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New High Performance, x86 Compatible Microprocessors from Centaur / VIA

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i miss cyrix.
 
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Cool. I had a Centaur WinChip 200 back in the day. Wasn't anything special except for being very cheap.
 
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The fact that it's supposed to be fast, cheap, and energy efficient at the same time, sounds so good, that I doubt that it's actually "a new challenger" but rather something that's going to be a niche product for people who just need lots of x86 cpu...
 
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The Centaur guys are good at what they're doing, but unfortunately the funding from VIA is what's prevented them from bringing out some real competition.
That said, the Zhaoxin chips so far has been based on old Centaur tech, maybe these new ones will really manage to catch up.
I know a few guys working at Centaur and I know they've been working on this for quite some time.
And yes, these chips will be socket compatible with Intel, but as such, they won't be sold outside of China.
 
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Heh so that's the link between those chips huh. Interesting.
 
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The last VIA CPU I saw was soldered to the motherboard, but it did manage to run XP, within reason.
 
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i miss cyrix.
I don't. The 6x86 CPUs were pure garbage. I remember one game crashing upon launching because of a bug in the CPU.
I don't miss VIA either. I believe it was KT133 chipset that was bugged to oblivion as well.
 
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I don't. The 6x86 CPUs were pure garbage. I remember one game crashing upon launching because of a bug in the CPU.
I don't miss VIA either. I believe it was KT133 chipset that was bugged to oblivion as well.
I believe that was Quake, but it didn't crash; it did, however, run slow as all hell because it effectively had half the floating-point compute capacity when compared to the then Pentium chip.
 
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Didn't play Quake, but I'm not surprised it wasn't just one game. The CPUs were crap :D
 
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I remember trying to play Microsoft Flight Sim of some generation on a Cyrix thing...

It was really bad.
 
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