEagleAU
My first one with intel inside (not pentium) was the 486 DX2 66mhz with 540mb hdd and a 4x cdrom with a 28.8kbps modem ::dies::
WOW! 540mb hard drive! My first was under 100mb! Don't remember but probably an intel too.
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#11
evil bill
same here WarEagleAU - it had 4MB RAM, which I upgraded to 8MB at the cost of £100 so I could run Win95
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#12
Alcpone
My first comp was a P75 and had about 8Mb of RAM and 1Mb VRAM lol

How things have changed :)
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#13
BXtreme
Cool :)
The story of the ancient computers...
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#14
ktr
my first what a 150mhz pentium pro, with 64mb of memory (which i upgraded to 112mb) and two 4gb scsi HDD. And a matrox 4mb video card. Every ones was jelious of my machine back in the day. being that the pro's where the fastest cpus at the time. if memory servers correctly, the unit cost around 4000, but through my old man's company, i think we got it around 2000.
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#15
LiNKiN
Staff
I wanna know, just for s & g's, what those old P60's could score in SuperPi 1M. :roll:
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#16
KennyT772
i remember about 2 years ago i was running winxp on a 5gb hdd, 64mb sdram, and a cyrix 79.5mhz cpu! it was from those days..

my first computer has a 120mhz Pent pro and 64mb ram. i still have the cpu(its now a kaychain)
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#17
ktr
by: KennyT772
my first computer has a 120mhz Pent pro and 64mb ram. i still have the cpu(its now a kaychain)
there was never a 120mhz pent pro :pimp:
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#18
KennyT772
must have been a regular pentium or something..hell if i know it was too long ago to remember. what speeds were the pros?
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#19
ktr
they where at 150, 166, 180, and finally 200.
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#20
vipercrazy
my first proc was a P2 in a compaq, actually my family had a computer from the stone age, the screen with the green letter screen and the printers with the two wheels on the side, ahh the kids these days dont know how well they really got it ;)
i should research what specs that thing had

my friends father had the 6066 i beleive, not may people know about that one, that came with the TWENTY MB HDD
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#21
Acer
My parents bought me my first PC in 1994 when i was 5.
Was a 486, and thats pretty much all i remmember about it, except that it cost 2,500$ at first and then was upgraded somewhat to a 1GB HDD in 1997. Got lost in the moving a few years ago.

After that i got my second PC in late 2000, wich was a Pentium 3. My Pentium 4 in late 2004 and now im building my watercooled Quad-Core Q6600 in 2007.

Happy Birthday Pentium! The name Pentium wont be forgotten for at least a few years, now that they are going to make Core 2 Duo's with 1MB of cache and call them Pentium.
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#22
Teh Gimp
My first PC was a '96 IBM Aptiva with a 200 MHz Pent Pro, 32MB RAM, 3.1 GB HDD, CD-ROM (8x ?) and a 4MB ATI Rage Pro 3D Edition. I could Run Diablo II on it. I have had ATI cards in my computers since birth. Rage Pro -> X600 Pro -> X800 GTO/X850 XT P.E. -> X1900 XTX -> R600 :rockout:
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#23
Demon_82
by: Zubasa
Well, I guess there won't be a 15th birth day for Pentium.
Unless Intel pulls out Core 2 Pentium....
I'm just going to say you an Intel trademark: Pentium E2040 & Pentium E2060.

Yeah, FSB800, dual stripped down Conroe cores. Pentium lives... :rockout:
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#24
kwchang007
you guys all had real nice computer back in the day :) i think the first that i used had a pentium....i think pro, with like windows 3.1, those were the days, no computer crashes/hangs, not to mention the bsod. then i used my dad's work laptop that ran 95 with one of those real docking stations (you know the ones that you would drop the laptop on and it gave it like another hdd, an optical drive) jw, what happened to those docking stations?
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#25
Completely Bonkers
My first "PC" was a Z80 1MHz, 1KB. This got upgraded to 16KB

My second "PC" was a 6502 2Mhz, 32KB. This got upgraded to 4Mhz and 48KB.

My third PC was 486DX 25Mhz. This got upgraded to 66Mhz, then upgraded to 586 P60. Yes, the CPU was on a card (Compaq Deskpro M days) and the processor card could be swapped! The P60 then got upgraded to a P233MMX (?) via a socket 4 to 7 converter! This BEAST used to play DOOM very fast, together with a Matrox Millenium.

The SAME machine then got upgraded AGAIN using a AMD K6-III. It was very very expensive... and imported from Singapore. The cache on this thing made if FLY. BUT... the CPU burnt out after a few days of use. There was no "thermal" control... and like MANY OTHER PEOPLE, I suffered my very first CPU failure through a AMD K6-III fry. I have never bought AMD since. I know many people swear by AMD today... but people like me who were early adopters got burnt (literally) and went straight back to Intel.

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