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#1 chrisj1968

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 19:22

I never liked them but back in 1998-2000 when I worked as a specialist at the Giessen Germany PX for our veterans(which is long gone by now) we sold systems by Intel, AMD and Cyrix.

 

Intel.. I liked alot

 

AMD.. I liked alot ( i enjoy the proverbial underdog)

 

Cyrix.. Yawn....

 

But just out of curiosity, whatever happened to them? Did they die a horrible death? I really don't know... because for a long time I got away from the tech savvy world for about 4-5 years afterward

 

Why do I say Nostalgia? I didn't like them and I always steered people away from Cyrix processors because they seemed so inferior, slower and everyone whoever purchased one of those systems had nothing but issues and always returned them for their money back. Talk about a company being a waste of time.




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Posted 23 October 2013 - 19:24

They ended up being bought by VIA I believe, making low power low performance processors. I think VIA killed them off when the Atoms and C2D's arrived and the Cyrix' had the performance of a calculator and didn't even compete on power usage. 

 

their performance was always pretty horrible though.



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 19:32

I remember cyrix, cheap and fun.



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 19:36



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 19:36

I remember cyrix, cheap and fun.

 

Did you ever come across issues trying to get systems to work with Windows 98SE and dare I mention WinME?tomato.gif

 

@ Warwagon, you could've gone out for a burger and some fries and come back with time to spare (was that you in the video?)



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 19:39

I have a buddy that works on the VIA x86 cpus, they're still alive and well making chips with x86 instructions for specific markets. It's done by CenTaur technology here in Austin and its a great bunch of guys.

 

Even with all the quirks of the Cyrix/Via CPU's, they did achieve their goal of helping break the price barrier of PC's and showed what smaller 3rd party companies could achieve by licensing IP



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 19:47

then the configurations we got at the PX were terribly substandard. They seemed to have alot of compatability issues.



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 19:48

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 19:54

 

Why this isn't a huge thing? Ah hell, the price. Well, it's really awesome, nevertheless (Y)



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 20:09

then the configurations we got at the PX were terribly substandard. They seemed to have alot of compatability issues.

 

Nah, Cyrix where cheap and that's what they where sold as, but they where slow as hell. it didn't help that the only ones that bothered making chipsets for them was the crappiest chiopset makes, like VIA. and back then chipsets varied a lot more in quality, from rock solid intel, to workably stable other brand, to ... well Via... AMD suffered under the same problem, while their CPU's often outperformed intel, there was no rock solid intel chipsets for them :)



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 21:07

Nah, Cyrix where cheap and that's what they where sold as, but they where slow as hell. it didn't help that the only ones that bothered making chipsets for them was the crappiest chiopset makes, like VIA. and back then chipsets varied a lot more in quality, from rock solid intel, to workably stable other brand, to ... well Via... AMD suffered under the same problem, while their CPU's often outperformed intel, there was no rock solid intel chipsets for them :)

 

I think back in the late 90's AMD used VIa chipsets. I did catch hell at times because of this.



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 21:12

I still have a Cyrx-233 that I use for my DOS/Windows 95 games that don't play nice in current versions of Windows, VM's, etc..



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 21:35

Nah, Cyrix where cheap and that's what they where sold as, but they where slow as hell. it didn't help that the only ones that bothered making chipsets for them was the crappiest chiopset makes, like VIA. and back then chipsets varied a lot more in quality, from rock solid intel, to workably stable other brand, to ... well Via... AMD suffered under the same problem, while their CPU's often outperformed intel, there was no rock solid intel chipsets for them :)

As I recall VIA wasn't all crappy chipsets. I seem to remember them having some pretty decent boards back in the early Pentium... maybe up to P3 days. I believe my dual P3 board was a pretty nice VIA board. I do recall them having issues with compatibility with their chipsets though. Talk of VIA and Cyrix does bring back memories though, haha. This was when I was first getting into computer hardware, personally.



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 21:49

Why this isn't a huge thing? Ah hell, the price. Well, it's really awesome, nevertheless (Y)

 

Is it, though? I mean, a used phone could be hacked to be about as useful, and probably smaller.



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Posted 24 October 2013 - 04:01

I think back in the late 90's AMD used VIa chipsets. I did catch hell at times because of this.

 

AMD didn't use any specific chipsets. AMD didn't really make chipsets themselves outside of some server stuff. But Via was one of those who made AMD chipsets, one of the worst. also the biggest and hard to avoid, but there you go. today third party chipset makers are pretty much gone.