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Pentium is Intel's #1 (It's All About the Pentiums)

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What y'all wanna do? Wanna be hackers? Code crackers? Slackers? Wastin' time with all the chatroom yakkers?

Most of us who are running Intel processors are past the Pentium phases of our lives and are now rocking chips from the Core brand – be it a Core 2 Duo or a newer Nehalem-based Core i7. But according to a document that X-bit labs claims to have seen, the Pentium is still the most popular Intel processor.

According to the report, Intel projects that Pentium-branded processors will account for roughly 42 to 43 percent of Intel’s desktop chips volume in 2010. Core 2 chips won't be far behind at 40 percent of the mix, with Atom hitting 8 percent and Nehalem-based chips at 6 percent. (We're unsure as to what happened with the remaining 3 to 4 percent, but it could be Celeron.)

Although Intel did not provide comment in the report, the numbers so seem plausible on a worldwide scale. As much as we demand that our new computers be packing one of the latest chips, much of the mainstream market (especially in parts of the worldwide market) is price sensitive to the point that the older and much cheaper technology is preferred.

The popularity of the Pentium is not unusual, given that it is arguably Intel's strongest brand since it launched the first Pentium CPU nearly 17 years ago. With the steady rise and replacement of the Core brand, however, Pentium will likely be on the way out starting in 2011.

And now, a video that says it all:

Weird Al Yankovic - It's All About The Pentiums

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    ubernoobie , February 13, 2010 12:41 AM
    cant view cuz it blocked in canada :( 
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    ubernoobie , February 13, 2010 12:41 AM
    cant view cuz it blocked in canada :( 
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    B-Unit , February 13, 2010 12:52 AM
    Hehehehe, Epic win on the vid. EDIT: Its not just Canadia, they busted everyone, cant see it in the US either. Good thing its in my collection hehehehhe

    And this is exactly why they still have, and will have, a Pentium brand for a long time. EVERYONE has heard of it. Its their mainstream cash cow.
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    freiheitner , February 13, 2010 12:59 AM
    It's blocked in the US, too.
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    Shadow703793 , February 13, 2010 1:05 AM
    Try UltraSurf. Worked on showing the vid for me ;) 
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    AZRAELCRUZ , February 13, 2010 1:13 AM

    They should release Pentium 5
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    jhansonxi , February 13, 2010 1:14 AM
    This blocking by Sony Music reminds me of another Weird Al tune - Don't Download This Song.
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    apache_lives , February 13, 2010 1:27 AM
    azraelcruzThey should release Pentium 5


    Yeah they dumped that name fore CORE 2
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    killerclick , February 13, 2010 1:39 AM
    Hey, let's all talk about how the video is blocked! Boy, it sure is blocked...
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    ta152h , February 13, 2010 2:10 AM
    'Tis but thy name that is my enemy;--
    Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
    What's Montague? It is nor hand, nor foot,
    Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
    Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
    What's in a name? that which we call a rose
    By any other name would smell as sweet;
    So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call'd,
    Retain that dear perfection which he owes
    Without that title:--Romeo, doff thy name;
    And for that name, which is no part of thee,
    Take all myself.

    In other words, who cares what they call it? I do think Core is most inane name they could up with, but it wouldn't prevent me from buying it. It's like GM naming their next car "engine".

    As far as the Pentium name going away, that's wrong. They actually intended to kill it after the Pentium III++ (aka Core 2) came out, and then decided to add the name back into the mix.

    Pentium sounds more high end than something so prosaic as "Core". Core sounds like a workman like processor that might not be the fastest, but gets it done. Pentium sounds more regal, maybe because it sounds like Penultimate. I guess the Pentium 4 kind of left a bad taste in people's mouth though.

    They still sell Celeron, but it doesn't sell well anymore. The name sounds too much like a non-nutritive vegetable anyway. I don't know how they expected people to think "Celerity". Most people haven't even been exposed to that word. But most have been to Celery, sadly, and maybe even whacked for not wanting to eat it as a kid.
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    loomis86 , February 13, 2010 2:23 AM
    After pentium comes hexium, or sexium...depending on whether you prefer greek or latin. Then comes heptium or septium. Then octium.
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    mdillenbeck , February 13, 2010 2:28 AM
    I think the use of YouTube is a nice commentary on the transitory nature of internet media. I've even seen "respected" news sites try to utilize these videos, only to have them blocked or taken down (sometimes by the original poster, often due to unfair usage). It all screams to me "this content is nothing more that fluff that has no meaning beyond the time it was posted"...
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    daship , February 13, 2010 3:00 AM
    There is a pentium based on core 2 design and one based on i3 design.

    Long live Pentium.

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    shubham1401 , February 13, 2010 3:21 AM
    Pentium was really the best thing that Intel ever gave...

    I loved my Pentium 3 and pentium 4 processors.

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    zachary k , February 13, 2010 3:34 AM
    damn my procrastination....
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    eddieroolz , February 13, 2010 4:12 AM
    Sony Entertainment, you're never getting my money for blocking a damn video. Seems like you corporate idiots never understand that heavy-handed approach just generates more discontent.
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    Abrahm , February 13, 2010 4:45 AM
    Kind of deceiving because I believe Intel started relabeling the low end Core2Duo's as "Pentium Dual Core" processors. I know I picked a Pentium Dual Core up for really cheap on a new computer I was building.
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    ossie , February 13, 2010 5:04 AM
    Yummy boy, newer Pentiums are castrated C2Ds... and will probably transition to next gen cores. Even Celerons did it... well known names die hard.
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    hemelskonijn , February 13, 2010 6:51 AM
    Pentium was not a logic name any way ...
    Back in the day when intel cpu's used the 80x86 names clones started to rise and since intel was about to release the 5th generation of cpu's (80586) and could not trademark the number 80586 they named it pentium (5th).

    A pentium II would by that logic be a pentium (5th gen x86) version 2 and in case of the pentium II it made sense in some way since it was basically a pentium Pro with MMX however the pentium 3 was structurally so different that it was in no way another sub-generation of the 80586 the same goes for the awe-full designed that got the name pentium 4 (and no i am in no way a amd fanboy i use a combination of intel cpu's and ati grfx for years now but netburst just sucks).
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    JimmiG , February 13, 2010 6:54 AM
    much of the mainstream market (especially in parts of the worldwide market) is price sensitive to the point that the older and much cheaper technology is preferred.


    Current Pentium CPUs are based on exactly the same technology as the Core2, just with less cache. The latest models even have as much L2 cache as some of the Core2 models. Also the mainstream market in north america is at least as price sensitive as in other parts of the world.
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    elninofury3 , February 13, 2010 7:22 AM
    actual music video

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpMvS1Q1sos
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