Intel Pentium has turned 20

Friday the 22nd of March has been the 20th anniversary of the Intel Pentium processor, a chip that was first introduced on March 22, 1993. The first product in the line, the Pentium P5 (the 5 standing for 5th generation x86 microarchitecture) was available in 60 MHz and 66 MHz versions, included 3.1 million transistors, had a TDP of up to 16 W, and used an 800nm manufacturing process.

By comparison, today's Intel Ivy Bridge processor - which is still technically a Pentium chip, despite being primarily branded as "Ivy Bridge" or "3rd-generation Core iX" - includes 1.4 billion transistors, includes clock speeds of up to 3.90 GHz, has a max TDP of 77 W and uses a 22nm process; how times have changed!

Be sure to check out one of the original Pentium adverts from 1994 above (look at how smooth those planet animations are!) and maybe crack open a beer this weekend to say thanks to one of the most prolific CPU lines of all time.

Via: Engadget

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when I replaced my PC XT turbo with a 386 (with VGA 256 colors graphics!), I thought it was all that I needed... how times change....

YouWhat said,
All that pops into my head when I read the title is the old divide by zero error lol

Really? because when I hear Pentium I think the horrible error they had with floating point precision (how close to accurate it was not length) (aka the FDIV bug)

neufuse said,

Really? because when I hear Pentium I think the horrible error they had with floating point precision (how close to accurate it was not length) (aka the FDIV bug)

I think you're talking about the same thing.

The divide by error was the FDIV bug.

boo_star said,

I think you're talking about the same thing.

The divide by error was the FDIV bug.

FDIV wasn't divide by zero, it was a problem with floating point lookup tables that caused rounding errors

I remember that you could buy the pentium 90MHz and then use it as the 100MHz processor by simply changing a jumper on the motherboard.
That's what I call easy overclocking.

If the Chief of Engineering on board the USS Enterprise is flogging them, you know it was good enough for your home computer.

Riva said,
I bought a PC with a Pentium 75Mhz and 8MB RAM with Windows 95 preinstalled

Our family got one in 1996 with a 120Mhz processor, 8MB RAM, 1GB hard drive and Windows 95... Was £1600 or something ridiculous like that lol

First day...as we had no internet connection...ENCARTA cd rom...OMGWTFBBQ

technikal said,

Our family got one in 1996 with a 120Mhz processor, 8MB RAM, 1GB hard drive and Windows 95... Was £1600 or something ridiculous like that lol

First day...as we had no internet connection...ENCARTA cd rom...OMGWTFBBQ


haha yes we used to get Encarta and Microsoft Works xD

I remember when my parents got the I think it was the Gateway P5-60 and then our local church got the p5-100 and OMGZ it was soooo fast.

I also remember I installed some ram turbo software on it and it caused the computer to bluescreen, it wouldn't boot. they had to get it fixed

Our 1st comp was custom built by a local company. I knew it was 100MHz but wasn't til years later I tore it apart to find a CYRIX processor. I remember buying Dark Forces just to have a cool CD because it ran at probably 5 FPS..

Next was Pentium II 266 MHz machine, what a beast!

The 66 was too slow for me. I waited for the 100Mhz in my 70lb Gateway PC. They even threw in a HP laser 4L printer for the sweet sum of $4000. I WAS KING!!!!!!!!!!!

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