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Nostalgia question: Cyrix processors

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#31 HawkMan


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Posted 26 October 2013 - 06:50

Why does a computer with not just one, but two HDMI ports still have PS/2 ports ? 

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 07:17

I have a Cyrix x86 66mhz CPU around here somewhere, if people want. I can find it and post a picture of it.

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 07:45

Worst CPUs ever made IMO.

I remember having to work on them, overheated frequently, weren't compatible with some things and nowhere near as quick as Intel.

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 07:59

While this is partly true, it's very exaggparated and potentially misleading or even wrong. It completely ignores that there was a second player in the intel compatible market working to reduce prices. This second player was much bigger than Cyrix, much more successfull, had far better performance, and generally better reliability(provided the mono didn't have a chip that said VIA on it anyway) and this second player is still around today in the market.

This is of course AMD. Cyrix with its minuscule market and low performance didn't offer much in the way of threat to intel. And intels prices didn't really reduce compared to the market until after Cyrix was pushed out and AMD offered their talon CPUs with better performance than Intel at lower prices and we started getting more chipset makers and AMDs own chipsets started being released for the general public with far better stability as well.

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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.


Exactly, they helped make PC's more affordable for poorer people.''


Was a quote that cut out the person that wrote it and my comments, so not my words.


I answered with a similar comment to yours.